The 2019 Autumn Foliage Forecast Maps Have Arrived!
Getting the Best Autumn Foliage Experience
The expected kouyou dates, when the foliage will be most gloriously colorful, is affected by the weather each year. Cooler summers mean earlier dates, but summers that stay hot and humid for too long can push things back. Take a look at the general predictions for 2019:
The 2019 Forecast
With summer heat lasting into September this year, even the mountains of northern Japan are feeling it. We're looking at slightly delayed kouyou.
Even October is looking to be unusually warm for Hokkaido, which means maple leaf viewing will be a little late despite Hokkaido's generally cooler temperatures.
Kyushu has had fairly normal weather this year, which means that kouyou should be happening at the same time as previous years! Of course, being farther south in Japan, this is still later than much of Japan.
Central Japan (Kanto, Kansai, Chubu, Chugoku, Shikoku):
November temperatures are looking a little warm, which might spread out and delay kouyou a little this year.
The Best Resources This Fall
Since the weather affects the changing leaves so much every year, various Japanese organizations release yearly forecast maps, which are great for planning your kouyou outings.
If you do any kouyou appreciation, make sure to let us know all about your experience on twitter, instagram, and facebook! We'd love to see pictures from your trip.
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