Updated: October 10, 2018
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Autumn In Tokyo: 5 Best Spots For Autum Leaves

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Here are some of the best spots in Tokyo to enjoy some stunningly beautiful autumn colours! We've even included some parks with night-time light-ups!

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Meiji Jingu Gaien Ginkgo Festival

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From mid-November and lasting for about two weeks, the Ginkgo trees of Tokyo turn into a beautiful bright yellow. In the capital, these trees are the strongest symbol of fall, even more so than the Japanese maple. Many avenues of Tokyo are lined with Ginkgo trees, but one spot that stands out in the center of the city for having a particularly beautiful line of Gingko trees is in the Meiji Jingu Gaien, near the Aoyama-Harajuku area. The nearest station to get there is the Aoyama-Icthome (Ginza Line and Oedo Line).

The festival is held every year from mid-November to early December (precise dates vary from year to year). Aside from enjoying the autumn colours along the Jingu Gaien Ginkgo Avenue, there are some 40 vendors on the venue serving some very tasty street foods, many of which are fall specialties, from across Japan.

The Ginkgo Festival of Meiji Jingu Gaien is perhaps the most popular fall event in central Tokyo. You should definitely check it out! The area also has a lot to offer, so when you're done with the festival, you'll have plenty to do in the area.

Event Name: Meiji Jingu Gaien Ginkgo Festival 明治神宮外苑いちょう祭り
Place: Meiji Jingu Gaien 明治神宮外苑
Hours: 10:00 - 17:30
Dates: mid-November to early December
Cost: Free
Nearest Stations: Aoyama-Itchome, Gaien-mae, Kokuritsu Kyogijo, Shinanocho

Hibiya Park

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Hibiya Park is located in a business district of Tokyo so the access is easy. You can walk to it from Tokyo station, Yurakucho station, and Hibiya station (nearest one).

The park's autumn beauty comes from its variety of colours and its ponds that it contains. The reflection of the autumn colours in the water with the Tokyo skyscrapers in the background makes it one of the most photogenic areas in the city at fall.

Place: Hibiya Park 日比谷公園
Hours: 24h
Cost: Free

Shinjuku Gyoen

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Shinjuku Gyoen is one of the largest parks in central Tokyo, conveniently located near the Shinjuku station. The park is really nice to visit all year-round and it offers a good show during the fall as well.

The park is separated into three sections with strikingly different landscaping: the traditional Japanese garden to the south and the French and English gardens to the north.

For more information about Shinjuku Gyoen, see the link below.
An Important thing to note is that the park closes at 16:30 and that there is a small admission fee of ¥200 to go in.

Place: Shinjuku Gyoen 新宿御苑
Hours: 9:00 - 16:30
Cost: ¥200
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A nice spot to stop on your walk through the park is at the Rakuu Tei Japanese traditional tea house. There, you can enjoy delicious matcha green tea with a seasonal confectionary in the peaceful setting of a traditional teahouse for less than 1,000 yen. Well worth the experience!

Otakuro Park's Light Up

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It is quite common in Japan for parks of exceptional beauty to be lit up during the fall season to enhance, even more, the fall colour spectacle. With its many centenarian trees and its overall beautiful aesthetic, Otakuro is one of the best known in Tokyo for this kind of light up.

The event only lasts about 10 days from late November to early December. the hours of the light up are from dusk until 8 PM on weekdays and 9 PM on weekends.

There is an admission fee of ¥500.

Event Name: Otakuro Park Autumn Colours Light Up 大田黒公園 紅葉ライトアップ
Place: Otakuro Park 大田黒公園
Time: dusk - 8 PM (9 PM on weekends)
Date: from late November to early December
Cost: ¥500
Nearest Station: JR Okubo

Rikugien Light Up

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Another autumn leaves light-up worth mentioning is the one in Rikugien. It is a particularly impressive Japanese garden adorned with large trees and a vast pond with two islands in it that are connected with several bridges. There are some tea houses in the park so you can stop by while you stroll through it. The light up is from dusk until 9 PM but the park is open from 9 AM.

Admission is ¥300. It is located in the old part of Tokyo (Bunkyo-ku), near the Komagome station.

Event Name: Rikugien Light Up 六義園ライトアップ
Place: Rikugien 六義園
Hours: 9 AM - 9 PM (light up from dusk)
Dates: mid to late November
Cost: ¥300
Nearest Station: Komagome
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