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Top 7 Autumn Foliage Spots in Tokyo

Every year, we all want to look at momiji (autumn foliage) up close. But for those who are busy every day, even viewing these leaves from afar is a dream within a dream. For those people, here are 7 famous momiji spots in Tokyo that are easily accessible. If you have a little free time during the day, or you have a precious day off, try to visit these places and bask in the feel of autumn to your heart’s content!

Kyu-Furukawa Teien: See the Western-style House, Garden, and Momiji (Kami-Nakazato, Kita-ku)

Kyu-Furukawa Teien (Kyu-Furukawa Gardens) is filled with around 220 maple trees. The Western-style house is set on a small hill, while the Western-style garden is on the slope. You can find the Japanese-style garden on the lowlands. The autumn foliage created by the leaves of haze (wax tree), kaede (maple), and momiji trees around the pond in the Japanese-style garden is truly spectacular! The best time to view the autumn foliage here is between late November and early December, with biwa (Japanese lute) concerts and other shows held during the event season.

Hours: 9:00 AM – 5:00 PM
(Entry into the park is until 4:30 PM)
Park holiday: Beginning and end of the year (December 29th – January 1st of the following year)
※Depending on the maintenance schedule, the park is usually closed for three days between December and February, sometimes only during the afternoon
※There are times when the closed park may be opened and its operation period may be extended during the event season, Golden Week (GW), and other occasions
Admission fee:
General: 150 JPY
65 years old and older: 70 JPY

Kyu-Furukawa Teien

1-27-39 Nishigahara, Kita-ku, Tokyo

Keio Mogusaen: For a Calming Momiji Stroll Inside the Vast Garden (Mogusaen, Hino-shi)

Inside the approximately 2.6ha grounds of this park that is still reminiscent of Musashino, guests are greeted by the changing leaves of momiji, Dodantsutsuji (Japanese enkianthus), ginkgo, and other trees. The best time to view the autumn leaves here is between mid-November and late November. The annual Momiji Matsuri (Momiji Festival) is also scheduled for this year.

Park holiday: Wednesdays (the following day if Wednesday is a public holiday) and on December 20 – January 3 of the next year
※Park will not be closed during the event period.
Operating hours: 9:00 AM – 5:00 PM
(Up to 4:30 PM in November and December)
Admission fee:
Adult: 300 JPY
Children: 100 JPY

Keio Mogusaen

560 Mogusa, Hino-shi, Tokyo

Koishikawa Korakuen: A Place For Luxurious Momiji (Iidabashi, Bunkyo-ku)

This is a garden that takes pride in its lush nature despite its location at the center of the city. In autumn, the leaves of 480 Japanese maple trees are painted red, creating a gorgeous autumn backdrop that makes the entire garden look like something straight out of a painting. The best time to view momiji is late November to early December. During the Fukayama Momiji wo Tanoshimu (Enjoy the Fukayama Autumn Foliage) event that takes place from November 18 (Sat) to December 3 (Sun), there are various shows in store that are mostly held on Saturdays and Sundays.

Hours: 9:00 AM – 5:00 PM
(Entry into the park is until 4:30 PM)
Park holiday: Beginning and end of the year (December 29th – January 1st of the following year)
※There are times when the closed park may be opened and its operation period may be extended during the event season, Golden Week (GW), and other occasions
Admission fee:
General: 300 JPY
65 years old and older: 150 JPY

Koishikawa Korakuen

1-6-6 Koraku, Bunkyo-ku, Tokyo

Mt. Takao: Be Impressed by the Birds & Around 1,200 Kinds of Plants (Takaosanguchi, Hachioji-shi)

From inside the cable car that goes from Kiyotaki Station at the foot of Takaosan (Mt. Takao) up to Takaosan Station with an elevation of 472m, you will be able to see momiji. The momiji trees – such as Omomiji and Japanese maple – make the landscape gorgeous, which is a sight to behold. The best time to view the momiji is between mid-November and late November.

Takaotozan Railway (Kiyotaki Station)

Takaomachi, Hachioji-shi, Tokyo

Mizumoto Park: Momiji Created by Around 20m metasequoias (Kanamachi, Katsushika-ku)

The perfect time to view the changing colors of the leaves of metasequoia (dawn redwood), sweetgum and wax trees is from early November, with the autumn foliage lasting until mid-December. Do not miss the view of the approximately 1,800 metasequoia trees inside the park. The trees are about 20m tall, giving this park the unique vista of stunning momiji.

Hours: Always open
※The Service Center and facilities are closed at the end of the year and start of the following year
Admission fee: Free (some establishments charge a fee)

Mizumoto Park

5 and 8-chome Higashi Kanamachi, Mizumoto Sarumachi, Mizumoto Park, Katsushika-ku, Tokyo / 3-chome Takasu, Misato-shi, Saitama

Meijijingu Gaien: Be Enraptured by the Approx. 300m Ginkgo Trees (Gaienmae in Minato-ku and Shinjuku-ku)

The 146 ginkgo trees at Icho-Namiki-dori (Ginkgo-lined street) begin to turn gold in color in mid-November, and the perfect time for viewing the autumn foliage is from late November until early December. If you want to take a photo, go to the tunnel of ginkgo trees with the Meiji Memorial Picture Gallery at the back.

Meijijingu Gaien

1-1 Kasumigaoka-machi, Shinjuku-ku, Tokyo

Rikugien: Bright Autumn Leaves Are Reflected On Water (Komagome, Bunkyo-ku)

Rikugien is said to be one of the two largest parks in Edo, together with Koishikawa Korakuen. The nearly 560 momiji, wax, and ginkgo trees with leaves that change into autumn colors are definitely worth seeing, especially in Nakanoshima and near Tsutsuji Chaya! The best time for viewing is from mid-November up to early December.

Hours: 9:00 AM – 5:00 PM
(Entry into the park is until 4:30 PM)
Park holiday: Beginning and end of the year (December 29th – January 1st of the following year)
※There are times when the closed park may be opened and its operation period may be extended during the event season, Golden Week (GW), and other occasions
Admission fee:
General: 300 JPY
65 years old and older: 150 JPY

Rikugien

6 Honkomagome, Bunkyo-ku, Tokyo

[This article was originally published in Walkerplus on 10.02.2017]

*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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