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Best 10 Momiji Spots in Tokyo 2018 – Enjoy Japanese Fall in the City

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In October, it becomes chilly in Tokyo because the temperature drops and the wind becomes much colder than before. Autumn has just come to Japan, and this season is the best to enjoy seeing graceful autumn leaves. So, people go to famous autumn foliage spots to admire the beauty of nature. Colorful autumn leaves are called Momiji or Koyo (紅葉) in Japanese. Kou (紅) means red, and Yo (葉) means leaves in English. In this article, I am going to introduce you the best 10 Koyo spots in Tokyo and tell you how to enjoy it!

What is Koyo in Japanese Culture?

 

For Japanese people, viewing Koyo is one of the seasonal events, so most travel companies provide tour plans to popular autumn leaves spots. Also, in the fall, the temperature is around 22℃ to 28℃, which is a very comfortable weather for walking or cycling and enjoying beautiful foliageKoyo. During the Koyo season, you might see how families or friends enjoy sharing some food under the colorful trees. However, they do not drink sake like during Hanami in spring. Mostly, people go to Koyo spots to fell the arrival of autumn by viewing graceful red or yellow leaves. Let’s look closer at the great autumn foliage spots in Tokyo!

Contents

1. Mt. Mitake

2. Rikugien Gardens

3. Yoyogi Park

4. Showa Kinen Park

5. Koishikawa Korakuen Garden

6. Jingu Gaien Icho Festival

7. Shiba Park

8. Fuchu Forest Park

9. Aki River Valley

10. Mukojima Hyakkaen

1. Mt. Mitake

Mt. Mitake is one of the popular autumn foliage sites in Tokyo. It is in the Chichibu- Tama- Kai National Park. Mt. Mitake changes its outlook in different seasons and entertains travelers with beautiful nature to enjoy the graceful view. However, in the middle of November, autumn leaves paint the mountain in red and yellow.

How to get to Mt. Mitake

 

From Shinjuku Station

Take the JR Chuo Rapid Line

Take off at Tachikawa Station

Transfer to the Ome Line bound for Ome Station
For more details about this outstanding natural spot please refer to the following article, URL: https://festivalgo.huber-japan.com/events/events/autumn-colors-mount-mitake-western-tokyo-seasonal-event-fall-season

2. Rikugien Gardens

Rikugien Gardens were built in the Edo period. Thus, the gardens are traditional and very symbolic. This place is not so large, but it boasts many kinds of trees such as azaleas, zelkovas, and maples. Thus, in the fall season, you can enjoy viewing different types of leaves of various colors. Rikugien Gardens feature a big lake. The sight of the lake with Koyo is so grateful that you will be fascinated with the stunning view.

How to go to Rikugien Gardens

From JR Yamanote Line “Komagome Station” it will only take you 7 minutes by walk.

Details

Autumn leaves illumination
Dates: Annually at the end of November to the beginning of December
Schedule: the park closes at 5pm, but during the illumination term, closes at 9 pm, and last admittance is at 8:30 pm.
Fees: 300 yen for adults. 150 yen for children under 12-year-old.
Address: Chome 16-3 Honkomagome, Bimkyo, Tokyo
For more information about Momiji season in Rikugien Gardens, please refer to the following article, URL: https://festivalgo.huber-japan.com/events/events/tokyo-fall-foliage-festival-rikugien

3. Yoyogi Park

Yoyogi Park is located in a very convenient place, close to Harajuku station. There are over 1300 trees in the park, and you will definitely enjoy viewing the foliage in the fall. This park is a perfect place to take a rest or read a book on a bench while admiring autumn colors.

Access

Tokyo metro Yoyogi park station.

If you go there by car, it takes about 1 minute from Yoyogi exit of route 4 Shuto expressway. Parking cost is 400 Yen for the first hour, and after every 30 minutes cost 200 Yen.
Find out more information about Momiji in Yoyogi part from the following article, URL: https://festivalgo.huber-japan.com/events/events/tokyo-autumn-leaves-yoyogi-park

4. Showa Kinen Park

Showa Kinen Park is in the central part of Tokyo, so you can go there easily, and enjoy seeing beautiful Koyo. The most attractive feature of the park is the street which is called “Kana-ru ichou namiki”. You will find the street right after you enter the park from the Tachikawa entrance. 106 ginkgo trees of graceful yellow color will impress you! It would be a nice idea to rent a bicycle and have a ride there. Rental service costs 410 Yen for adults, and 260 Yen for children under the age of 13. While your children play at a playground in the park, you can admire colorful leaves comfortably.

Access

JR Tachikawa station by the Chuo Line
Approximately 15 minutes by walk from the station

Details

Opening hours: 9:30- 17:00 (March 1st to October 31st)
9:30- 16:30 (November 1st to the end of February)
9:30- 18:00 (April 1st to September 30th)
Fee: 410 yen for an adult
80 yen for children (under 13 years old)
Best season: from the beginning of November to the beginning of December
For more information about Momiji season in 4. Showa Kinen Park, please refer to the following article, URL: https://festivalgo.huber-japan.com/events/events/autumn-leaves-showa-kinen-park

5. Koishikawa Korakuen Garden

The best spot for Koyo viewing in the garden is from the Tsuten-kyo Bridge, in the northern part of the garden. A graceful contrast of autumn leaves’ red and moss’ green with the reflection in a pond makes you feel as if you are in a temple in Kyoto. The scenery of autumn leaves floating on the surface of the pond is also great!

