The penultimate month of the year is filled with many good things to do in Japan in November. During this time, the country is taken over by autumn foliage, ensuring picturesque cycling tours and incredible canoeing and kayaking in Amami Oshima and other islands. The skies remain clear, filled by brisk air, and making for amazing paragliding adventures in Kyoto.
The weather grows chilly with the prospective of winter, but that only builds up the setting for many other great things to do in Japan in November, such as spending the day at Kyoto Arashiyama onsen and others. Pottery and Japanese cooking classes are sure to keep you warm as well!
From night snorkeling to segway adventures, we explore all the best things to do in Japan in November!
1. Explore Japan's Cycling Trails this Fall
The autumn season is a great time to go cycling. It is a great way to explore the countryside, get some exercise, and enjoy the fresh air and colorful autumn foliage. We have selected some of our favorite cycling tours in Japan for you:
2. Autumn leaves viewing wearing a Kimono
Kyoto is one of the most beautiful cities in Japan, and one of the most popular places to visit in autumn. It's a great time to dress up in a kimono, take a stroll around the city and enjoy the beautiful autumn leaves.
Here are some tips on how to do it right:
1. Make sure you're wearing a kimono that fits you well
2. Don't wear high heels!
3. Choose a kimono with pretty colors and patterns
3. Hidden hot-spring retreats in Japan
November can be a little cold in Japan, but that’s perfect for spending the day in the therapeutic waters of a traditional hot spring bath. These onsens promise delightful baths and sceneries!
4. Gifted hands: Harness the power of creative pottery in Kyoto
If you desire to learn something new and fun before the year’s end, be sure to sign up for a Kyoto pottery course. Fill your kitchen cabinets with impressive vessel designs!
5. Amazing Show Restaurants in Japan
Have a great time savoring a lovely meal at dinner theaters in Japan, viewing its oldest theaters, or enjoying a cup of coffee with a dance show catered for a family-fun day!
6. Realize your Ninja and Samurai dreams in Tokyo
If you’re fascinated by Japanese martial arts, this Tokyo crash course allows you to learn the ways of the Ninja, including throwing stars, and blowguns. It also teaches Samurai customs, entailing wearing armor, swordsmanship, and more!
7. TeamLab Planets TOKYO (Toyosu)
Visit teamLab Plants Tokyo for a unique exhibition you won't find anywhere else in the world. It consists of 4 vast exhibition spaces with 7 distinct artworks. Get your tickets and immerse yourself in a totally ooh-wow experience like no other!
8. A bus tour of Okinawa’s most famous highlights
Watch gigantic whale sharks at Okinawa Churaumi aquarium, then spend time in the beauties of Kouri Island and Cape Manzamo, before winding up a blissful day with a ride across Nago pineapple park!
9. Yamanashi’s beauty summed up by a Lake Motosu SUP
So beautiful that it features on the 1000-yen bill, Lake Motosu is the pride of Yamanashi and the five Fuji lakes. It offers fairytale SUP tours in the foreground of stunning ranges!
10. A segway tour is always fun, right?
Come with your friends to Uminonakamichi Seaside Park and see the palette of fall colors this season on our unique Segway tours, one of Japan's Top Experiences!
11. A romantic canoeing tour
Paddle between a gorgeous natural tunnel of mangroves and find peace in the clutches of untamed Mother Nature in Japan!
12. SUP adventure in perfect Amami Oshima green
On Amami Oshima island, high-rises are replaced by beautiful mangroves that lean out over the water like umbrellas shielding explorers from the sun as they savor SUP tours. Rides couldn’t be more magical!
13. Kayaking through the charming Yakushima island
Yakushima island is renowned for its impressive collection of cedar forests and the scenic stretch of seascape that hugs its periphery, making for some of the best kayaking in the country!
14. An Okinawa night out of snorkeling and stargazing
For an exciting after-hours adventure, take up an Okinawa night snorkeling tour served with the dessert of a beautiful starry night sky. Explore the mysterious cave and see the glowing luminous insects!
15. Savor traditional Japanese cuisine
Cooking classes are a fun way to learn about Japanese cuisine, culture and history. Whether you want to learn how to make sushi, or try a new dish like Gohei Mochi (rice cake) or tempura, these courses are led by professional local chefs who will teach you how to make a variety of traditional dishes that are sure to make your mouth water.
16. Soar like a bird in Kyoto
Climb into the heart of the action with this list of paragliding activities in Japan. Try it for yourself and cross paragliding from your bucket list.
17. A double treat of water sports and bbq in Nago, Okinawa
November still has excellent weather for some fun out on the beach. Enjoy all sorts of water sports in the endless blue playground, and when hunger bites, have your fill with beach barbecues of shrimp, beef, and more!
18. Color and customize your own kawaii mugs in Tokyo!
Enjoy your morning coffee or tea in a cute yet original mug you have painted yourself! Choose to color either a bear-shaped mug known as the "Taimon-kun Cup" or the "Merumon-chan Cup" - a cat-shaped cup!
19. Miyagi SUP: Matsushima is your oyster
Bearing incredible views of Matsushima, this Miyagi SUP adventure is all about fun on a sea as transparent as the air above it. Paddlers get to see the beautiful sea bed and horizons of greenery and mountains!
20. Destress with a Yoga Class in Kanagawa
Take a deep breath and find your center as you enjoy the refreshing sea breeze with these beach and SUP yoga classes in Kanagawa.