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Why should you travel to Japan in autumn?

Updated: Nov 14, 2023

Each season of the year has its own beauty, but perhaps autumn brings the most special feature, autumn weather always gives people a feeling of lightness and comfort. Wouldn't it be great to have a trip to fully enjoy that atmosphere? Let's explore the reasons that the country of the rising sun attracts many international visitors at this time.


When is autumn in Japan?

In Japan, autumn falls from September to November. The climate at this time is quite cool and pleasant, somewhat cold due to the coming winter, the average temperature in the north usually falls around 12°C, while the central and southern regions are around 26°C. The weather this season in Japan is neither too hot nor too cold, very suitable for a trip with family or friends.

Many people think that the country of the rising sun is at its most beautiful when the cherry blossoms are in full bloom during spring, but autumn in Japan is also magnificent and outstanding which visitors cannot forget once they are here during this time.


Autumn of yellow leaves and red leaves

Perhaps the most prominent feature and also a tourist attraction to Japan this season is the red leaf season Momiji. This is the time when Japan seems to put on a new shirt because all the trees change color from green to yellow or red. The natural scenery filled with the color of maple leaves is as beautiful as a painting, alive in front of visitors' eyes.


You can visit a few famous destinations such as the ancient capital of Kyoto, Nikko city, Mount Fuji and the Five Lakes, Tokyo or Hokkaido, etc. to fully admire the Momiji red leaf season here.


The red leaf season usually starts in mid-September in cold places and lasts about 50 days, the rest will last from 20-30 days, so if you want to be immersed in the red color of Japanese maple leaves then don't miss this time.


Autumn of appetite

Autumn in Japan also welcomes you with delicious dishes such as mixed rice, fried shrimp - Tempura, stewed dishes, Sushi, Sashimi, or rustic dishes such as mashed sweet potatoes, and grilled sweet potatoes, dishes. Eaten with matsutake mushrooms. Japanese cuisine is probably the most developed at this time, so although it is the same dishes, it must be the cold weather of autumn to make people fully feel their delicate flavor.

Autumn of festivals

And yet, autumn in Japan is not only considered the most beautiful season of the year, but also the time with the most anticipated festivals. These are not ordinary festivals, but they are all large and well-organized. Here are a few suggestions for you if you come to Japan in the fall:


Sumo Festival: in Tokyo takes place in mid-September every year and lasts for 15 days, held at the Ryogoku Kokugikan, Sumida, and Tokyo arenas.


Takayama Festival - one of the three biggest festivals in Japan: held at Hachimangu Shrine twice a year (April 14 - 15 and October 9 - 10). The festival is meant to wish for a bountiful harvest and to give thanks to the gods.


Kenka Matsuri Festival, also known as the "fight" festival: lasts for 2 days, October 14 and 15 at Matsubara Shrine in Himeji. This festival is quite attractive and attracts a large number of tourists to participate every year.


Autumn in Japan is probably beautiful in every way, making you feel like you are lost in a fairyland with countless interesting things waiting for you to discover.

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