Autumn Colors Forecast 2017 in Japan

Autumn Leaves Forecast

Autumn Colors in Japan: 2017 Fall Foliage Forecast

The viewing of autumn leaves is called koyo or momiji-gari in Japanese, and is a popular pastime in autumn. The fall season is one of the most beautiful seasons in Japan with great weather that is perfect for traveling. The autumn foliage 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 fiery reds, apricot oranges and golden yellows of the season as the weather cools, and the koyo front makes it way south.

Autumn Colors Season 2017

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 season in 2017 is expected to be slightly later than average. The temperatures have started falling meaning that the autumn color season is now in full swing in the mountains of central and northern Japan.

The autumn colors are expected to reach their peak in Tokyo around late November to early December and in Kyoto around mid November to early December. Nikko in the Kanto region has reached full peak along with Karuizawa in Nagano Prefecture. The colors are also starting to change around Mount Fuji and the Fuji Five Lakes.

The table below outlines some of the popular destinations in Japan for viewing the autumn leaves with the average estimated viewing time.

More information can be found at the official Koyo Guide in Japan.

Autumn Colors Table (Updated 2? October 2017)

Autumn Colors Forecast 2017 in Japan

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John Asano is a blogger, traveler and freelance writer living in Gifu, Japan. Originally from Melbourne, Australia, he has lived in Japan now for over 12 years. John loves nothing better than picking up his camera and exploring all the amazing sights and attractions that Japan has to offer. He writes about the must see sights and attractions in Japan at Japan Travel Advice, as well as about Japanese culture and modern life on his blog Japan Australia. You can read more of his work at http://japan-australia.blogspot.com/