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4 Spots in Tokyo to See the Best Fall Colors

Kamakura and Hakone are famous spots for viewing the fall colors in the Kanto region. And for Kansai, everyone thinks of Kyoto. However, there are many good spots for fall colors in Tokyo, too. This article will be useful for those traveling just around Tokyo for a short time. Enhance your trip to Japan and getting your fill of the traditional Japanese scenery complemented by the fall colors.

 

Best time to see: mid-November to early-December

Meijijingu Gaien

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You definitely don’t want to miss this. It’s right in the middle of Tokyo’s Shinjuku district with a super famous tree-lined path. 146 gingko trees continue for 300m from Aoyama-dori to the outer garden of Meiji Shrine. Visitors are fascinated by the gold tunnel and fallen leaf carpet that gets formed. Many Japanese movies and dramas film here so you may have seen it without knowing it! The Gingko Festival (Icho Matsuri) is also held during this season so be sure to visit!

Access: JR Shinanomachi Station >> 10 minutes walk, Map

 

Best time to see: mid-November to early-December

Rikugien Garden

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This is 1 of the 2 big gardens in Tokyo, representative of the Edo era. It’s a park and the pond and mountain here weren’t there originally but rather took 7 years to be built. The wide space and calm atmosphere is a place where you can really experience Japan. In the fall colors season there’s maple and azalea turning red and a spectacular sight. This is where you can also see the weeping cherry blossoms in spring so it’s a place you’ll want to keep in mind.

Access: JR Komagome Station >> 7 minutes walk, Map

 

Best time to see: early-October to early-November

Lake Okutama

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This man-made lake with a circumference of 45km on the prefectural border between Tokyo and Yamanashi was finished in 1957. It’s used as the source of water to Tokyo. This is a great place because you can walk the circumference of the late while enjoying the fall colors and feeling like you’re on a hike while in Tokyo.

Also of note is the so-called “Drum Bridge.” Now it’s made to look like drums but long ago there were real drums used to keep the bridge afloat. The fall colors you can see while crossing the bridge and feeling the water beneath is putting Lake Okutama on the map.

Access: About 15 minutes by bus from JR Okutama Station to Okutama-ko Bus Stop, Map

 

Best time to see: mid-November

Mt. Takao

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Mt. Takao is 599m above sea-level and a famous tourist spot year-round. Naturally, Mt. Takao has 3 Michelin Stars for highest-ranked tourist attraction. Three stars in Japan puts it on the same level as Mt. Fuji. It’s accessible in 1 hour from Shinjuku and gets crowded. We recommend going early in the morning.

We recommend going by cable car up the mountain side to the summit and hiking. If the weather is good, you can see Mt. Fuji from there.

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On Mt. Takao is a Buddhist temple called Takao-san Yakuo-in. This temple is extremely famous for its long-nosed demons known in Japan as “tengu”. –> Yokai: No Zombies or Jack-o-Lanterns, Unique Supernatural Creatures of Japan

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Takaosan-guchi Station on the Keio Takao Line is the nearest station to Mt. Takao. There you’ll find tengu like this guy. Check them out first to get in the mood and then go to your final destination!
Related: 8 Scenic Routes for Mount Takao to Enjoy the Fall Foliage

Access: About 5 minutes walk from Takaosan-guchi Station, Map

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