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【2018 Edition】10 Amazing Spots to See Fall Foliage in Tokyo

People imagine a huge metropolis full of skyscrapers when they think of Tokyo, but it actually has many places for enjoying beautiful fall foliage. This article introduces ten of these spots that were highly recommended by many!

2018.09.13
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1. Hibiya Park (Chiyoda Ward)

As of 2018, this historic park has been open for 115 years! It is an oasis for people working in nearby business districts, with numerous cultural facilities - including an open-air music hall - and a variety of beautiful plants. In the fall, you can enjoy the magnificent yellow from gingko trees lining the park’s paths, as well as beautifully colored foliage from Japanese maple and zelkova trees.

Best time to see the foliage: Usually between late November and early December


2. Otaguro Park (Suginami Ward)

Otaguro Park is situated on a plot of land that once housed the residence of Moto Otaguro, a famous music critic that introduced Debussy to Japan. A Western-style building that used to be Otaguro's office has been made into a museum containing a variety of exhibits, as well as an elegant tearoom. The park is also known for its beautiful Japanese garden, which has more than 60 Japanese maple trees, as well as a path lined with over-100-year-old gingko trees that delight visitors with their gorgeous fall colors. During the height of the season, the foliage is normally lit up in the evening.

Best time to see the foliage: Usually between late November and early December



2. Otaguro Park (Suginami Ward)

3. Toshima Municipal Mejiro Garden (Toshima Ward)

Despite being in a modern metropolis, this garden exudes a sense of old and traditional Japan. It is designed so that one can enjoy a seasonal view of the trees and plants while strolling around a pond. The park is lit up in the evening during the fall, creating a magical scene of scarlet and golden leaves reflecting off a pond. In Sekicho-an, a building right beside the garden’s pond, you can enjoy weekend events like concerts.

Best time to see the foliage: Usually between late November and early December


3. Toshima Municipal Mejiro Garden (Toshima Ward)

4. Meijijingu Gaien (Shinjuku Ward)

Meijijingu Gaien is a park attached to Meiji Jingu, which is a famous shrine that’s surrounded by greenery despite being in the center of a metropolis. Its symbol is a 300m long gingko tree-lined path, which is one of the most famous fall foliage spots in Tokyo. Made up of a variety of events and about 40 food stalls, the Jingu Gaien Gingko Fesitval is held for 17 days at the height of fall. In recent years, approximately 1.8 million people were seen visiting this area during the festival period!

Best time to see the foliage: Usually between mid-November and early December
2018 Jingu Gaien Gingko Festival dates: November 16 (Fri) - December 2 (Sun)


4. Meijijingu Gaien (Shinjuku Ward)

5. Hama Rikyu Gardens (Chuo Ward)

This garden has a close connection with the Tokugawa clan, who ruled Japan during the Edo period (1603 - 1867). It is designated as a special place of scenic beauty by the national government, as well as a special historic site. The leaves of the various types of maple trees in this garden turn a beautiful color in the fall, contrasting wonderfully with the modern buildings of Tokyo.

Best time to see the foliage: Usually between mid-November and early December
Entrance fee: 300 JPY/general, 150 JPY/age 65 and older, Free/children who are elementary school age and younger, along with junior high school aged students who are living or who attend school in Tokyo


6. Rikugien (Bunkyo Ward)

This garden has been designated as a special place of scenic beauty by the national government. It is designed in an Edo (former name for Tokyo) style, containing ponds, hills, and beautiful greenery that you can observe throughout the seasons. In the fall, the approximately 560 trees in the garden, including gingko and Japanese maple trees, color beautifully. They are wonderfully lit up in the evening.

Best time to see the foliage: Usually between late November and early December
Entrance fee: 300 JPY/general, 150 JPY/age 65 and older, Free/children who are of elementary school age or younger, as well as junior high school students who are living or have attend school in Tokyo


7. Yoyogi Park (Shibuya Ward)

This is a large park in central Tokyo that consists of Area A - a forest park - and Area B, which is home to several facilities, such as a track and field stadium and open-air concert hall. Scattered around the park are roughly six types of broadleaf trees, including 1,000 Japanese zelkova, 200 gingko, and 100 Japanese maple trees. All of them change colors during the fall. You’ll also find fixtures like fountains that contrast beautifully with the golden and scarlet foliage.

Best time to see the foliage: Usually between late November and early December


8. Tokyo Metropolitan Teien Art Museum (Minato Ward)

Built in 1933, this art museum is housed in an art deco-style mansion that’s designated as an Important Cultural Property of Japan.At the museum, you can enjoy a variety of artworks, together with the splendid interior decor. It is also known for its garden, which is filled with so much greenery that you won’t believe you’re in the middle of a city! In the fall, this garden is colored beautifully by fall foliage from trees like Japanese maples.

Best time to see the foliage: Usually between late November and early December
Museum entrance fee: Depends on the exhibit
Garden entrance fee: 200 JPY/general, 160 JPY/university and college students, 100 JPY/junior high and high school students, as well as people aged 65 and over, Free/children who are elementary school age or younger, as well as junior high school students who are living or have attend school in Tokyo


8. Tokyo Metropolitan Teien Art Museum (Minato Ward)

9. Shiba Park (Minato Ward)

This is known as one of Japan’s oldest parks. When fall arrives, the leaves of its trees - such as gingko - turn stunning colors, creating fantastic scenery with the nearby Tokyo Tower. The park grounds are approximately 13,500 sq.m., which is enough space to enjoy a relaxing stroll in nature whilst still being in the middle of a metropolis.

Best time to see the foliage: Usually between late November and early December



10. Koishikawa Korakuen (Bunkyo Ward)

This garden has been designated as both a special place of scenic beauty and a special historic site by the national government. There is much to see here, including a variety of structures that were built to resemble scenic spots in Japan and China. In the fall, the leaves of the trees in the garden, such as Japanese maple and gingko, color beautifully. You can enjoy this view from several spots, such as by the rest stop, Maruya, which looks like an old Japanese tea house.

Best time to see the foliage: Usually between late November and early December
Entrance fee: 300 JPY/general, 150 JPY/age 65 and older, Free/children who are of elementary school age or younger, as well as junior high school students who are living or have attend school in Tokyo


If you are coming to Tokyo in the fall, check out the beautiful fall foliage!

*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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