Autumn Colors Forecast 2015 in Japan
The viewing of autumn leaves is called koyo or momiji-gari in Japanese, and is a popular pastime in autumn. The season in Japan typically starts in mid-September in the northern mountains of Hokkaido, and slowly makes it way down south reaching Tokyo and Kyoto in mid to late November. You can even enjoy the fall foliage into December in many parts of Japan. All this means a season lasting nearly three months!
The green leaves of summer change to spectacular reds, oranges and yellows as the weather cools, and the koyo front makes it way south.
The autumn colors forecast each year varies depending on temperatures leading up to the season. This means the timing of the viewing of the autumn leaves can vary by a few days to a few weeks from year to year. The recent warm weather and lack of sunshine in November has delayed the autumn colors in many places in eastern and western Japan including Tokyo, Yokohama and Kyoto. This has meant the leaves have taken longer to change color and the intensity of the colors is not as strong and vibrant as previous years.
The table below outlines some of the popular destinations in Japan for viewing the autumn leaves with the best estimated viewing time.
More information can be found at the official Koyo Guide in Japanese
Autumn Colors Table (Updated 29 November 2015)