Japan’s cherry blossom season is famous all over the world, but actually, the “autumn foliage season” is also a popular season you shouldn’t miss. The best time to catch the gorgeous autumn leaves in Tokyo is from late November to early December. In this article, we will introduce wonderful autumnal spots in the city where you will get “fall feelings” while visiting great tourist attractions and museums!
Shiba Park is a big park near Tokyo Tower. In this park, you can take pictures of the beautiful autumn scenery with Tokyo Tower as the backdrop. When you enter Shiba Park from Onarimon Station, Tokyo Tower rises right in front of you. Try to take a picture with the yellow Ginkgo leaves and the orange Tokyo Tower!
Google Map: https://goo.gl/maps/wHfvaDxPtZ6DzAKS8
Nearest station: Onarimon Station
Nezu Art Museum is a fascinating art museum specializing in East Asian art designed by the famous Japanese architect Kengo Kuma. The wonderful Japanese garden of this museum with tiny teahouses and stone statues has a lot of trees with gorgeous autumn leaves, so you can enjoy them while taking a walk through the garden. Tips: the autumn leaves seen from the large windows of the garden cafe are exceptional!
Jingu Gaien Icho Namiki (Ginkgo Avenue)
Icho Namiki, the Ginkgo Avenue, is a street with bright yellow ginkgo trees lined up like candles on a birthday cake. It’s marvelous. The annual “Ginkgo Festival” (Icho Matsuri) is held from late November to early December. During this time, the whole area tends to get really crowded and unless you don’t get up very early in the morning, you won’t be able to take photos with a lot of people in them. But if you enjoy the buzzing atmosphere of Japanese festivals, this is the place to go!
Google Map: https://goo.gl/maps/LtSaKdhsg7c9xmoC8
Along Route 414, Minato-ku, Tokyo
Icho Matsuri: http://www.jingugaien-ichomatsuri.jp
Nearest station: Gaienmae Station, Aoyama-itchome Station, Shinanomachi Station
More colorful spots to catch wonderful autumn leaves in Tokyo:
Arisugawa Shrine Memorial Park
A huge park with a waterfall and koi fish pond. An urban oasis with a lot of beautiful autumn leaves!
5-7-29 Minamiazabu, Minato-ku, Tokyo
Google Map: https://goo.gl/maps/9rnvvN7EFoJBRiyf8
A traditional Japanese garden with a long history. Located in the Takeshiba area which is undergoing a redevelopment.
1-4 Kaigan, Minato-ku, Tokyo
Google Map: https://goo.gl/maps/cZcykdpKVUjZLekx7
Read more: Have you ever been to a Japanese garden?
Tokyo Metropolitan Teien Art Museum
An Art-deco museum inside a real art-deco building. The huge Western-style garden is perfect for a walk!
5-21-9 Shirokanedai, Minato-ku, Tokyo
Google Map: https://goo.gl/maps/EET8vFD9hUzRNAcV6
Even in the heart of Tokyo, there are many autumnal spots where you can enjoy the Japanese fall season to its fullest. With only a couple of weeks to go, we hope that you will have a wonderful autumn season in Tokyo!