Top Ten Autumn Color Spots in Tokyo

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It's the time of the year for viewing colorful autumn foliage in Tokyo, Japan. During the peak of autumn season,  the leaves of the maple trees and ginkgo trees turn red and yellow in concert presenting you with beautiful scenery at every corner. Of course, Tokyo have lot of spots to enjoy Koyo (Japanese term for autumn leaves).

Here is the list of Top Ten Autumn Color Spots with the approximate period of the best viewing every year.

Mount Mitake

Early to late November

Mount Mitake is located upstream along the Tama-gawa River that flows through western Tokyo, and is a part of Chichibu Tama National Park.

Kyu Yasuda Garden

Mid November to mid December
It was used to be a house and garden of Honjo Munesuke, the feudal lord of Hitachi-Kasama in 1701. The garden was unique because the water of the pond was connected to Tokyo bay. Therefore, the level moved for each tides.

Showa Kinen Koen
Showa Kinen Koen
Credit: hamapenguin

Mid November to mid DecemberThe ginkgo and maple leaves turn beautifully yellow and red at Showa Kinen Park, with the 300-metre stretch of ginkgo trees lining the street toward Tachikawa going first (usually from the end of October). The momiji and kaede maple trees in the Japanese garden take on a fiery appearance from around the middle of November, so head on down to the park for a relaxing walk under the colourful autumn leaves before winter takes over.

Yoyogi Park
Yoyogi Park Autumn Season
Nazcar Pine

Late November to early December

Yoyogi Park (Yoyogi Koen) is one of the largest parks in Tokyo, Japan, located adjacent to Harajuku Station and Meiji Shrine in Shibuya. Go to the southern side of Yoyogi Park where there are beautiful stands of red maples and brilliant yellow ginkgo trees.

Mount Takao
Nazcar Pine

Mid to late November

Mount Takao in the mountains west of central Tokyo is a busy hiking destination and one of Tokyo's most popular autumn color spots.

Shinjuku Gyoen
Shinjuku Gyoen
Flickr: Antonio Tajuelo

Shinjuku Gyoen is a large park with an eminent garden in Shinjuku and Shibuya, Tokyo, Japan. Shinjuku Gyoen is an attractive place to escape the city and see autumn colors. Some of the best areas in the park to see the changing leaves are the Japanese garden and the Momijiyama

Icho Namiki
 Fall Foliage at Icho Namiki Dori
Fall Foliage at Icho Namiki Dori

The ginkgo tree, ("icho" in Japanese) is a prominent tree for autumn colors when its leaves turn into bright yellow color. It can usually be found in temples, urban parks, and along the city streets. Among the many ginkgo lined streets in Tokyo, the Icho Namiki (銀杏並木, Ginkgo Avenue) located in Meiji-jingu Gaien Park is the most popular during the autumn season – when its 300 meters long ginkgo tree-lined boulevard turns to radiant yellow creating a brilliant landscape.

Koishikawa Korakuen
 Koishikawa Korakuen Garden
Flickr: Guilhem Vellut

Koishikawa Kōrakuen Garden (小石川後楽園?) is in Koishikawa, Bunkyō, Tokyo, adjacent to Tokyo Dome City. It is one of two surviving Edo period clan gardens in modern Tokyo

Chinzan-so Garden
 Chinzan-so Garden Autumn
Flickr: xperiane

The Hotel Chinzanso in Mejiro opens up its beautiful garden during the autumn leaves season, lighting up the lush grounds at night to produce one of the city's most beautiful foliage shows, the garden stays open until 11.30pm.

Rikugien Garden
Rikugien Garden
Flickr: Malcom Browne

Late November to early December 

Rikugien Garden is a Tokyo metropolitan park in Bunkyō-ku. The name Rikugi-en means Garden of the Six Principles of Poetry which comes from the idea of the six elements in waka poetry while en means garden or park. It is always a popular spot for enjoying the autumn foliage, Rikugien garden looks even better after the sun goes down, and the trees are lit with special nighttime illuminations. The garden will be opened until 9pm between November 18 and December 4.

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