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Autumn Color Report 2012
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2012/12/01 - Tokyo Report
by schauwecker

Imperial East Gardens

The first autumn color report of December comes from Tokyo, one of the last places in Japan to see its trees change colors. The seasonal spectacle had already advanced nicely earlier this week in many of Tokyo's best koyo spots and has further intensified in the meantime.

Colorful trees made up only a small minority in Kiyosumi Garden, a Japanese landscape garden east of central Tokyo. But the clusters of colorful cherry, ginkgo and other trees made for a very pleasant walk around the garden's pond.

Kiyosumi Garden
Father, son and heron at Kiyosumi Garden
Benches under cherry tree
Stone Lantern

The Imperial East Gardens provided an extremely pleasant, autumnal backdrop for a walk in the very center of Tokyo. Overall, colors were still improving, especially those of the ginkgo and maple trees, and I think that quite a few colors here will survive into mid December.

Skyscrapers of the Otemachi district behind autumn colors
The Imperial East Gardens occupy the former site of the Edo Castle
Autumn colors in the Ninomaru Garden
Advanced maple tree at the Ninomaru Garden
Walls of the former Edo Castle

The Ginkgo Avenue (Icho Namiki) was at the peak of its seasonal beauty and attracted large numbers of koyo viewers on this Saturday. The trees were still at a relatively early stage of their peak with the easternmost of the four rows still somewhat greenish. The entire upcoming week should be great for viewing the trees and the carpet of leaves beneath.

Ginkgo Avenue
Walking along the Ginkgo Avenue
Many people enjoyed the sight of the ginkgo trees this Saturday

With its wide range of tree varieties, Shinjuku Gyoen had been a worthwhile autumn color destination for a couple of weeks already. In the meantime, the relatively late coloring maple trees have started to reach their peak, and I estimate that the park will continue to offer attractive colors for at least another week.

Middle Pond at Shinjuku Gyoen
Colorful maple tree attracts photographers
Flowers and colorful trees around the Lower Pond
Taiwan Pavilion
Japanese Garden

I concluded the day at Rikugien where the seasonal colors have considerably improved since my last visit ten days ago and looked spectacular. Nevertheless, I expect the colors to further intensify over the coming few days. Illuminations in the evenings continue through December 9 (daily until 21:00), but I expect that quite a few colors will last beyond that.

Rikugien viewed from the man made hill
Togetsukyo Bridge
Trees turn colors in the canal area
Trees turn colors in the canal area

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List of Posts:
2012/12/11 - Tokyo Report
2012/12/07 - Tokyo Report
2012/12/05 - Kamakura Report
2012/12/02 - Kyoto Report
2012/12/01 - Tokyo Report

2012/11/29 - Kyoto Report
2012/11/29 - Himeji Report
2012/11/27 - Tokyo Report
2012/11/26 - Kyoto Report
2012/11/25 - Kyoto Report
2012/11/23 - Miyajima Report
2012/11/22 - Kyoto Report
2012/11/21 - Tokyo Report
2012/11/21 - Kyoto Report
2012/11/19 - Takaosan Report
2012/11/16 - Kyoto Report
2012/11/15 - Mount Fuji Report
2012/11/15 - Shosenkyo Report
2012/11/14 - Hakone Report
2012/11/13 - Tokyo Report
2012/11/09 - Sakurayama Report
2012/11/08 - Koyasan Report
2012/11/07 - Kyoto Report
2012/11/07 - Nikko Report
2012/11/07 - Yamadera Report
2012/11/06 - Naruko Report
2012/11/05 - Hiraizumi Report
2012/11/05 - Mount Fuji Report
2012/11/01 - Kuju Report

2012/10/31 - Towada Report
2012/10/30 - Bandai Report
2012/10/26 - Minakami Report
2012/10/24 - Nikko Report
2012/10/22 - Alpine Route Report
2012/10/18 - Noboribetsu Report
2012/10/18 - Sounkyo Report
2012/10/17 - Shiretoko Report
2012/10/16 - Norikura Report
2012/10/16 - Nikko Report
2012/10/15 - Kamikochi Report
2012/10/12 - Oze Report
2012/10/11 - Hachimantai Report
2012/10/10 - Bandai Report
2012/10/09 - Nikko Report
2012/10/05 - Route 292 Report
2012/10/04 - Alpine Route Report

2012/09/28 - Kurodake Report
2012/09/27 - Kogen Onsen Report
2012/09/26 - Asahidake Report
2012/09/21 - Asahidake Report
2012/09/20 - Kurodake Report
2012/09/18 - Asahidake Report