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Top 10 Autumn Leaves Spots in Tokyo

Gardens Parks Autumn Colors Tokyo

With the harvest moon setting in on Japan in September each year, many see this as the official start of Autumn and take part in traditional Tsukimi (moon viewing ceremonies). Expect the temperatures to be anywhere between 57 to 64 degrees making it an ideal time to visit Japan.

10. Kuhonbutsu Joshinji Temple

This unique place is home to one of Tokyo’s oldest trees (it is over 700 years old). It is a huge complex just a few minutes’ walk from Kuhonbutsu station in Tokyo. The walkway to the temple is surrounded by maple and gingko trees on either side. It is located in a quiet residential area, and, in comparison to some of our other sites listed is much quieter. Alongside the beautiful color change, you’ll also be able to enjoy the numerous statues of Amida Nyorai at the temple site.

9. Mount Takao

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One of the closest natural recreational areas to Tokyo is Mount Tako. Popular with hikers, thanks to the many trails, many people head to Mount Takao for the autumnal period. If you want to avoid the crowds we’d suggest that you avoid trail one as this is the most popular. The other trails are narrower and perhaps more difficult, but you’ll be awarded to your own personal pathway through the stunning sites of Mount Takao under the colorful foliage. Make it to the summit (there’s a cable car) and on a bright day, you’ll be able to see Mount Fuji.

8. Showa Memorial Park

8. Showa Memorial Park

Also known as Showa Kinen Park this beautiful location is breathtaking throughout the year. In Autumn, take a stroll along the river and you’ll see the golden hues of the trees. This enormous park was created in 1983 and is easily a day worth of exploring. It is an hour west of central Tokyo, so can easily be accessed as a day-out. This is one of the romantic spots on our list, expect it to be busy during peak time and seasons.

7. Otaguro Park

Another off-the-beaten-track listing is Otaguro Park which was once the former residence of Motoo Otaguro. If you’re interested, his house, which is now a museum is open to visitors. Stroll around the gardens at the site and you’ll see a perfect mixture of both ginkgo and maple trees. The ginkgo trees turn a beautiful golden color, while the maple leaves turn a deep red.

6. Todoroki Ravine Park

Next on our list is slightly off the beaten track. You’ll feel like you have the whole place to enjoy to yourself. It’s such a romantic spot and is perfect for you and your loved one. It is a small family-run park, and, for us, the highlights have to be the adorable wooden walkway that leads you to a red bridge. It is twenty minutes away from central Tokyo but believe us when we say that it is totally worth it.

5. Tokyo National Museum

5. Tokyo National Museum

Located on the periphery of Ueno Park this museum has many delights in-store, but also simply standing outside on an autumnal day is breathtaking. The foreboding backdrop of the museum building itself makes a perfect contrast to the vibrant colors of the trees surrounding it. If you are searching for an Insta-worthy shot then look no further than the Tokyo National Museum. In fact, on a bright yet crisp autumn day, you’ll see many fellow revelers in tow.

See the rest of the list from Trip101 via the link below!

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