Since the end of November the leaves in Tokyo have finally begun changing color! Be sure to head out and enjoy some of this beautiful autumn foliage around the Tokyo area before it gets too cold and the stunning leaves disappear. Listed below are some of the best spots to check out!
Meiji Jingu Gaien
This is one of the most famous places to see autumn colours in Tokyo. It’s a beautiful street lined with yellow trees at peak season, which is typically the end of November and early December.
HOW TO GET THERE: Head to Aoyama-Itchome Station on the Ginza Subway Line or Hanzomon Subway Line and go out of Aoyama Dori Street Exit.
Shinjuku National Garden (Shinjuku Gyoen)
Shinjuku National Garden is breathtaking all-year around, and fall is no exception! You really must check this place out whether you’re here for the fall colours or not. It’s also really close to Shinjuku, so you can explore loads more of Tokyo afterwards!
HOW TO GET THERE: Head to Shinjuku Gyoenmae Station on the Marunouchi Subway Line and take Exit 2 (5-minute walk from here), or use Shinjuku Station and use the JR South Exit (10-minute walk from here).
This garden is right next to Tokyo Dome and SO CLOSE to Hakusan House! It’s an absolute must for all of our residents. The leaves here turn blissfully red and orange, matching the vermilion wooden bridge and other Japanese teien garden details!
HOW TO GET THERE: Head to JR Iidabashi Station on the JR Chuo-Sobu Line, Tozai Subway Line, Yurakucho Subway Line, Namboku Subway, or Oedo Subway Line (5-10 minute walk from there), or use Korakuen Station on the Marunouchi Subway Line or Namboku Subway Line (10-minute walk from there).
If you’re a Hakusan House resident, it’s just a 20-minute stroll away!
This one is a bit further from the city center, but definitely worth the effort! If you’re looking for a nice heartwarming walk, take a day off and visit Mt. Takao, one of Tokyo’s best-known mountains. They have various trails suited to a range of walkers that are ranked in terms of difficulty – so no worries if you’re not usually the athletic type, you can enjoy it even if you’re not a fan of exercising (like me!)
HOW TO GET THERE: Head to Takaosanguchi Station on the Keio Line from Shinjuku Station and you’ll find it well signposted.
Remember: the fall leaves quickly come and go so make sure you can squeeze some time in your busy schedule to check them out before it’s too late!