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A dilemma

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A dilemma

I plan to revisit Japan sometime soon, but I can't decide whether to;

1) Visit early September so I can hike Mount Fuji while the trails are open

2) Visit later in the year to see it in Autumn. I've only ever visited Japan in Summer before.

Any thoughts? What month is best to go to see the Autumn reds?

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1. Re: A dilemma

To see the Autumn Colors, please read these. The places where you can see it is limited in September.

https://www.japan-guide.com/e/e2014_when.html

https://www.japan-guide.com/e/e2014.html

https://www.japan-guide.com/blog/koyo17/

https://www.japan-guide.com/blog/koyo16/

https://www.japan-guide.com/blog/koyo15/

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2. Re: A dilemma

Early September is usually quite hot, just like summer. Mt. Fuji would be cooler, but if you plan to spend time in urban areas like Tokyo, Osaka or Kyoto, it can be unpleasant. Autumn weather is usually quite pleasant, though it is also a peak tourist season.

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3. Re: A dilemma

Autumn is much better. Temperatures are cooler. After October, typhoon season is over, too. Note that you should book hotels *now* whatever you decide. Prices go up as supply dwindles.

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4. Re: A dilemma

The Japan Autumn colours are spectacular. November seems to be the peak in most of the main islands.

As a bonus, the weather is often dry and very pleasant. For a November trip I wore skirts, sandals and t-shirts with, sometimes, a light quilted jacket and trousers with either a t-shirt or a jumper under the jacket.

This was for travelling mainly in Honshu, Kyushu and Shikoku.

Edited: 06 August 2018, 13:33
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