Autumn in Japan occurs between September and November, being one of the best seasons to visit the country. The colorful fall leaves are the main attraction at this time of year, as the whole country turns bright with its warm hues. In addition to numerous special events throughout Japan, including some related to major food events and Halloween parties. Here you will find interesting programs and places to visit during the season.


During this time, temperatures in Tokyo are 23-28 (73.4-82.4 ° F) during the day and 18-21 (64.4-69.8 ° F) in the morning and at night. In October, it drops to 19-23 ℃ (66.2-73.4 ° F) during the day and 14-18 ℃ (57.2-64.4 ° F) in the morning and at night.

Important events

Meiji Jingu Gaien Ginkgo Festival
The 300-meter-long ginkgo avenue in Meiji Jingu Gaien is a famous place to admire the fall foliage. The Jingu Gaien Ginkgo Festival, scheduled to coincide with the peak of the ginkgo season, draws large crowds with family events as well as stalls offering gourmet food and fine products.

Tokyo Ramen Show

Held at the Komazawa Olympic Park, from late October to early November, the Tokyo Ramen Show is one of Japan’s largest outdoor events dedicated to noodles. Each region of Japan has its own ramen, some have a long history and others, particularly recently, use local ingredients to revitalize the community.

Autumn leaves

This is the visual impression from October to November. It is one of the most beautiful times of the year when the entire country is covered in colors of red, yellow and orange.

Japanese gardens

When it comes to autumn leaves, traditional Japanese gardens are one of the best places to enjoy the colorful hues. The stunning mix of fall colors and Japanese Zen gardens can only be enjoyed during this season. Also, in many gardens there are lighting activities and the temples are open late.

Grand sumo tournament

Attending a sumo tournament is one of the most special and extraordinary experiences that you can enjoy in Japan. The big sumo tournaments are held 6 times a year across the country.

Winter illuminations

Many start in November. Light shows tend to be more crowded in December and after, so visiting before peak season begins.

Food in Autumn


Apples are known as “autumn fruits” in Japan, as well as persimmons because their season is from October to December.

Sweet potatoes

sweet potatoes can be said to remind the Japanese of autumn. Street cart vendors selling roast potatoes are a fall staple in Japan.


Kabocha (Japanese squash) is a type of winter squash with tough green skin and orange pulp. They are usually sold whole, or in halves, quarters and slices.

The weather and autumn scenery in Japan make this season one of the best times for a trip to Japan.

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