Japan is a country of many amazing spectacles and one of those is the changing of the leaves in autumn and there are many places throughout the country that gloriously feature these beautiful sights. However, when you’re traveling to Tokyo and only have a limited time, you are restricted to places that are easily accessible to you. Here are 5 of the most beautiful and accessible places to view the vibrant colors in autumn.
A minute’s walk from JR Ueno Station, Ueno Park is a popular tourist spot that houses a number of sightseeing attractions. But in Autumn, the whole park itself is an attraction because of the beautiful autumn leaves where the foliage is a stunning combination of green, yellow, and red leaves that really stand out. Entry is free.
Shinjuku Gyoen is a beautiful park that has three gardens and a greenhouse. The most beautiful part of this park is the Momiji Yama where the place is full of vibrant autumn leaves and colors. Shinjuku Gyoen is accessible from three gates, near JR Shinjuku Station, JR Sendagaya Station and Shinjukugyoenmae Station. Entry into the park is 200 yen.
Every year, the Ichou Matsuri takes place in Meiji Jingu Gaien. The trees here are lined up to display a profound stream of yellow colors. The festival here starts from the 18th of November until the 5th of December, 2016, 10:00 – 18:00 on weekdays and 9:30 – 18:00 on weekends and national holidays. On the last day, however, it will be just from 10:00 to 14:00. Meiji Jingu Gaien is just a 5-minute walk from JR Shinanomachi Station or Tokyo Metro Gaienmae Station. Entry is free.
This is one of the two surviving Edo period landscape clan gardens in modern Tokyo. Koishi Korakuen Garden’s vermillion color leaves near the pond area is what truly makes the place beautiful in autumn. The garden is just beside Tokyo Dome so it’s a 2-in-1 visit. Entry is 300 yen.
Rikugien Garden is a depiction of a traditional Japanese garden. If you’re riding from the JR Yamanote Line, stop when it reaches Komagome Station and it’s just a little walking distance from there on. The best time to view the autumn leaves here is from late November to early December when the colors really appear. Not to mention the must-see light-up of leaves after sunset!
The best time to visit these amazing sights are definitely in autumn, so if you’re around you better make sure to drop by these places! It’s a beautiful sight to see in Japan which you definitely won’t regret!