Throughout the year, amazing changes in season happen in Japan and the transition allows you to enjoy every season possible. After the fireworks in the sky during summer nights, the arrival of picturesque foliage in the fall is one of the most awaited seasons. From October to early December, you can watch the city of Tokyo be painted in crimson and gold, meaning koyo season (changing of leaves) has arrived. While it’s not as famous as the cherry blossom season during spring, the beautiful autumn leaves will still leave you breathless. Enjoy momijigari or admiring the leaves during fall as we introduce to you 6 of the scenic autumn spots in Tokyo.
Starting off the list with Rikugien (6-16-3 Honkomagome, Bunkyo 113-0021 Tokyo Prefecture). Built in the early 1700’s, it’s one of the oldest parks in Tokyo and also remains as one of the capital’s most beautiful spots for autumn leaves viewing. The park is decorated with maple trees of different varieties and gingko trees. It’s an Edo-style garden which has a notable feature of illumination display at night, where the garden lights up and brings life to the majestic, swaying leaves. It allows visitors to enjoy more of their time taking photographs and just admiring the beauty of nature. It’s highly recommended for people who are just visiting for the first time during the fall.
Yoyogi Park (Tokyo, Shibuya, Yoyogi Kamizonocho 2-1) is another place that won’t disappoint. It was used as the Olympic Village during the 1964 Tokyo Olympics and has been open to the public since 1967. A classic spot, witness the beauty of different varieties of trees ranging from maple trees, zelkova trees, and gingko trees. It’s a great place to bring your family and friends where you can do a lot of activities together like riding the bicycle or maybe spread out some blanket for a quiet afternoon picnic with your loved ones. The park also holds events and flea markets so there’s always some things to do and watch.
Another sight to see, Meiji Jingu Gaien (Tokyo, Minato, Kita-Aoyama 2-1) is often used in film and drama for its majestic location and scenery. Gingko trees adorned both sides of the road, creating a breathtaking landscape. During its peak season, witness how the trees glimmer from the light of the sun. A festival called Jingu Gaien Gingko Festival is held from mid-November to the first week of December where you can watch different live performances and enjoy delicious regional snacks.
Hama-rikyu Garden (Tokyo, Chuo, Hama-rikyu Gardens 1-1) is a breath of fresh air in the city life of many working-class people in the city. It’s the first of its kind where the pond has seawater, which changes depending on the tide level. The beautiful pond is surrounded by ardent varieties of maple trees. If you like to gaze upon the autumn leaves while sipping on your matcha tea, a Japanese teahouse is accessible on the islet, just a walk upon its two bridges.
Inokashira Park (1 Chome-18-31 Gotenyama, Musashino, Tokyo) is probably a favorite among the list because of its many facilities you can enjoy. The park is adorned with almost 600 trees. There’s the Inokashira Pond, Inokashira Park Zoo, a promenade and if you’re a fan, there’s the famous Studio Ghibli Museum. You can casually stroll around the park, admire the autumn leaves, take photographs, or just spend quality time with your family and friends. You can also ride a boat by the pond and watch how the leaves from the trees sway.
And last but not the least, the Showa Kinen Park (190-0014 Tokyo, Tachikawa). With a total area of 180 hectares, it’s the largest park in Japan. Aside from the famous gingko trees and its glimmering leaves, you can also witness the beauty of many different flowers in the park. These include sunflowers and tulips. It’s highly recommended for people to visit the famous road called Canal, a 200-meter road lined up with gingko trees. You can also sight maple trees among the gingko trees. Aside from that, you can also enjoy delicious variants of teas and Japanese sweets in the many teahouses located in the park.
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