Fall is here! It is peak foliage season in Tokyo. It is good to know that even in central Tokyo, there are many places where you can enjoy this beautiful season and the gorgeous autumn foliage. These are 7 places for “autumn leaves viewing” ー from famous spots to hidden gems!
* The photos and video in this article were shot before 2020.
Nezu Museum, which specializes in East Asian art, is a beautiful museum designed by famous Japanese architect Kengo Kuma. The wonderful Japanese garden of this museum is full of trees wearing beautiful autumn colors. Enjoy a walk in the park or glaze at the beautiful nature seen from the large windows of the cafe in the garden. The view is exceptional!
Shiba Park is a big park near Tokyo Tower. In this park, you can take photos of the beautiful autumn landscape together with Tokyo Tower.
3-2 Shibakoen, Minato-ku, Tokyo
Google Maps: https://goo.gl/maps/wHfvaDxPtZ6DzAKS8
Nearest stations: Onarimon Station, Hamamatsucho Station, Daimon Station, Akabanebashi Station, Kamiyacho Station
The alley that crosses Aoyama Cemetery is lined with cherry trees. The reddish and orange leaves of cherry trees in fall look completely different from the bright yellow leaves of ginkgo trees. The best way to enjoy the cherry tree lane is to ride a (rented) bicycle through the tunnel of autumn leaves!
2-32-2 Minami-Aoyama, Minato-ku, Tokyo
Google Maps: https://goo.gl/maps/atbxboWhCMK7jm3P7
Nearest stations: Gaienmae Station, Nogizaka Station, Aoyama-itchome Station
Arisugawa-no-miya Memorial Park
A park with a waterfall and koi pond in the Hiroo area which is known as the embassy area of Tokyo.
5-7-29 Minami-Azabu, Minato-ku, Tokyo
Google Maps: https://goo.gl/maps/9rnvvN7EFoJBRiyf8
Nearest station: Hiroo Station
Meiji Jingu Gaien
The avenue with bright yellow ginkgo trees lined up like candles on a cake is a “fall masterpiece”!
Route 414, Minato-ku, Tokyo
Google Maps: https://goo.gl/maps/LtSaKdhsg7c9xmoC8
Nearest stations: Gaienmae Station, Aoyama-itchome Station, Shinanomachi Station
Shirokanedai Platinum Street
Shirokanedai is an area with fashionable cafes, restaurants and shops lined up along the famous “Platinum Street” – just like the ginkgo trees that line the street.
This area isn’t as crowded as the ginkgo tree avenue at Meiji Jingu Gaien. Therefore, it’s a hidden gem!
Route 418, Minato-ku, Tokyo
Google Maps: https://goo.gl/maps/TNr5437dVyHH3t147
Nearest stations: Shirokanedai Station, Meguro Station
“Sakura-dori Street”, which is lined with a 200 meters long row of cherry blossom trees, is gorgeous in spring, but also beautiful in fall!