One thing that you can look forward to every autumn in Japan, is the beautiful autumn leaves. There are many famous spots for autumn leaves in Tokyo, which come into full bloom from around November every year.
Today, we are going to introduce you to some nearby spots for autumn leaves in Tokyo that you can visit on your way home from work that are also suitable for the younger ones!

The Ginkgo tree-lined road dyed in a dazzling golden colour so bright it’ll hurt your eyes! [Meiji Jingu Gaien]

The row of Ginkgo trees stretch for about 300 metres from Aoyama-dori to Meiji Jingu Gaien and is a representative spot for autumn leaves in Tokyo. It is made up of a total of 146 Ginkgo trees, lined up with regular intervals, turning golden at their peak and becoming like a shining tunnel when illuminated by the sunlight.
We recommend enjoying the view from the top of the front stairs of the Meiji Memorial Picture Gallery. Looking from here really highlights the size and scale of the area!
※The best time to go is from mid November to early December


A beautiful, vivid contrast of colours [Yoyogi Park]

The fifth largest park among the metropolitan parks in the 23 wards, overflowing with a sense of freedom.
In autumn the yellow ginkgo trees and the bright red maple trees, including about 1000 Zelkova trees, creates a beautiful contrast of colour from the autumn leaves. There is also a rent-a-bicycle facility in the park which we strongly recommend you use to enjoy a cycling trip around the park as you gaze upon the autumn leaves.
※The best time to go is from late November to mid December

This is the place to go for Massive Ginkgo spots. [Hibiya Park]

Hibiya park is Japan’s first ‘Western-style modern park’ and has a large and small outdoor concert hall along with public halls in the park. Even though it is in central Tokyo, the flowerbeds are filled to the brim with nature, with bright and colourful seasonal flowers blooming all year round.
You can see the beautiful yellow leaves of the ‘Risky Ginkgo’, which is said to be over 400 years old and earned its name from when architect Honda Seiroku claimed he would risk his life in order to re-plant the tree from the streets to the park. You can also see the maple leaves that surround ‘Kumogata Pond’, which includes a spectacular view of the crane fountain, said to be the third oldest in all of Japan.
※The best time to go is from late November to early December

The famous place for cherry blossom viewing, but is also beautiful during the autumn. [Ueno Onshi Park]

There is a museum and a zoo in the vicinity, and is a famous spot for cherry blossom viewing in spring and autumn leaves alike. It is crowded with many people from across the globe to get a glance of the beauty with their own eyes.
With 1200 cherry blossom trees, the main gate of the Tokyo National Museum is lined with beautiful Zelkova and ginkgo trees. You can also enjoy the maple leaves around Kiyomizu Kannon-do and the yellow leaves of various trees near the statue of Takamori Saigo.
※The best time to go is from late November to early December

Enjoy the autumn leaves in three different gardens [Shinjuku Gyoen]

Shinjuku Gyoen is a combination of three different gardens, representative of the modern western gardens of the Meiji era.
You can enjoy different autumn colours such as the bright red maple leaves in the ‘Japanese garden’, yellow ginkgo leaves in the ‘English landscape garden’, and golden Platanas trees in the ‘French orthopaedic garden’.
There is a maple tree under the big ginkgo tree at the entrance of the Shinjuku Gate, you can enjoy a combination of red and yellow, and the carpet of fallen leaves is a sight to behold, so we recommend giving that a visit.
※The best time to go is from mid October to mid December

Japan changes quite drastically according to the four seasons, so you can enjoy a different type of scenery that can only be seen in its relative season, such as snow in winter, cherry blossoms in spring, fireworks in summer, and autumn leaves in autumn.
It’s already mid November. The autumn leaves are reaching full bloom and the parks are gradually becoming dyed in red and gold.
Will you go to gaze upon the autumn leaves this year? Where are you going to?