[News] Japan-Autumn Leaves Forecast 2016

Thinking that this would be of some help to them if they are interested in viewing autumn leaves during this period of time.

I have taken some news from 2 different websites for your references.

Little to know:

There are two types of leaves that you could 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 about the maple leaves.

(Photo taken from: Zekkei Japan)

Autumn 2016

Weathernews report on September 7th a forecast of the scheduled period where you could have a chance to see the beautiful autumn folic in Japan.

As it is in Japanese only, I will do a simple translation of the article.

(Taken from weathernews.jp)

Is noted that this year due to the extended summer heat wave the autumn leaves will change its color a week later than last year. In Hokkaido, the highest Mountain Asahi have started to change its color.

For this year Autumn, in Sep from Hokkaido to Kyushu due to the late summer heat a wide range of areas are affected, thereafter the temperature will be around the same as last few years. In December, the expected temperature will be lower than the previous year.

Due to this reason, In comparing with previous year forecast which during Sep and Oct viewing of the autumn leaves have been seen at the Highest Mountain In Hokkaido and Northern Japan. This year the possibility of viewing the autumn leaves will be a week later than last year.

As according to the previous year, after Nov it would be the viewing period for East and West Japan, and this year would be the same. In Dec, for Kanto and city area the viewing period will be a little early as always the same as previous forecast.

Tenki Japan report on September 6th

カエデ=Maple Trees

(Taken from: Tenki Japan)

I have done up a translation taken from their website, even though Google can do the job but the English is weird.

Northern Japan(Hokkaido・Tohoku)

Hokkaido Expected Viewing PeriodViewing Period (Average) Average Viewing Trend
Sapporo(※1)Late OctLate OctSame
Asahikawa(※1)Late OctLate OctSame
Obihiro(※2)Late OctMid OctLate
Kushiro(※3)Mid OctMid OctSame
Muroran(※1)Early NovEarly NovSame
Hakodate(※2)Late OctLate 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
SendaiLate NovMid NovLate
AomoriEarly NovMid NovEarly
AkitaEarly NovEarly NovSame

MoriokaMid NovEarly NovLate
Late NovMid NovLate
FukushimaMid NovMid NovSame

East Japan(Koshin・Hokuriku・Tokai Kanto)

HokurikuExpected Viewing PeriodViewing Period (Average) Average Viewing Trend
NiigataMid NovMid NovSame

ToyamaLate NovMid NovLate
KanazawaLate NovLate NovSame

FukuiLate NovLate NovSame
Kanto.KoshinExpected Viewing PeriodViewing Period (Average) Average Viewing Trend
TokyoLate NovLate NovSame
MitoMid NovMid NovSame
Mid NovMid NovSame
MaebashiEarly DecEarly DecSame
KumagaiLate NovLate NovSame
ChoshiEarly DecMid DecEarly
YokohamaEarly DecEarly DecSame
KofuLate NovLate NovSame
NaganoEarly NovEarly NovSame
TokaiExpected Viewing PeriodViewing Period (Average)Average Viewing Trend
NagoyaMid NovLate NovEarly
ShizuokaMid DecEarly DecLate
GifuMid NovLate NovEarly
TsuLate NovLate NovSame

West Japan(Kinki・Chugoku・Shigoku・Kyushu)

KinkiExpected Viewing PeriodViewing Period (Average)Average Viewing Trend
OsakaEarly DecEarly DecSame

HikoneLate NovLate NovSame
KyotoLate NovEarly DecEarly
KobeLate NovEarly DecEarly
NaraEarly NovMid NovEarly
WakayamaLate NovEarly DecEarly
ChugokuExpected Viewing PeriodViewing Period (Average)Average Viewing Trend
HiroshimaMid NovMid NovSame
OkayamaEarly DecLate NovLate
MatsueMid NovLate NovEarly
TottoriLate NovLate NovSame
ShimonesekiLate NovEarly 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 NovSame
KumamotoEarly DecEarly DecSame
MiyazakiEarly DecEarly DecSame
KagoshimaLate DecEarly DecLate

**To note this is only a rough prediction of the autumn leaves period for latest update you will need to visit nihon-kankou. Their system will be updated every Thursday, on the latest condition of the color situation of the autumn leaves.

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