October is the great month to celebrate the coming of autumn in Japan. There are amazing spots to enjoy the beautiful nature such as hiking and autumn leaves viewings. Also numbers of events are held this month such as Halloween parties and delicious food events. Here are 10 best things to do and places to visit in Japan in October!
Japan in October
Why should you visit Japan in October? The middle of autumn is one of the best months to travel the country comfortably. The average temperature in October in Tokyo is 16-20°C (60.8-68°F) while it is a little chilly early in the morning and at night. It is colder in northern parts of Japan like Hokkaido and Tohoku Region and warmer in southern parts like Okinawa and Kyushu Region than Tokyo. The island country offers a diversity of seasonal events and other things to do you can experience only in autumn.
1. Autumn Leaves
In cities such as Tokyo and Kyoto, the peak season for autumn leaves viewing is usually in November, however in northern part and mountain areas of Japan welcome the autumn tint slightly earlier, and usually the peak season for the viewing is in October.
Some of recommended spots for autumn leaves viewing in Japan in October are:
Hokkaido ▷ 5 Best Autumn Leaves Spots in Hokkaido
Nikko ▷ Best Things to Do in Nikko
Nagano ▷ Top 10 Things to Do in NAGANO
October is considerably the best month for outdoor activities in Japan as the weather is moderate (not too hot, not too cold), and especially on mountains, it’s the best time to see autumn colours as many of them start closing down for public from November. Even around Tokyo, there are several hiking spots that visitors can enjoy for a day-trip.
Here are some of best hiking spots around Tokyo:
Kamikochi ▷ Japan Alps Kamikochi: Best Spot to Hike in Japan!
Mt Takao ▷ Mt. Takao : The Closest Nature from Central Tokyo
Mt Oyama ▷ Mt. Oyama: Hike on the Sacred Mountain in Kanagawa!
3. Kochia Carnival
One of the most popular seasonal events in autumn, Kochia Carnival is held at Kochia Hill in Hitachi Seaside Park, Ibaraki Prefecture. The vast park is covered by cute and fluffy Kochia balls which are gradually turning its colour from green to burning red during autumn.
4. Hokkaido Food Festival
Autumn is the season to celebrate the new harvest in Japan, and people often say the phrase of “Autumn’s Appetite” as there are various kinds of seasonal food and ingredients to try. Numbers of food events are held during the autumn, and one of the biggest is Hokkaido Food Festival which is held in early October.
This outdoor food event is held for 4 days in Yoyogi Park, Tokyo featuring around 100 vendors selling over 400 delicious food from Hokkaido. From seafood to regional Ramen, numbers of signature foods in Hokkaido can be tasted within Tokyo 🙂
5. Tokyo Ramen Festa
Tokyo Ramen Festa is the biggest Ramen festival in Tokyo featuring nearly 30-40 different regional Ramen dishes. Only the greatest Ramen shops are qualified to serve their proud Ramen bowls at this event, and guests can actually vote their favourite Ramen.
Date: late October to early November
Halloween in Japan is becoming bigger and bigger every year. With economic perspective, it’s now apparently the second biggest event in Japan after Christmas. So, there are more Halloween events to be held in Japan during October, and also it’s becoming a huge attraction to tourists.
Here are some of best spots in Japan to spend Halloween are:
▶ 10 Best Spots to Spend Halloween in Tokyo
▶ Halloween Event at Universal Studios Japan
7. Shimanami Kaido
As I mentioned earlier, October is the best time for outdoor activities in Japan. One of the most recommended outdoor activities in Japan is cycling at Shimanami Kaido route. The route is often described as “the most ideal route for cyclists” and attracts cyclists from all around the world. The well-paved route is specially designed for cyclists with several stop-over points and scenic view spots.
8. Takayama Festival
Takayama Festival or Takayama Matsuri (高山祭) is a traditional festival held in Takayama City, Gifu Prefecture. It’s counted as one of the most beautiful festivals in Japan along with Gion Festival in Kyoto and Chichibu Night Festival in Saitama Prefecture. Takayama Festival is held twice a year in spring (April) and autumn (October).
The autumn Takayama Festival is called Hachiman Matsuri which takes place at Hachiman Shrine and the old town of Takayama City and features traditional floats, decoration, procession and lanterns at night.
9. Tamagawa Fireworks Festival
It’s not only during summer that you can enjoy spectacular fireworks in Japan. In October there are several fireworks festivals held across the country including Tamagawa Fireworks Festival (たまがわ花火大会) in Tokyo!
Official Website: http://www.tamagawa-hanabi.com/
10. Sengokuhara Pampas Grass Field
Sengokuhara Pampas Grass Field (仙石原すすき草原) is situated at Hakone, the popular Onsen getaway from Tokyo. During the season, the slope of the mountain is covered by with fluffy pampas grasses, which slowly turn into golden colour from late September to early November. Visitors can walk through the pampas grass field.
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