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September 26, 2016 OTA News No Comments Email Email

If spring was a season for blooming cherry blossoms, then autumn would be the season for falling autumn leaves. These wondrous gifts from nature are worth taking a trip just to experience in person, and with fall inbound, it’s time to start planning for a trip. Start off by heading to™, which has recently launched the Autumn Leaves sale, offering discounts for hotels throughout Japan and South Korea for travels between October and December for customers to easily and affordably secure accommodation for their autumn leaves viewing getaway.

Typically, the autumn leaves start to fall around mid to late September in northern regions of both countries, and gradually move down south through to December. For example, in Japan, autumn leaves are expected to start showing up some time in mid-September for Hokkaido. And in South Korea, consider heading to Incheon if you are planning for some time off in October. To save your time from doing the research, has done it for you – here’s some of the destinations for viewing autumn leaves, with their suggested travel periods as well as hotel search rates showing you which of them are rising in terms of popularity: 

Autumn Leaves Destinations in Japan with the Highest Year-on-Year Growth in Search Rate

Ranking Destination Suggested Travel Period Search Growth %
1. Okayama Early to mid-November 319%
2. Kanazawa Late November to mid-December 249%
3. Hiroshima Early to mid-November 126%
4. Nikko Late November to mid-December 126%
5. Hakodate October 102%
6. Yokohama Late November to mid-December 102%
7. Chitose October 99%
8. Kushiro October 87%
9. Hakone Late November to mid-December 64%
10. Furano October 53%

Autumn Leaves Destinations in South Korea with the Highest Year-on-Year Growth in Search Rate

Ranking Destination Suggested Travel Period Search Growth %
1. Jeju November 120%
2. Seoul November 53%
3. Busan November 47%
4. Daegu October 21%
5. Incheon October to November 21%

When you’re on, be sure to check out Rewards. Simply book 10 nights with and you’ll get one night free. Once you’re registered in the programme, you’ll also get access to Secret Prices, which are discounted hotel rates that are found on the website, exclusively available to loyalty programme members.

Loved by Guests Hotel Recommendations
Destination: Hakodate, Japan (Autumn leaves fall in October)
La Vista Hakodate Bay – Genuine Guest Review Score: 4.5/5


Located by the Hakodate Bay, this hotel is surrounded by a beautiful body of water as well as the magnificent Mount Hakodate. Expect to have great views of falling autumn leaves when staying in this hotel in October. Adventurous travellers can also venture further away from the hotel to visit nearby parks, including the Asahiokanishi Ryokuchi Park and Suzuranokaminami Ryokuchi Park for different scenic views.

Rooms start at HK$2,199# per room per night.

Destination: Incheon, South Korea (Autumn leaves fall in October)
Oakwood Premier Incheon – Genuine Guest Review Score: 4.6/5


With the Songdo Central Park and Haedoji Park close, finding a place trail to take a walk on is never a difficult thing to do when staying in this hotel. Other notable attractions nearby include the Incheon Bridge Observatory, which provide fantastic views over the west sea, a perfect location for couples to watch the sunset.

Rooms start at HK$1,134# per room per night.

Destination: Hiroshima, Japan (Autumn leaves fall in Early November)
RIHGA Royal Hotel Hiroshima – Genuine Guest Review Score: 4.5/5


Built in the heart of Hiroshima, the hotel is an elegant option that offers views of the Seto Inland Sea with its upper floors. Its central location allows easy access to World Heritages Sites in the area, the Genbaku Dome and Itsukushima Shrine, as well as the Hiroshima Peace Memorial Shrine.

Rooms start at HK$543# per room per night.

Destination: Seoul, South Korea (Autumn leaves fall in November)
The Shilla Seoul – Genuine Guest Review Score: 4.7/5


An upscale hotel located 2 kilometres away from Myeong-dong neighbourhood. The hotel is located in the centre Seoul with easy access for all of its guests’ shopping and entertainment needs. Public transport is available around, as well as several tourist attractions including Dongdaemun History & Culture Park.

Rooms start at HK$1,614# per room per night.

 Destination: Kanazawa, Japan (Autumn leaves fall between Late November and December)
Kanazawa Hakuchoro Hotel Sanraku – Genuine Guest Review Score: 4.5/5


In this beautiful hotel nestled in Kanazawa, a city with historic charms and natural beauty, guests can easily get around iconic Kanazawa attractions such as the Samurai Residence, Kanazawa Castle and Kenrokuen Garden. Travelling in the right season will also endow travellers with an opportunity to experience falling autumn leaves in beautiful historic sites that are diligently preserved by the locals.

Rooms start at HK$1,458# per room per night.

*Terms and conditions apply.
#All prices are correct as of 22 September, 2016 but are subject to change. Please see specific details for each hotel listed by clicking at the hotel of your interest, and search with your preferred dates for travel to see the discounted rates for your stay.


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