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Recommended autumn foliage and flora viewing spots

With the advent of autumn, the crisp breeze feels nice and just walking in the streets brings the pleasure of seeing the foliage turn into hues of red and yellow. Tokyo is home to countless traditional gardens, botanical gardens, and well-kept parks as well as smaller parks and plazas for admiring the autumn foliage.

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  • The vast gardens constructed over a period of seven years in the premodern Edo period reflect scenes from ancient Japanese waka poetry, like the Manyoshu and Kokin Wakashu anthologies, and classical Chinese literature. One of the beauties unique to a traditional Japanese garden is the Tsutsuji Tea House surrounded by the vivid autumn colors of maple trees.

    • Access : 7 minutes on foot from JR/subway Komagome Station
    • Events : Fall Evening Illumination at Rikugien Gardens
      November 18 (Sat.)-December 6 (Wed.), 2017
      9:00-21:00 (Admission until 20:30)
      *The garden is illuminated after sunset.
      The Somei-mon Gate (2-min. walk from Komagome Station) is also open during the dates above.
  • The cultural complex has a variety of sports facilities including Jingu Stadium, a golf range, an ice skating rink, and tennis courts. The 300-meter-long avenue leading to the Meiji Memorial Picture Gallery is spectacular—walk under the tunnel of golden yellow foliage created by 146 gingko trees, and you’re guaranteed to feel like the star in a drama.

    • Access : 5-min. walk from JR Shinanomachi Station; 5-min. walk from Tokyo Metro Gaiemmae Station / Aoyama-itchome Station
    • Events : Jingu Gaien Ginkgo Festival
      November 17 (Fri.)-December 3 (Sun.), 2017 10:00-20:00
      Venue: Around the fountain pond and the avenue of gingko trees in Jingu Gaien
    • Access : 15 minutes on foot from JR Tachikawa Station, 2 minutes on foot from JR Nishi-Tachikawa Station
    • Events : Cosmos Festival 2017
      September 16 (Sat.)-October 29 (Sun.), 2017
      Admission free dates: Mon. (holiday), September 18 (ages 65 and older only); Sun., October 22; Sun., October 29
    • Access : 7-min. walk from Toei Oedo Line Tsukijishijo Station / Shiodome Station; 12-min. walk from JR Line / Tokyo Metro Ginza Line / Toei Asakusa Line Shimbashi Station
    • Events : Tokyo Grand Tea Ceremony 2017
      October 21 (Sat.)-22 (Sun.), 2017
    • Access : Keio Takao Line, Takaosanguchi Station (5-min. walk to Takao Tozan Cable Kiyotaki Station)
    • Events : Mt. Takao Autumn Leaves Festival
      (Scheduled) November 11 (Wed.), 2017 – November 30 (Thu.), 2017
    • Access : JR Ome Line Mitake Station > Bus (8 min.) > Cable car (6 min.) to Mitakesan Station
    • Events : Tenku Autumn Leaves Festival
      October 14 (Sat.)-November 23 (Thu.), 2017
    • Access : 3 minutes on foot from subway Kiyosumi-shirakawa Station
  • Autumn sweets