Japan in October 2024

Japan in October is a mesmerizing blend of natural beauty, cultural festivities, and pleasant weather. As the summer heat gives way to cooler autumn days, the country transforms into a vibrant tapestry of reds, oranges, and yellows. Whether you’re exploring bustling cities, tranquil temples, or scenic countryside, Japan offers an enchanting experience that captures the heart and soul of every traveler.

Weather in Japan in October

Autumn in Japan

October is a delightful month weather-wise in Japan, characterized by mild temperatures and low humidity. Here’s a breakdown of the average temperature ranges for key cities:

  • Tokyo: 15°C to 22°C (59°F to 72°F)
  • Kyoto: 14°C to 23°C (57°F to 73°F)
  • Osaka: 16°C to 24°C (61°F to 75°F)
  • Hokkaido (Sapporo): 7°C to 16°C (45°F to 61°F)
  • Okinawa: 23°C to 27°C (73°F to 81°F)

The weather is perfect for sightseeing, with sunny days and crisp evenings, making it an ideal time for outdoor activities.


October sees a moderate number of tourists, especially around the time of major festivals and events. While it is not as crowded as the peak cherry blossom season in spring, popular attractions can still be busy. However, the pleasant weather and beautiful fall foliage attract many visitors, so planning and booking in advance is recommended to ensure a smooth trip. If you plan on joining some Japan guided tours or visiting some of the country’s iconic attractions, book in advance to secure your spot.

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Price Fluctuations

Prices for accommodation and flights tend to be moderate in October. While not as high as during peak seasons, costs can rise around the time of significant festivals and holidays. Booking early can help secure better deals and availability, especially in popular tourist destinations.

Events and Festivals

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  • October 9-10: Takayama Autumn Festival – One of Japan’s most beautiful festivals, featuring elaborate floats and traditional performances. While you’re there, join one of our Takayama tours, to gain a greater appreciation of the city’s unique history and culture.
  • October 19-20: Kawagoe Festival in Kawagoe – A traditional festival with floats, music, and dance.
  • October 21-22: Jidai Matsuri in Kyoto – This “Festival of Ages” includes a grand parade showcasing Japan’s historical periods.
  • October 22: Kurama Fire Festival – A dramatic fire festival held at Kurama Temple near Kyoto, featuring torches and fireworks.

Best Places to Visit in Japan in October

  1. Kyoto: Famous for its stunning autumn foliage in gardens and temples. While you can certainly explore the streets alone, Kyoto guided tours are recommended for first-time visitors who want to get a sense of the area, see all the highlights, and gain some unique insights.
  2. Nikko: Known for its vibrant fall colors and UNESCO World Heritage sites. If you’re based in Tokyo, this Nikko tour from Tokyo will allow you to whisk through all the area’s top attractions in a day.
  3. Hakone: While you’re unable to climb Mount Fuji in October, Hakone offers breathtaking views of Mount Fuji with autumn leaves.
  4. Hokkaido: Ideal for nature lovers, with beautiful fall scenery and outdoor activities.
  5. Kamikochi: A mountain resort in the Northern Japan Alps, perfect for hiking and enjoying the autumn landscapes.

Best Things to Do in Japan in October

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  • Experience Onsen (Hot Springs): Relax in natural hot springs surrounded by fall foliage.
  • Explore Temples and Shrines: Visit iconic sites like Kiyomizu-dera and Fushimi Inari-taisha in Kyoto. If you’re looking to dig a little deeper and learn unique insights about these sites, we highly recommend joining a guided tour.
  • Hiking: Enjoy scenic hikes in places like Mount Takao, Nikko, and the Japanese Alps. When you join one of our Japan nature and wildlife tours, you’ll be treated to an expert guide, a carefully crafted route and itinerary, and a hassle-free adventure.
  • Autumn Festivals: Immerse yourself in local culture and traditions at various festivals.
  • Tea Ceremonies: Participate in a traditional tea ceremony amidst the tranquil autumn setting.

From Japan to Korea: Embrace the Beauty of Both Countries

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October is also an ideal time to visit Korea, Japan’s neighboring country. With similar Autumn weather, Korea enjoys sunny, dry days and comfortable temperatures for outdoor activities. If you’re already in the region, why not add South Korea to your itinerary? It’s just a short flight away! A combined trip to Japan and Korea promises an unforgettable adventure, merging modern marvels with ancient traditions. If planning a multi-country vacation seems daunting, our Japan and Korea tour packages are here to help! With a click of a button, we’ll take care of all your hotels and tours in both countries. Choose from our 10-day or 11-day Japan & Korea tour packages, and leave the rest to us! Alternatively, explore Japan on your own and join us for the Korea segment. Our Korea tour packages, starting in Seoul, are available in 4-day, 5-day, and 6-day options.

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Travel Tips for Traveling to Japan in October

  1. Pack Layers: The weather can vary, so bring layers to adjust to the temperature changes throughout the day. Worried about what else you’ve forgotten? Read through our full Japan packing guide.
  2. Book Accommodation Early: Popular areas can fill up quickly, especially during festivals. Check out our full range of Japan hotels and secure yourself a competitively-priced room in advance.
  3. Use Public Transportation: Japan’s public transport system is efficient and convenient for exploring. For further assistance, our collection of documents on how to get around in Japan should help.
  4. Learn Basic Japanese Phrases: While English is common in tourist areas, knowing a few basic Japanese phrases can be helpful.
  5. Respect Local Customs: Familiarize yourself with Japanese etiquette to enhance your travel experience.

Fall in Love with Japan: Leaf Your Worries to Tourist Japan

October is undoubtedly one of the best times to visit Japan, offering a harmonious blend of pleasant weather, stunning autumn foliage, and vibrant cultural events. Whether you’re soaking in an onsen, exploring ancient temples, or hiking through scenic landscapes, Japan in October promises an unforgettable journey. To make the most of your trip, consider Tourist Japan’s multi-day/multi-city Japan package tours, which include all your tours, transfers, and hotels in one bundle. Our site also includes a range of Japan travel resources to help you plan your perfect Japanese adventure. Ready for an unforgettable October in Japan? Contact our Japan travel experts to get things started!

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