An all-in-one autumn bus tour from Tokyo is one of the easiest — and most memorable — ways to see the changing colours. If you’re keen to see some fall foliage, but not so keen on navigating multiple trains, then a bus tour is the way to go.

There are a number of Tokyo bus tours available during the fall season (October to December), where all you have to do is kick back and relax while being ferried from one fabulous sight to another. Here are our top picks.

1. Mt. Fuji and Hakone tour

From ¥16,411 per adult
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Mount Fuji framed by autumn leaves. | Photo by iStock.com/mantaphoto

This tour is popular year round, but autumn adds an extra dimension. You’ll visit the fifth station of Mount Fuji, cruise nearby Lake Ashi, and ride the Hakone Ropeway. Throughout the tour you’ll be treated to incredible views of fall foliage.  

There are several options for pick-up locations in Tokyo, and you can also upgrade to include lunch (vegetarian, vegan, and halal options are available).

2. Nikkō, Kegon Falls, and Lake Chūzenji tour

¥15,000 per adult
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Nikkō bridge. | Photo by iStock.com/SeanPavonePhoto

Another year-round tour made all the more amazing by autumn, this is a chance to see Nikkō at its best. The area is famous for fall-foliage viewing, as well as traditional spots like Tōshōgū Shrine. You’ll also be able to enjoy beautiful views of Kegon Falls and Lake Chūzenji as part of the tour. You can upgrade to include a traditional Japanese lunch.

3. Ashikaga Flower Park Illuminations tour

¥11,480 per adult
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Extremely limited availability

This tour takes you to Tochigi Prefecture, where you’ll enjoy stunning views and a visit to a popular flower park. After departing Tokyo, your first stop is Mount Nasu (also known as nasudake). You’ll take the cable car up to the mountaintop observatory with its gorgeous views — made even more striking by the autumn foliage. Then you’ll get to enjoy a buffet lunch, before heading on to Ashikaga Flower Park.

While Ashikaga Flower Park is typically known for its wisteria in spring, you’re here for the illuminations. This evening event features light-up decorations throughout the gardens, creating a magical atmosphere.

4. Gunma Watarase Valley Railway autumn tour

¥12,500 per adult
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Most departures are in November

This special autumn foliage tour takes you from Tokyo to Gunma Prefecture. Along the way, you’ll stop at some of the best autumn-leaves viewing spots in the area. In the afternoon, you’ll take a scenic ride on the Watarase Valley Railway, and enjoy the views of Takatsudo Gorge. You’ll finish the day by visiting Ashikaga Flower Park to see the evening illuminations. An udon lunch set is included.

5. Karuizawa maple leaf tour

¥8,700 per adult
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Limited availability

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Kumoba Pond autumn foliage. | Photo by Getty Images

Karuizawa is a popular autumn day trip from Tokyo, and this tour makes it easy too. You’ll visit two main locations — Kumoba Pond (also know as Unba Pond) and Megane Bridge. Both of these places are incredibly scenic and the fall foliage only makes them even more beautiful. You also have the choice of visiting either Old Karuizawa Ginza Street, or the more modern Karuizawa Prince Shopping Plaza.

Note: This tour takes place mainly in Japanese, with simple English translations.

Also read: 8 Autumn Day Trips From Tokyo To Give You Those Fall Feels

While we do our best to ensure it’s correct, information is subject to change. Post first published in October 2017. Last updated in September 2023 by Maria Danuco.

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