Autumn – Off to see the beautiful fall colors

We have put together a feature on great spots for autumn color viewing to visit that typify the Eastern Japan area.

As autumn deepens and nighttime temperatures drop, the leaves of the forests turn many different colors. Some change to red, others to yellow, and still others to brown. Of special note is the beauty of the maple. Its brilliant colors will capture your heart.

Each year, the trees begin to turn first in the north, and the colors gradually work their way south. In Eastern Japan, the best dates for viewing the tree colors are generally from early October until mid-December.

Autumn sightseeing map for Eastern Japan

Here you will find a great collection of locations to visit in Eastern Japan for autumn color viewing. Check out the individual pages for detailed information on how to get there and what to look for.

Note: Peak viewing dates vary somewhat according to the local weather conditions.

Autumn sightseeing map for Eastern Japan Yuzawa-Kogen – Niigata Prefecture Oirase Stream – Aomori Prefecture Lake Tazawa – Akita Prefecture Chusonji – Hiraizumi, Iwate Prefecture Yama-dera – Yamagata Prefecture Naruko Canyon – Miyagi Prefecture Ouchi-juku – Fukushima Prefecture Karuizawa – Nagano Prefecture Lake Kawaguchi – Yamanashi Prefecture Nikko – Tochigi Prefecture Tsurugaoka Hachiman-gu Shrine – Kanagawa Prefecture Ueno Park – Tokyo

Autumn foliage viewing calendar

Location Prefecture October November December
Early Middle Late Early Middle Late Early Middle Late
A Aomori Prefecture                  
B Hiraizumi, Iwate Prefecture                  
C Akita Prefecture                  
D Yamagata Prefecture                  
E Miyagi Prefecture                  
F Fukushima Prefecture                  
G Niigata Prefecture                  
H Nagano Prefecture                  
I Yamanashi Prefecture                  
J Tochigi Prefecture                  
K Tokyo                  
L Kanagawa Prefecture                  

JR EAST PASS

If you're going to see the autumn colors in the Eastern Japan area, the JR EAST PASS is a great deal for unlimited rides on JR East Shinkansen and limited express trains. Get yours today!

  • JR EAST PASSES can be purchased and exchanged at Narita and Haneda airports.
  • Advance purchases can be made online as well.

JR EAST PASS

As of September 2014.