In November last year I was lucky enough to visit Japan in the Autumn on a press trip to Wakayama City. It was a whirlwind visit to Japan, but in less than four days I managed to see Wakayama City, Kyoto and Osaka. All with beautiful Autumn coloured leaves on the trees. Everyone knows about visiting Japan during Spring blossom time, but I promise you it is just as good if not better in Autumn too. The leaves on the trees are all kinds of beautiful oranges and pinks and reds and greens. Worth the trip to Japan, even for just a few days.

I bought myself a new camera just before I left and was desperate to try it out in such a beautiful country. I’m still learning, but here are some of my favourites that will surely make you want to visit Japan in the Autumn. You may be still planning your summer holidays but I know I am already thinking ahead to next Autumn too.

1. The gorgeous Autumn leaves at Wakayama Castle

Autumn leaves in My Secret Wakayama

2. Just a little close up on some more Autumn leaves

Autumn leaves in Tenryū Shiseizen-ji

3. The crisp clear blue morning sky outside our Ryokan in Wakayama

a traditional ryokan in Wakayama Japan

4. Clear sky views from the top of Wakayama Castle

views from the top of Wakayama Castle

5. Reflections in the water at Tenryū Shiseizen-ji

Reflections in the water at Tenryū Shiseizen-ji

Reflections in the water at Tenryū Shiseizen-ji

6. Views across Osaka from the Umeda Sky Building

Views across Osaka from the Umeda Sky Building

(More details on the Umeda Sky building, including costs)

7. See the last of the Autumn flowers in Wakayama City

See the last of the Autumn flowers in Wakayama City

8. Enjoy the colourful Momijidani garden in Wakayama Castle

Momijidani garden in Wakayama Castle

9. Bask in the Autumn sunshine in the Wakayama Castle grounds

Bask in the Autumn sunshine in the Wakayama Castle grounds

10. Walk through the orange gates at Fushimi Inari-taisha Shrine. Sure to brighten up even the dullest days!

Fushimi Inari-taisha Shrine, Kyoto in Autumn

Fushimi Inari-taisha Shrine, Kyoto in Autumn

11. Enjoy the hot steamy water on a cold Autumn night in a traditional Japanese onsen in Wakayama City

traditional Japanese onsen at night, Wakayama City

12. Spring, Summer, Autumn or winter the Arashiyama bamboo groves will always impress.

Arashiyama bamboo groves

13. Watch the locals watching you at Wakayama Castle (everyone was SO friendly)

local Japanese man at Wakayama Castle

14. Watch Japanese couples enjoy ‘date day’ in traditional dress amongst the Autumn leaves

local date day in Japan - traditional dress

It’s traditional that most couples enjoy a date in traditional dress at least once a year, often either during the Autumn or spring blossom. How cute!

15. Enjoy the Autumn views like the locals (friends often dress in traditional dress for photos too)

Japanese friends in traditional dress

16. Did I mention the bright red Autumn leaves?

red autumn leaves in Kyoto

17. And the orange Autumn leaves

orange Autumn leaves in Tenryū Shiseizen-ji

18. Erm… the leaves!  Autumn leaves in Tenryū Shiseizen-ji

19. Yup so basically just fly to Japan in Autumn for the leaves

 Autumn leaves in Tenryū Shiseizen-ji

 Autumn leaves in Tenryū Shiseizen-ji

Autumn leaves in Tenryū Shiseizen-ji

20. Alternatively wander the streets of Wakyama City, Osaka or Kyoto without too many tourists around

Osaka City centre - man on bike

For the smart ones amongst you, yes I did share more than 20 photos, but y’know Japan is pretty darn beautiful and I had too many photos to share. For more Japan inspiration see the posts written by some of my fellow bloggers:

Have you been to Japan in the Autumn? What do you recommend doing in this ‘off’ season ? 

20 photos that will make you want to visit Japan in Autumn

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15 Comments

    • Jen Lowthrop Reply

      Well I still want to go in Sprint… or winter or summer or I just want to go again! I think any time Japan rocks! 🙂

  1. This looks like so much fun! That bath looks so relaxing! Also I love the couples in their traditional dress!

    • Jen Lowthrop Reply

      Yes the date day was super cute! and the Onsen… well worth a trip to Japan just for that 🙂

  2. Awesome pics! I actually think I would prefer Japan in autumn than cherry blossom season. Love the colours on the leaves and being able to keep warm in the onsen. We went in August and it was way too hot!

  3. Need to hit you up for aaaall the tips when I eventually get to Japan. Always been put off by how expensive it seems but we’re planning to go for my bf’s 30th. Best get saving!

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    • Jen Lowthrop Reply

      Thank you. I do recommend a visit and make sure you stop by Wakayama for a truly traditional smaller city vibe.

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  6. Your style of writing is clear and colourful! The photos of Japan are top-notch! I write about Russia on my blog.

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