Japan Autumn Tours 2022

Japan Autumn Tours 

Autumn in Japan is one of the best times to see the country, the magnificent fall foliage is unforgeable. Our autumn tours offer a variety of options. Some tours are regionally based such as Honshu (the main island), Kyushu (the southern island) and Tohoku (northern Honshu). Other themes include food, garden and art, and walking tours which use the fall colours to augment their theme. Many of our autumn tours of Japan focus on rural and remote parts of Japan as well. Check out our Remote Japan Tours page if your interests are on the less touristy destinations.

All of our Japan autumn tours have a maximum of 8 guests per tour. The small group size makes it possible to enjoy the 'real Japan' in small restaurants and places off the beaten path where larger groups can't go and enjoy.

Autumn in Japan in 2022 

We have just launched the 2022 Japan fall tours. Thank you for your patience, we received many queries from you for 2022 Japan autumn holidays. Please browse them and make your selection. As usual these are only limited spaces and this is more-so with the pent-up demand caused by covid restrictions!


People often ask us when and where are the best to go and see the autumn colours, and what to do when you are in Japan in autumn. Our autumn colours trips are individually timed for you to see the best fall foliage at a particular time. That is why each of our autumn Japan tours have only one or two departures. Please read more about Autumn in Japan in our blog regarding when autumn is in Japan, best places to visit Japan in autumn, and what to do in Japan during autumn.

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Gasshozukuri houses in Shokawa Village in Gifu Prefecture near Shirakawago and Gokayama in autumn
14 days

This Japan autumn tour features the best autumn colours in Japan’s dramatic nature from the highest mountains to the deepest gorge and the wildest coastline. Full of authentic countryside experiences including a night stay at a century-old thatched roofed farmhouse. Enjoy the remote and rural parts of Japan less visited by tourists in fall in Japan.

Kamikochi at Japan Alps in autumn

14 days

This Japan walking tour takes you to experience some of Japan’s most pristine natural scenery with the Japan Alps high above you. A variety of short walks (8-10km) through the national parks and small rural villages in countryside Japan is the best way to absorb the brilliant fall foliage. In 2022 the itinerary is boosted by inclusion of Nagano region, and all the accommodation on the tour is ensuited private rooms with no shared bathroom.

Dewa Sanzan steps part of the Journey to the East Walking Tour of Northern Japan

13 days

This remote Japan tour takes you through spiritual mountains, national parks and rural villages ablaze in fall foliage. An ideal opportunity to experience the beautiful Japanese rural landscapes and the warm traditional hospitality of countryside northern Japan. This Japan hiking tour includes comfortable accommodation, authentic cultural experiences, gorgeous meals and superb transport.

Food image from Ukai restaurant kaiseki dish in Japan

14 days

On this exhilarating journey through central Honshu, the mainland of Japan, you will visit Japan’s iconic cities, farming villages and seaside hamlets while experiencing Japan’s centuries-old food traditions. The tour visits a first class Japanese knife manufacturer, lacquerware artisans, and a food model factory too!

Naruko gorge in Miyagi Prefecture in Tohoku (northern Japan) in autumn colours

13 days

This Japan fall trip takes you to Japan’s northern region Tohoku, which is much less visited by international tourists, with its authentic rural traditions and warm relaxed hospitality, intense autumn colours and stunning natural scenery. If you are after the most magnificent fall foliage sceneries in Japan’s countryside, this tour will not disappoint you.

15 days

Our most comprehensive and popular Japan autumn tour showcasing the spectacular autumn colours. This Japan autumn holiday offers a great mix of all the must-see sites of Japan, cultural activities and gorgeous Japanese food and memorable experiences.


14 days

Can you imagine you are strolling through some of Japan’s iconic sites under the gorgeous coloured autumn leaves? Japan is like a dream. This Japan autumn tour is paced to give you the time to savour the dream. This is our “Comfort” style tour which uses slightly higher level accommodation, all with western style ensuited rooms.

Dinner at Mujinzou Michellen foodDinner at Mujinzou, a Michelin star restaurant in Fukuoka as a welcome dinner at Food and Cherry Blossom Tour of Japan, Kyushu

14 days

This Japan autumn tour takes you to explore the island of Kyushu at the peak of autumn colours. Kyushu is Japan’s friendly western island famous for its temperate climate, laid-back rhythm, lively rural culture, and fantastic food. This is a foodies dream experiencing all the facets of Japanese food culture from production to cooking and eating for 14 days in the background of magnificent fall foliage.

Kinkakuji temple in Kyoto Japan in autumn

14 days

Highlighting natural and manmade beauties of Japan in blazing fall foliage, this ultimate Japan garden tour offers higher level of comfort and unique destinations including Naoshima and Teshima Art Islands of Japan. As well as the internationally acclaimed Japanese gardens and art museums, this Japan art and culture tour will take you to some hidden beauties.

Walking Tour of Japan in Autumn on the Nakasendo way - Tsumago

12 days

An unforgettable hiking experience in the countryside Japan along the Nakasendo Way – Japan’s most popular walking route. In addition this active holiday will take you to secret backstreet walks in the iconic cities of Tokyo, Kyoto and Takayama.

Private Tours and Tour Extensions

Don't forget we can create your own Private Tour for your family or group if you prefer. We have many Private Tour Model Itineraries to give you some ideas. The page also include model itineraries for Tour Extensions which you can add at the beginning or end of your Group Tour.


People in Barry Erridge Private Tour group travelled in April 2016 cherry blossom season in Japan 900 x 600
Fun in Japan
People of Kareela Probus Private Tour Group travelled Japan in April 2017, a group photo at Kanazawa Castle 900 x 600
People of Deb Lambert Private Tour group celebrating 50th wedding anniversary of the parents at Kawaguchiko ryokan in yukata

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

Our Travel Style

At Journey to the East we are committed to providing authentic, small group tours to Japan – whether standard tours or custom-built for private groups. Our travel style is to immerse you in the culture and landscape of the country and expose you to a rich variety of unique experiences.