Access

Korakuen Garden is located close to the Tokyo Dome stadium so you could use various ways to go there because of its convenient location.
① Ishibashi Station is the closest. It takes 5 to 10 minutes by walk to reach the garden.
→if you use Tokyo Metro Yuraku- cho Line (gold)
Marunouchi (red) Line
Tozai (sky) Line
Namboku (emerald) Line
Toei Subway Oedo Line
JR Chuo-Sobu Line

② From JR Suidobashi Station, it takes about 10 minutes by walk

6. Jingu Gaien Icho Festival

Jingu Gaien Icho Festival is also known as Jingu Gaien Gingko Festival. The festival place is just outside of the Jingu stadium, which is one of the popular places in Tokyo. The festival is held annually to celebrate the shift of seasons from autumn to winter. There are about 150 gingko trees lining the avenue. The contrast of yellow leaves and blue sky is breathtaking! You should also try the food from stalls that pop up during this festival! For all who want to enjoy traveling in Japan in autumn, I strongly suggest you drop by this alley during the festival.

Access

It takes about 5 minutes by walk from Gaienmae station via the Ginza Line or Aoyama Itchome station of the Ginza, Hanzomon, and Toei Oedo Lines.

Dates

Held at the end of November till the beginning of December
Find out more information about Jingu Gaien Icho Festival from the following article, URL: https://festivalgo.huber-japan.com/events/events/jingu-gaien-icho-festival-enjoy-beautiful-autumn-foliage-tokyo

7. Shiba Park

Shiba Park is close to the Tokyo Tower. Every year, at the end of the November, autumn leaves color the park in red, yellow, and orange. Ginko, Zelkova, and Nishikigi trees grow in the park fascinate people. The highlight of the park is “Momiji Dani”, which is “Momiji valley” in English. Momiji Dani was created in 1984. Even if you are in central Tokyo, this park allows you to see a beautiful natural view.

Access

Take Toei Oedo Line, and get off the at Akabanebahi Station
*There is no parking close to the park, so I recommend you take the train to get there.

8. Fuchu Forest Park

Fuchu Forest Park is known as a popular Koyo spot in Tokyo. The mix of yellow and red leaves is amazing. The Japanese style garden is especially beautiful in autumn. The reflection of autumn leaves on the pond’s surface is charming. There is a free parking area, restrooms, and a playground, so the park is the best place for families to enjoy beautiful Koyo.

Access

Take the Keio Line, and take off at Higashi Fhuchu Station.
Then walk for about 10 minutes to reach the park.

9. Aki River Valley

The area where from Akiruno city, Ajiro to North Aki River and South Aki River is called Aki River Valley (Aki Gawa Keikoku). The valley is about 20 kilometers long. The contrast of red and yellow leaves is beautiful and magnificent. The perfect viewing point is “Ishi Bune Bridge (石舟橋)”. You can enjoy the arrival of autumn by just walking on the bridge or along the valley.

Access

Take the JR Itsukaichi Line, and take off the train at Musashi Itsukaichi city station

To get to Ishi Bune Bridge,, you should take the bus departing from the No.1 platform from Musashi Itsukaichi city station, and get off the bus at Jyurigi (十里木) station.

10. Mukojima Hyakkaen

Mukojima Hyakkaen was established in the 18th century. People created this place to feel the seasons change by viewing the nature, so this is the perfect place to admire the autumn leaves. The best term for Koyo is from the end of November to the middle of December, and it is a bit earlier than other Koyo spots in Tokyo.

Access

By Tobu Sky Tree Line
→ get off the train at Higashi Mukojima Station, and walk for 8 minutes
By Kyose Dentetsu Oshiage Line
→ get off the train at Kyose Hihune Station

Details

Address: 3-18-3 Higashi Mukojima Sumida Ward, Tokyo, Japan
Fees: 150 Yen for an adult, 70 Yen for a people who are over 65 years old
Free for elementary school students and junior high school students who live
in Tokyo

Closing Remarks

Tokyo is the developing city with many tall buildings, so most people believe that they cannot find the Japanese nature. However, even in Tokyo, you can enjoy seeing beautiful nature at parks or places that preserve the graceful environment. Especially in autumn, when the weather is comfortable, the city and its parks are covered with autumn leaves: red, yellow, and orange. Autumn leaves is a symbol of autumn, and its view is amazing. Also, in some places, you might forget that you are in the biggest city in the world because Koyo scenery in Tokyo reminds you of the Japanese countryside. You can enjoy walking, cycling, or reading a book on a bench! This will bring you an unforgettable experience of Japanese autumn.

Find Out How to Enjoy Autumn in Japan!

Autumn is one of the most beautiful seasons in Japan. This is the season of Koyo or Momijigari. Momijigari is a tradition of admiring autumn landscape, very similar to Hanami – admiring cherry blossoms in spring. If you would like to know more about autumn foliage season around Japan and find out how to adore it in a traditional Japanese way, the following article will be helpful.

URL: https://festivalgo.huber-japan.com/events/5975/

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Check it out! URL: https://festivalgo.huber-japan.com/events/4274/

Discover Tokyo’s Festivals Every Month

If you look at Tokyo from another angle, you will figure out that this is a city of festivals. Each part of the town has a local community with its traditions. And for Japanese people, it is essential to keep the sense of their community. Thus, you can see plenty of festivals almost every week in different parts of Tokyo. The following article will provide you with the best Tokyo festivals each month of the year!

URL: https://festivalgo.huber-japan.com/events/5852/

Hi, my name is Lala. I am proud of Japanese culture, which is so unique and wonderful. I also love writing in English! I’m going to show you how great is Japan!

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