What to Do in Japan in the Fall

Meguro River, Matsuno, Japan
Meguro River, Matsuno, Japan. Photo by Sora Sagano on Unsplash

When many people think of Japan, the springtime cherry blossoms come to mind. While spring is certainly a beautiful time to travel and enjoy all that the country has to offer, autumn is also a lovely time to visit. Japan’s trees lend for picturesque foliage, and the air is crisp but not too cold yet. From Tokyo to Mt. Fuji, here are a few of our favorite things to do in Japan in autumn.

Fuji Kawaguchiko Autumn Leaves Festival

This festival, held annually in November, is a can’t miss for anyone who finds themselves in Japan in the fall. Mt. Fuji is something to see any time of year, but the appearance of red and orange leaves around the mountain make for a truly breathtaking view. The festival also includes various vendors and events.

Marunouchi Illumination

This light festival lasts from November to February. Hundreds of trees outside the Tokyo Station are decorated with gold-colored LED lights that create the illusion of a city made of stars.

Meiji Jingu Gaien Ginkgo Festival

Ginkgo trees turn golden as they change, it’s a stunning site and creates a gorgeous backdrop for this fall festival. Check out all of the local vendors and try some traditional Japanese food as you take in nature at its finest.