There’s so much focus on visiting Japan in the Spring *chants cherry blossoms* that it’s easy to forget Japan is beautiful in all seasons. The underrated and most exceptional time of the year to visit Japan is in Autumn.
Autumn is from September to November and is a great time to travel because you’ll find that accommodation and flights tend to be cheaper! More money in your pocket to do amazing things. Everyone tends to just promote the beautiful red and orange scenery at this time of the year but there’s so much more to see and do!
Let’s get you inspired to experience Autumn in Japan!
1. Meiji Shrine Autumn Festival (Nov 1st – 3rd)
Meiji Shrine is a must see when you come to Tokyo and there’s no better time to visit then when it’s in full Autumn glory. Tunnels of glistening yellow and orange leaves line the park and will leave you breathless. The Meiji Shrine Autumn Festival is in honour of the Emperor’s Birthday and I’m sure there will be a big party happening!
2. Try all the chestnut and sweet potato things!
Japan prides itself on making dishes and drinks that use the freshest seasonal ingredients. Many restaurants will only use Autumn ingredients like sweet potato, chestnut, mushrooms, taro, pumpkin and salmon. Make sure you try these dishes as you will be blown away by the flavour. If you’re looking for something crazy, try the Sweet Potato frappe from Starbucks or Chocolate Pumpkin fries from
3. Happy Halloween in Tokyo (31st October)
Halloween is my favourite time of the year (and I’m not even American!) and boy does Tokyo know how to do a party! Thousands of Japanese dress up in costumes and flood the streets of Shibuya. You can buy a unique Halloween costume like Sailor Moon or plan a crazy group costume.
4. Jidai Matsuri in Kyoto (Oct 22nd)
This festival looks absolutely amazing because you’ve got Shinto shrine maidens, bowmen on horseback and lots of beautiful kimono. The Jidai Matsuri is in celebration of the foundation of Kyoto and is always held on October 22nd. Described as a ‘Festival of the Ages’ participants wear costumes from all points of history and is a great opportunity to learn more about Japanese history.
5. Takayama Autumn Matsuri (9th & 10th Oct)
6. Sip refreshing biru (beer) at Octoberfest (18th Oct)
Why go all the way to Germany when you can experience Oktoberfest in Tokyo? Tokyo sets up huge beer gardens, terraces, and even hosts a drinking party in the Tokyo Dome. Good fun and a great chance to meet some local Tokyoites.
7. Enjoy the splendour at Kitaku Fireworks Festival (29th Sept)
Do you like fireworks? How about 7,777 fireworks?! I feel like my dad would absolutely love this festival as he’s always loved a good firework show. The Kitaku Fireworks Festival is truly spectacular as Japan does fireworks like no other country.
8. Blowing bubbles at a Kingyo Exhibition (6th July – 24th Sept)
‘Kingyo’ is Japanese for their beautiful, elegant koi fish and this exhibit has been put together to celebrate these gorgeous creatures. Enjoy hundreds of beautiful koi fish in this ‘Art Aquarium‘ or for something a bit
9. Game on at the Tokyo Game Show! (22nd & 23rd Sept)
Tokyo Game Show is one of the largest gaming exhibitions in the world and at the frontier of so many amazing games. A huge two days packed with game releases, indie games on the rise and plenty of cosplay. Don’t worry about games being in Japanese – just go along and have some fun 🙂
10. Smell the sweat and tears at a Sumo Match
The sumo wrestler is such an iconic figure for many tourists when they think of Japan. The closest you may get at home is wearing one of those inflatable sumo suits, coming to Japan you can experience the real action. You can buy a ticket directly through the official Sumo tournament website with tickets starting at around $38.00.
Are you excited
about these Amazing Autumn events in Japan? Let me know in the comments which one you’d like to do!
Want more inspiration for your trip to Japan?
- Free Downloadable – The Ultimate Japan Bucket List
- When is the Best Time to Visit Japan?
- Creating a Japan Travel Budget – For 1, 2 or 3 week trip
- 11 Myths Bust About Travelling to Japan