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You can go on a day trip from Tokyo! 10 Recommended Spots for Autumn Foliage

2016.09.30

Writer name : HITODE 3

Japan is known for its autumn foliage. The sight of the colorful leaves in the middle of great nature such as mountains is so beautiful you'll be emotionally moved. Here are 10 recommended spots near Tokyo to see such sights.

1. Rikugien

Rikugien is in the center of the city but it has beautiful, lush greenery, which makes it popular and it's also famous for being one of the city's foremost spots for autumn foliage. When it becomes the season for foliage, the entire garden is lit up. The sight of the leaves reflected in the pond and the trees in fiery colors against the night sky create a magical beauty! This is a great spot for people that want a romantic night.

*At Komagome Station, about 20 minutes from Tokyo Station


1. Rikugien


Tokyo Park Association Official Homepage

2. Nikko

Nikko has many spots to see foliage, and each one has different peak seasons, so you can enjoy foliage for a relatively long time here. Some representative spots are the areas of shrines and temples, especially Nikko Toshogu, as well as Senjogahara and Irohazaka. The colorful foliage against the blue sky is especially beautiful in the early morning when the air is clear. Definitely go check it out in the early morning.

*It's about two hours from Shinjuku Station to Tobu Nikko Station.


2. Nikko


Nikko Toshogu Official Homepage (Japanese only)

3. Tsurugaoka Hachimangu

Tsurugaoka Hachimangu, the symbol of Kamakura, is also famous as a great spot to see beautiful autumn foliage. On the huge grounds there are various types of maples that grow luxuriantly and every year during fall the colors of the trees are so bright they'll make your eyes open wide. The entire area is a must-see, but the most recommended spot is the area around Yanaihara Shinchi. The sight of the colors and the vermilion bridge reflected on the surface of the lake is so gorgeous you'll be speechless.

*Kamakura Station is about an hour from Tokyo Station.


3. Tsurugaoka Hachimangu


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4. Mt. Takao

Mt. Takao, a mountain about an hour away by train from the center of the city, is a popular spot for foliage that's easy to reach. From November 1st to 30th every year they hold the Mt. Takao Momiji Matsuri to celebrate the foliage and it is very popular. During that period on weekends and holidays, they have events like selling sake in a wooden box and craftsmen showing off their techniques making Tokyo kokeshi dolls. Please try to make your way over.

*Takaosanguchi is about 50 minutes from Shinjuku Station.


4. Mt. Takao


Takaotozan Dentetsu Official Homepage

5. Fukuroda Falls

Fukuroda Falls, one of Ibaraki's representative sightseeing areas, are impressive waterfalls that are 120m high, 73m wide, and fall over a huge rock wall in four steps. The falls and the area around it are beautiful all year round, but it's said that it is stunning in the autumn. The splashes of the falling water contrast with the bright, colorful leaves to make a sight so beautiful you'll forget how to speak.

*Fukuroda Station is about 3 hours from Tokyo Station.


5. Fukuroda Falls


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6. Shinjuku Gyoen

Shinjuku Gyoen, a park within Tokyo that nonetheless has a verdant, calm atmosphere, has various types of foliage that you can enjoy including flowering dogwoods, yellow poplars, plane trees, cherry blossom trees, maple trees, ginkgo trees, bald cypress trees, and more. You can spend a relaxing time there, such as walking around the wide grounds or reading a book.

*Shinjuku Gyoen Station is about 15 minutes from Tokyo Station.


6. Shinjuku Gyoen


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7. Showa Kinen Park

The thing you absolutely must see in the fall in Showa Kinen Park is the line of gingko trees. On both sides of the 200m canal stretching from the Deai no Hiroba plaza are rows of ginkgo trees sparkling gold against the blue autumnal sky. Also, the Japanese garden in the park has various types of colorful maple trees that you can enjoy.

*Tachikawa Station to Tokyo Station is around 50 minutes.


7. Showa Kinen Park


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8. Okutama Lake

Okutama Lake is surrounded by mountains and it's popular because you can completely immerse yourself in nature while still being in Tokyo. There are plenty of walking trains around the lake, and in the autumn, the sight of the trees reflecting in the water is gorgeous. If you breathe in the fresh air and look at the colorful leaves, you'll be able to refresh your body and soul.

*Okutama Station is about 2 hours from Tokyo Station.


8. Okutama Lake


Okutama-cho Official Homepage

9. Engakuji

Engakuji is a large area that is one of the representative foliage spots of Kita-Kamakura. On the grounds, you can see colorful autumn leaves, but what you should definitely go to see is the foliage by the main gate. The roof of this precious gate is shrouded by deep scarlet leaves that look like a carpet. It's so beautiful it will take your breath away.

*Kita-Kamakura Station is about an hour from Tokyo Station.


9. Engakuji


Official Homepage (Japanese only)

10. MeijiJingu Gaien

MeijiJingu Gaien, a famous line of ginkgo trees that stretch for about 300m, is one of Tokyo's leading spots for foliage. The wide street is surrounded on both sides by the gorgeous gold color against the blue sky, and it's so beautiful it looks like a painting. It's a great spot for a leisurely walk.

*Sendagaya Station is about 20 minutes away from Tokyo Station.


10. MeijiJingu Gaien


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Depending on the year and area the peak season changes, but you can usually enjoy the autumn foliage in Tokyo from the beginning of November to the beginning of December. Please be completely satisfied by the beauty of autumn.

*Please note that the information in this article is from the time of writing or publication and may differ from the latest information.

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