Autumn Colours Tours of Japan 2020

Japan in Autumn

Japan in Autumn

2020  Small Group Autumn Tours of Japan - max 8 guests

Comprehensive tours of Japan in autumn 2020 covering all the must-see destinations including Tokyo, Kyoto, Mt Fuji, Takayama, Hiroshima, Miyajima plus Northern Japan (Tohoku). Packed with cultural activities, these tours in the fall are ideal for people who would like something a little special in Japan.

On all the tours you will be cared for by some of Japan's best qualified English-speaking  guides. The small group sizes will give you almost one on one access to these specialists.

In addition to our 2020 Japan Autumn Colours Tours, on this page we have listed some of our speciality Walking, Foodies and amazing Garden and Art Tours that run during Japan's autumn. And don't forget to check out our Remote Japan Tours list, too.

The small numbers on all these trips in Autumn in Japan 2020 make it possible to enjoy the 'real Japan' with access to the culture in small restaurants and visiting places off the beaten path where the larger groups can't go.

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The northern region of Japan (Tohoku) is the place to go if you like the smaller and less touristy places on your holiday. Nikko is simply a treat in autumn as are the colours at Lake Towada. The picturesque streets of the tiny samurai town of Kakunodate are like a fairy tale and the images of the bay at Matsushima will stay with you forever. Even if you have been to Japan before this trip is well worth investigating further.

Departure Dates

Oct 20 2020Last Double place

Why choose this trip? It is an in-depth tour of Japan in its autumn colours to visit the key icons across Tokyo, Kyoto, Takayama, Hiroshima and the unforgettable Miyajima Island. Select cultural activities and amazing Japanese food, all fashion a tour perfect for people who would like to make the most of their time in Japan.

Departure Dates

Nov 9 2020Only 2 Places Left

This a more luxurious autumn trip is typically selected by guests who like a higher level of comfort and want to enjoy Japan at a more leisurely pace. The scene is set on arrival with a private vehicle transfer from the airport to your superior accommodation. The hand picked private tour guides will make your holiday unique. This adventure takes you though some of Japan's best offerings using the beautiful autumn leaves as the backdrop.

Departure Dates

Nov 1 2020Available

In late-November to early-December when autumn foliage intensifies you can see the Japanese gardens at their best. You will see the iconic locations of Tokyo, Hakone, Kyoto, Kurashiki, Naoshima and Takamatsu along the relatively warmer east coast of Japan. This tour offers travelers an easy paced itinerary, superior comfort of 4+ star accommodation, a mix of private and public transport plus highly qualified and friendly guides.

Departure Dates

Nov 22 2020Last Double Place

2020 Walking Tours in Autumn in Japan

Short and pack free walks (8-10 kms a day) are one of the best ways to engage with the locals and have an up close encounter with the pristine nature in Japan. The short walks off the tourist track in the cities take you to seemingly endless little gems. There is no need to carry heavy backpacks and you can pause frequently to enjoy your surrounds.

If you are a little more active, 2020 Walking Tour of Japan Alps in Autumn takes you to the amazing colours of Japan’s pristine national parks surrounded by the Japan Alps high above you. In addition to the 8-10 km short nature walks (without big backpacks) through the plateaus and valleys in vibrant autumn colours, you will also walk the backstreets of the iconic cities of Tokyo and Kyoto.

Departure Dates

Oct 1 2020Contact Us

This tour covers culturally intriguing and naturally magnificent 8-10 km day walks, including the pilgrimage walks of sacred Dewa Sanzan in the northern parts of the main island of Japan in early autumn. Seriously off-the-beaten track, this tour exposes you to the warm traditional hospitality and immersive experiences of northern Japan.

Departure Dates

Oct 7 2020Contact Us

This tour features Japan’s dramatic natural landscapes from the highest mountains to the deepest gorge. Full of cultural experiences including a night stay at a century-old thatched roofed farmhouse. Along with the remoteness, you will also explore the sophisticated cultural cities of Tokyo, Kyoto and Kanazawa.

Departure Dates

Oct 4 2020Available

Walk through the well-preserved villages and cedar covered forests on Nakasendo Way where samurai walked hundreds of years ago. The tour also includes back street walks in Japan’s major destinations such as Tokyo, Kyoto and Takayama still at the peak of autumn colours. This tour is well balanced between nature walks and cultural encounters, it is ideal for active people who are looking for variety of experiences.

Departure Dates

Nov 15 2020Available

2020 Food Tours in Autumn in Japan

Japan is well known for its cullinery skills. The 2020 Food Tours of Japan once agin offer tours that have a strong focus on food experiences together with an great combination of sights and visits. Packed with Journey to the East exclusive activities such as meeting experts and visiting production sites, these very popular tours will give you lasting memories of impressive Japan's food culture.

A real 'foodies delight'. Taste-test the freshest and most sophisticated meals while experiencing Japan’s centuries-old food traditions on the journey through central Japan including Tokyo, Kanazawa, Noto Peninsula, Kyoto and Osaka. You will be treated with special experiences such as visiting a Michelin star restaurant in the middle of rice paddy at Noto Peninsula.

Departure Dates

Oct 12 2020Available

A gastronomic adventure amidst amazing autumn scenery, exploring Japan’s fantastic food traditions and culture on the friendly island of Kyushu. Enjoy exclusive experiences at small artisanal food producers not on the tourist map. Some guests on this tour speak about the surprises and delights for years after they get home.

Departure Dates

Nov 10 2020Available

Had a fabulous time with a great group of people. I loved the country, the culture, the people and everything about the tour – hope to do another tour with JTTE – maybe Hokkaido or Kyushu next time

Vivien Hewitt, Western Australia

 This was my first trip with JTTE and already I am looking at the program for next year thinking about another one. I liked the fact that it was a small group, the organisation was spot on and the food everywhere was outstanding.

Dee Mason – NSW Australia

Autumn in Japan 2020

Choosing the right time to see the best autumn colours is mostly about where you go to in Japan. Almost everywhere in Japan, at the right time of autumn, is spectacular. A good time to tour Japan is from mid-October to see northern Japan and higher altitude parts to the west of Japan. The less crowded and most pristine areas see the autumn colours first. In the north, by early November, most of the colour has fallen to the ground.

The coloured leaves start to appear in volume in the central areas of Japan in early November. So, November is the time to tour central Japan. Trips the east coast of Japan towards the end of November are very rewarding. There are strong displays up to early-December.

Further south, in places like Kyushu where it is warmer, the very big displays of autumn colours are on show until well into December.

Journey to the East provides a range of Autumn Tours of Japan. The tours straddle the autumn coloured leaves season. Each tour takes advantage of the area in colour to see many of the unique sites there.

Best Autumn Colours in Japan

A great clue to seeing the best Autumn colours in Japan  along with what to wear is the temperature.  Look for an average of 17C high and 9c low. If it is hotter the colours will not be at their best, conversely if it is low you will mostly see twigs because the autumn leaves will have fallen. So, north is cold earlier in the year (go there first) and the south is cold later in the year (go there last).

See the range of autumn trips in Japan 

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