Translated by MATCHA_En
Tokyo's Beautiful Autumn Leaves: The Best 10 Spots To Visit In 2017
If you visit Tokyo in October or November, make sure you enjoy the wonderful fall colors! Meiji Shrine, Rikugien Garden and Shinjuku Gyoen National Garden are some of the best places to visit in Tokyo in autumn!
Written by MATCHA
Look Forward to the Autumn Leaves in Tokyo! 10 Select Spots
The seasons in Japan are very distinctly marked by different natural and cultural features: snow in winter, cherry blossoms in spring, fireworks in summer, and autumn leaves in fall, all of which can only enjoyed during their season.
In this article, we will take a look at ten of the most beautiful autumn leaves spots in Tokyo. Why not head out and enjoy and momijigari during your fall trip to Japan?
1. Tokyo's Most Famous Spot - Meiji Jingu Gaien
Meiji Jingu Gaien is 300 meter long stretch of road that runs between Aoyama-dori and Jingu Gaien, the area outlying Meiji Jingu Shrine. Along both sides of this road are massive ginkgo trees, which have earned this road fame in numerous Japanese TV drama series and movies over the years.
During the fall, these ginkgo trees turn a brilliant shade of yellow, and are at their peak towards the end of November-early December, creating a tunnel of golden light.
At the annual Jingu Gaien Ginkgo Festival held between the end of November and the first week in December, you can enjoy cuisine from all over Japan, see live street performances, and much more. This year (2017) the festival will take place from November 17th to December 3rd.
These trees are also illuminated by streetlight and by lanterns at night, especially near the Seiki Memorial Art Gallery, which makes this also a romantic spot to see too.
For more information, take a look at Surrounded By Gold! The Fall Ginkgo Leaves Of Meiji Jingu Gaien.
2. See East Meets West Fall Gardens - Shinjuku Gyoen
Shinjuku Gyoen is one of the more popular parks in the Tokyo area, and was originally built as part of the former residence of the Naito family, the daimyo during the Edo period. In 1908 it became an Imperial Garden, and after the Second World War, was opened to the public.
Within its spacious 58.3 acres, visitors can enjoy French, English and Japanese style gardens, as well as mixed Eastern and Western gardens.
From early November to early December, dogwood, sycamore, cherry, maple, and ginkgo trees reveal their fall colors, with the dogwood at their height in mid-October.
Although there aren't any illuminations in this park, the sight of the trees surrounded by natural sunlight is more than enough to thrill visitors. The garden closes at 16:30 (last entry at 16:00), and there is a 200 yen entry fee for adults (50 yen for junior high age children and under).
To learn more about Shinjuku Gyoen, please take a look at Getting The Best Out Of Your Shinjuku Gyoen Visit!.
3. Have a Picnic and Do Momijigari - Yoyogi Park
Originally established for the 1964 Tokyo Olympics, Yoyogi Park was re-purposed and opened to the public as a park in 1967.
In this 54 hectare park, you'll find six different varieties of trees, with 1300 trees in total covering the park. There are about 1000 zelkova, 200 ginkgo, and 100 maple trees to enjoy, as well as fountains, rose gardens and other seasonal blossoms as well. This is an ideal oasis in the city and a popular place to hunt for fall leaves too.
The best time to see foliage here is from the end of November until early December. No matter when you visit, the park is very lively, often full of people having picnics, playing instruments, playing frisbee, or attending any of the numerous weekly events and free markets. Why not spread out a picnic blanket and have afternoon tea as you enjoy the fall leaves here?
Take a look at Yoyogi Park: Harajuku's Secret Sanctuary for more on Yoyogi Park.