Autumn Foliage Forecast 2023 Japan – When and Where To See Autumn Leaves

Autumn Leaves Foliage Forecast Japan 2021 Momiji

Autumn Foliage Forecast 2023 Japan – It’s this time of the year again! Autumn is one of the most beautiful season in Japan and it’s personally my favourite. The leaves on the trees will slowly turn yellow, orange or red, giving a colourful look to the amazing natural landscapes of Japan.

As you may know, Autumn foliage is largely influenced by weather and this natural phenomenon doesn’t happen at the same time in all the country.

The Japan Meteorological Corporation recently released its first Autumn foliage forecast 2023. These dates are basically the best viewing dates of Autumn leaves for each region in Japan.

During the Koyo season, you will be able to see 2 popular Autumn leaves: the red Momiji (maple trees) and the yellow Ginkgo. The viewing dates for these 2 categories of leaves are slightly different as you will see in the maps below.

2023 Best Viewing Dates for Momiji in Japan

Autumn Foliage Forecast Japan 2021 Momiji

For the Momiji, the red maple leaves, the best time to see them will be early November (11/8) in Sapporo, Hokkaido. To view them in Tokyo, you will have to wait until the end of November. For Osaka and Kyoto, the best time to view Momiji in 2023 will be early December.

Autumn Foliage Forecast 2023 Momiji

2022 Best Viewing Dates for Ginkgo in Japan

Autumn Foliage Forecast Japan 2021 Ginkgo

As you can see, the best viewing dates for Gingko leaves are a bit different from the Momiji ones. But the same logic applies as the north of Japan is the first place where you will be able to see Gingko leaves this year.

For Sapporo, make sure to be there around the 6th of November. For the capital Tokyo, it will be around the 25th of November, 5 days before the Momiji. For Osaka and Kyoto, the best viewing dates will be around the 24th of November, more than a week before the Momiji.

Autumn Foliage Forecast 2023 Ginkgo

Where To See Autumn Leaves Spots in Japan?

There are so many beautiful Autumn spots in the land of the rising sun but if you need some guidance, we selected for you the best ones nationwide, in Tokyo and in Kyoto.

Enjoy the Koyo season in Japan and feel free to let us know what are your favourite spots in the comments below!

Another great season to travel in Japan is spring to enjoy the legendary cherry blossoms. Check this out for more details on when they bloom: Sakura Forecast Japan.

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