[News] Japan Autumn Leaves Forecast Japan 2017

Autumn is here! Are you planning your trip to Japan? Here comes the news of the day! Japan news page has come up with the list of the expected viewing period of the beautiful autumn leaves. I have done up the latest chart for reference and if there are any further updates from the website, do keep a lookout for this post.

Autumn Leaves

カエデ=Maple Trees

Little to know:

There are two types of leaves that you can view in Autumn when you are in Japan.

1) もみじ Momiji(紅葉、黄葉)= Red leaves / yellow leaves Aka Maple Leaves

2) いちょう Ichou(銀杏)= Ginkgo leaves

**I will only cover on the maple leaves.

Weathernews Japan report on September 5th

(Source: weathernews)

This year autumn, due to the hot summer in a lot of places nationwide mainly in September, and even in the upcoming October, Hokkaido is expecting a higher temperature compared to previous years. Previous years September and October were known to be the best months for viewing autumn leaves at the north and east of Japan high altitude mountains, however, this year it will be delayed.

On the other hand, Tohoku to Kyushu the temperature in October and November are expected to be the same as previous years. Most important point to note, there will be more viewing spots for autumn leaves at East and West Japan central this year.

The weather forecast for December is expected to be lower than previous years. Therefore, during this period downtown areas eg. Tokyo central will be welcoming the autumn leaves turning red earlier.

Tenki Japan report on September 6th

(Source: Tenki Japan)

Please note the translation I did from their website.

Northern Japan(Hokkaido・Tohoku) 2017

Hokkaido Expected Viewing PeriodViewing Period (Average) Average Viewing Trend
Sapporo(※1)Late OctLate Oct Same
Asahikawa(※1) Late Oct Late Oct Same
Obihiro(※2) Late Oct Mid Oct Late
Kushiro(※3) Mid Oct Mid Oct Same
Muroran(※1)Early Nov Early Nov Same
Hakodate(※2)Late Oct Late OctSame
※In Hokkaido the different type of maple species、やまもみじ(Yamamomiji)(※1)、おおもみじ(Oomomiji)(※2)、いたやかえで(Itayakae)(※3).
Northern EastExpected Viewing PeriodViewing Period (Average) Average Viewing Trend
Sendai Mid Nov Mid Nov Same
Aomori Mid Nov Mid NovSame
Akita Early Nov Early NovSame

Morioka Mid Nov Early NovLate
Late Nov Mid Nov Late
Fukushima Late Nov Mid Nov Late

East Japan(Koshin・Hokuriku・Tokai Kanto)2017

HokurikuExpected Viewing PeriodViewing Period (Average) Average Viewing Trend
Niigata Mid Nov Mid Nov Same

Toyama Late Nov Mid NovLate
Kanazawa Late NovLate Nov Same
Fukui Late Nov Late Nov Same
Kanto.KoshinExpected Viewing PeriodViewing Period (Average) Average Viewing Trend
TokyoLate NovLate NovSame
Mito Mid NovMid Nov Same
Mid NovMid Nov Same
Maebashi Early DecEarly Dec Same
KumagaiLate Nov Late NovSame
Choshi Early DecMid DecEarly
Yokohama Mid DecMid DecSame
KofuLate NovLate NovSame
Nagano Early NovEarly NovSame
TokaiExpected Viewing PeriodViewing Period (Average) Average Viewing Trend
NagoyaLate NovLate Nov Same
ShizuokaMid Dec Early DecLate
GifuLate NovLate NovSame
Tsu Early DecLate NovLate

West Japan(Kinki・Chugoku・Shigoku・Kyushu)2017

KinkiExpected Viewing PeriodViewing Period (Average) Average Viewing Trend
OsakaEarly Dec Early DecSame

HikoneLate Nov Late NovSame
KyotoLate Nov Early DecEarly
KobeEarly DecEarly Dec Same
Nara Early NovMid NovEarly
WakayamaLate Nov Early Dec Early
ChugokuExpected Viewing Period Viewing Period (Average) Average Viewing Trend
HiroshimaLate NovMid NovLate
OkayamaEarly DecLate Nov Late
MatsueLate NovLate Nov Same
TottoriLate Nov Late Nov Same
ShimonesekiLate Nov Early DecEarly
ShikokuExpected Viewing PeriodViewing Period (Average) Average Viewing Trend
TakamatsuMid NovMid NovSame
TokushimaLate NovLate NovSame
MatsuyamaEarly DecEarly DecSame
KochiLate Nov Late NovSame
KyushuExpected Viewing PeriodViewing Period (Average) Average Viewing Trend
FukuokaLate NovLate NovSame
BeppuLate NovLate NovSame
NagasakiEarly DecEarly DecSame
SagaLate NovLate Nov Same
KumamotoEarly DecEarly DecSame
MiyazakiMid DecMid DecLate
KagoshimaMid DecMid DecLate

To note:

This is only a rough prediction. For the latest update, you will need to visit Nihon-kankou (No update yet). Their system will be updated every Thursday on the latest condition of the autumn leaves color.

(Update: 6th Sep 2017)

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