With autumn settling in and the fall leaves taking over the country, there are many great things to do in October in Japan! From sumo watching and paragliding around Mt Fuji to bathing in colorful rivers and visiting Huis Ten Bosch, there are lots to do when the latter part of the year kicks in.
Halloween is fast becoming a big deal in the country, and you can catch up with some of the festivities in burlesque clubs around Tokyo that put on sizzling performances for the masses.The things to do in October are also defined by World heritage temples and blue cave snorkels.
For more ideas on incredible things to do in October, our list has got you covered!
1. Up-close Sumo wrestling action and special lunch
Go behind the stables and watch rikishi square up to each other in a circle ring in Ryogoku.Be sure to ask questions later on and have a go at Chankonabe, a traditional sumo wrestler's meal!
2. Nikko's beautiful riches at your fingertips
Amassed with natural beauty like the Kegon falls at every turn, Nikko is a mystical mountain haven with a spiritual atmosphere. Explore Lake Chuzenji, the cultural theme Nikko Edo wonderland, Kinugawa hot spring, and more with an all-access, 4-day pass .
3. Visit a UNESCO World Heritage temple wearing Kimono
Kiyomizu-dera is an important landmark of Kyoto, and it is the site of a beguiling kimono rental experience.Rent beautiful traditional attire and take to the old Edo streets for strolls around autumn-colored trees!
4. Amazing Mt. Fuji & Hakone Tour from Tokyo
A cruise on Lake Ashi promises startling views of snow-covered Mt. Fuji while an Owakudani ropeway takes you across a valley rife with volcanic activity.Capp off the day with a buffet lunch!
5. Visit a lovely Dutch town in Nagasaki
If you fancy a trip to a 17th-century Dutch town, Huis Ten Bosch recreates the setting perfectly in Sasebo, Nagasaki.The presentation is complete with native architecture, encompassing a giant Ferris wheel and colorful tulips that are lit up in entrancing colors at night !
6. Minakami canoeing tour with autumn views
October is always a great time to go canoeing on Lake Okutone in Minakami.The summer shades have been replaced by rich autumn leaves, making for scenic paddling in meditative waters!
7. Canoeing and bathing in Jozankei's fall beauty
Fresh from Mt. Oizari, Toyohira river snakes about breathtaking scenery, passing through Jozankei. A canoe trip here means red and orange fall foliage and refreshing forest baths at designated points!
8. Experience Chitose's impressive October shades
A whole new world awaits in nature-blessed Chitose.The tarmacked trails offer heavenly cycling within banks of orange seasonal trees in October, and you can follow the floral appeal into the water with a boat down an enchanting river!
9. A day in the diverse underwater of Miyakojima island
The underworld of Miyakojima is never a dull affair. Clownfish hide in colorful sea fans, and sea turtles are always wandering about looking for adventure.Go diving with all sorts of sea creatures in Miyakojima!
10. Let your inner child loose in Yanbaru
Have fun on vine swings above a stream tucked away in a beautiful part of Yanbaru forest, as you climb waterfalls and enjoy treks with your family.Forget your troubles and live life on the blissful lane!
11. The clay is your oyster in Osaka
Master the intricate art that is the electric potter's wheel, and heap clay into beautiful pottery works using the power of your hands.There's no greater satisfaction than making your own, very useful souvenirs!
12. Marvel at a pumpkin limestone cave in Miyakojima
The yellow stalactites and limestone that curve into the shape of pumpkins earn the mysterious Ryugu Miyagi its sobriquet.It is a place of great geological wonder, possessing enormous potential for your Instagram selfies!
13. Sights and sounds of Mt Fuji from a go-kart
The Fuji Lake Kawaguchi presents carpets of blue waters at the footsteps of striking Mt. Fuji.Take in incredible sights of a sun-shined seascape as you explore the lake's pristine shores on a go-kart!
14. Paragliding beside the clouds of Mt Fuji
Giving new meaning to the phrase “getting high,” paragliding in Shizuoka promises a potent dose of excitement.With Japan's tallest mountain looming over the city, the views from up high are spectacular!
15. Romantic Tamba fall displays and brewery explorations
Tamba Sasayama and Kameoka are always a joy to visit in autumn.The scenery is painted red by fallen seasonal leaves, setting the tone for temple hikes and sake brewery adventures!
16. Show restaurant Burlesque clubs in Tokyo
Make the most of your Tokyo nights with burlesque club shows in Roppongi. Enjoy a variety of performances, including singing and pole dancing, accompanied by flash displays of LED waltzes!
17. Soar with the eagles paragliding in Kyoto
Hidden in lush surroundings in Nantan, a place where nature and peace roam free, this Kyoto paragliding experience defines the finer things in life.Watching the landscape merge into uniform beauty from among the clouds is a divine experience!
18. Rafting in Saitama's fall scenery
October rafting in Chichibu promises more than just exciting waves to ride out with friends; it also means the most vibrant canopies for picture-perfect backdrops.There's no greater bonding experience!
19. Hang-gliding with views of Mt. Fuji
Float in the foreground of Mount Fuji like a paper plane and enjoy the winds and sunshine from atop the sky.Fujiat has never looked more beautiful from such a vantage point!
20. Snorkeling with clownfish in Ishigaki
A vivid blue grotto in Ishigaki is home to alluring fish like the white and orange patterned anemonefish.Be part of this marine delight with snorkeling tours and other fun watersports off the island!