10 Spots for Viewing Autumn Leaves in The Tokyo Area
In Japan there are four seasons; Spring, Summer, Autumn and Winter and during each season the landscape changes quite dramatically. Among these, autumn is an extremely beautiful season that’s easy to tide over. Before winter comes, many trees show their autumn leaves and turns the everyday scenery into something wonderful. This time we’re introducing autumn leaf viewing spots in Japan where “just walking around is enjoyable”. We will introduce spots where you can enjoy the autumn leaves both inside and on the outskirts of Tokyo.
Nov 13 2015
1. Gotokuji [Setagaya-ku]
The first place where you can see the autumn leaves is on the grounds of this historical temple. In the photo those are the autumn leaves in Setagaya-ku’s “Gotokuji”. On the grounds of this greatly historical temple established in 1480, there are many Japanese maple trees planted and during the autumn season it’s incredibly vivid and pretty. Since it’s assumed to be the origin place of the Maneki Neko, it is quite a famous temple so be sure to take yourself there.
HP: www.tokyuensen.com/spot/detail/23/ (Japanese)
Address: 2 Chome-24-7 Gotokuji, Setagaya-ku, Tokyo 154-0021 (Google Map)
2. Yoyogi Park [Shibuya-ku]
Now we’ll introduce the autumn scenery found in “Yoyogi Park” in the urban area of Shibuya. Yoyogi Park has 1300 “Gingko” trees planted and during the autumn season, when the “Icho” leaves fall to the ground, it creates a yellow carpet like the one in the photo. In addition to the Gingko trees, there are also Japanese maple trees and the contrast of the red and yellow is very beautiful. Also, about the Gingko, please be careful not to step on them.
HP: www.tokyo-park.or.jp/park/format/index039.html (Japanese)
Address: 2 Chome Jinnan, Shibuya-ku, Tokyo 150-0041 (Google Map)
3. Rikugien Garden [Bunkyo-ku]
Introduced here is a place where the autumn leaves lit up is very lovely. In the photo is “Rikugien Garden” in Bunkyo-ku, a historical Japanese-style garden established in 1695. In this garden, at night there is an illumination held and during the autumn season you can see the magical scenery like the one in the photo. The autumn leaves look very pretty in photos so be sure to go have a look.
Address: 6 Chome Honkomagome, Bunkyo-ku, Tokyo 113-0021 (Google Map)
4. Jingu Gaien Icho Namiki [Minato-ku]
This is the most famous row of Gingko trees in the Tokyo metropolitan area. The road in the photo is an avenue of Gingko trees in “Jingu Gaien” where more that 140 Gingko trees are planted. When the autumn season comes around, the entirety of the roadway is dyed a vivid yellow color and it’s an incredibly beautiful spot. From mid-November to early December, the “Icho Festival” is held and the area is bustling. With festival food in one hand, sitting on a bench and gazing at the scenery sounds pretty good.
HP: sk-imedia.com/jingugaienkoyo-3316.html (Japanese)
Address: 1-1 Kasumigaokamachi, Shinjuku, Tokyo 160-0013 (Google Map)
5. Showa Memorial Park [Tachikawa City]
Here is a place on the outskirts of Tokyo where you can enjoy the autumn leaves. The place in the photo is “Showa Memorial Park” in Tachikawa City. Inside the park, there is a traditional Japanese-style gardens, bonsai gardens etc. and you can fully enjoy Japan’s nature. To get to Tachikawa it takes about 30 minutes by train from Shinjuku station. From November 7th to 23rd, there will be an autumn leaf festival as well as concerts and guided tours of the Japanese-style gardens so how about going to have a look?
HP: www.showakinen-koen.jp/ (Japanese)
Address: 3173 Midoricho, Tachikawa-shi, Tokyo 190-0014 (Google Map)
6. Akigawa Valley [Akiruno City]
Now for the autumn leaves in “Akiruno City” which is located a 60 minute train ride from the heart of Tokyo. In this area, the region called “Akigawa Valley” contains the precious remainder of Mother Nature. The valley spans 20 km and you can see the clear river along with the fall leaves of many different kinds of trees and the kind of beautiful scenery that wouldn’t seem likely in Tokyo. There are many walking courses so how about definitely trying some hiking?
■ Walking course map: www.akirunokanko.com/?cat=41
HP: www.akirunokanko.com (Japanese)
Address: Akiruno City, Tokyo (Google Map)
7. Yoro Keikoku [Ichihara City, Chiba]
Located 120 minutes by train from the heart of Tokyo are the autumn leaves in “Yoro Keikoku, Chiba Prefecture”. On Chiba’s Boso peninsula is a well-known valley where the autumn leaves are famous for being extremely beautiful. The clean river and the contrast of the autumn leaves spread over the area is as beautiful as a work of art and you can relish in the magical atmosphere. The best time to see the fall leaves are from late November to early December. Because of its late time, it’s recommended for the people who missed the chance earlier on.
■Hiking map: www.yorokeikoku.com/hiking.html
HP: www.youroukeikoku.com (Japanese)
Address: Asoubara, Ichihara, Chiba 290-0535 (Google Map)
8. Nagatoro [Chichibu, Saitama]
This place is Chichibu, located 100 minutes from the heart of Tokyo. The “Arakawa” flows through the heart of Chichibu town and the autumn leaves along the riverside are famous. The number one recommendation in Chichibu is “going downstream”. Going downstream in a boat, you can see all the autumn leaves at a close proximity. The red and yellow reflected on the water’s surface like a watercolour painting is sure to satisfy you so how about visiting and having a look?
HP: www.chichibu-railway.co.jp/nagatoro/ (Japanese)
Address: Nagatoro, Chichibu District, Saitama 369-1305 (Google Map)
9. Mount Takao [Hachiouji City, Tokyo]
You can go to this autumn leaf spot in under and hour from the heart of Tokyo. Mount Takao is the most popular hiking spot in the metropolitan area and is even popular with tourists from overseas. During the autumn season, it’s recommended to climb the mountain via the “cable car”. Like the photo, passing through the tunnel of fall leaves as you ascend is the best part. Since Mount Takao is 600m above sea level and close-by, you can go there as a countermeasure against the cold.
■Mountain climbing course map: www.takaotozan.co.jp/cource/momiji.php
HP: www.takaotozan.co.jp/index.htm (Japanese)
Address: Takaomachi, Hachioji, Tokyo 193-0844 (Google Map)
10. Hakone [Hakone town, Kanagawa]
The most famous hot spring spot in the outskirts of Tokyo “Hakone”. Hakone not only has hot springs, it’s also a famous place for autumn leaves. The number one recommendation is the “Hakone Mountain Railway” which departs from Hakone Yumoto station and like the picture, you can see the beautiful autumn leaves from the inside of the train. Also every hot spring inn has their own autumn leaf viewing spot recommendations. It would be nice to see the autumn leaves while submerged in a hot spring wouldn’t it?
■Autumn leaf map: www.hakonenavi.jp/season_special_contents/index/5
HP: www.hakonenavi.jp/chinese/ (中文)
HP: www.hakonenavi.jp/index.html (Japanese)
Address: Hakone town, Ashigarashimo District, Kanagawa (Google Map)
The information in this article is accurate at the time of publication.