Kōyō (or fall-foliage viewing) is a great excuse to get outdoors. Similar to cherry-blossom season, people celebrate the autumn leaves in Japan by picnicking, drinking and strolling with friends and family.

Use our Japan fall foliage forecast map to figure out the prime viewing times around the country. With total forest cover at 67%, the newly red, yellow and orange leaves are never too far away!

Japan fall foliage forecast 2023

japan fall foliage map
The leaves start changing color in Hokkaido, and work their way down south.

If you’re in the Tokyo area, be sure to check out our Tokyo autumn leaves viewing guide.

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Japan autumn leaves forecast dates sourced from the Japan Meteorological Corporation. Post last updated on September 22, 2023.

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