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Autumn Color Report 2016

Below is a list of some of Tokyo's most popular autumn color (koyo) spots with the approximate timings of the best viewing in the average year. Generally speaking, the colors in Tokyo are usually best from late November to early December. See also our nationwide list of koyo spots.

Rikugien••

Late November to early December
Illumination 2016: 11/19 to 12/7, sunset to 21:00 (entry until 20:30), 300 yen
Rikugien is a spectacular and very popular autumn color spot. Some of the best views in this traditional Japanese landscape garden can be enjoyed from the hilltop viewpoint, around the Togetsukyo Bridge, and along the maple lined canal that runs by the Tsutsuji no Chaya teahouse.

Koishikawa Korakuen••

Late November to early December
One of the best autumn colors spots in Tokyo, Koishikawa Korakuen is another traditional Japanese landscape garden. Its main pond is surrounded by dozens of maples trees which turn brilliant shades of orange and red in late November. Several other picturesque autumn spots can be seen around the park's three main ponds.

Icho Namiki (Ginkgo Avenue)

Late November to early December
The Icho Namiki is the popular, ginkgo lined avenue in Meiji Jingu Gaien Park. The uniquely trimmed trees turn a brilliant golden color in late November, drawing crowds of people to stroll under the leaves or relax at one of the sidewalk cafes along the street. The Icho Namiki starts about one block from Aoyama-Itchome Subway Station.

Shinjuku Gyoen

Mid November to mid December
A large park with a variety of trees and a fairly long season, Shinjuku Gyoen is an attractive place to escape the city and see some autumn colors. Some of the best areas in the park to see the changing leaves are the Japanese garden and the Momijiyama ("Maple Mountain").

Mount Takao

Mid to late November
Mount Takao in the mountains west of central Tokyo is a busy hiking destination and one of Tokyo's most popular autumn color spots. A network of well traveled trails lead up the mountain, but visitors can save some time by taking a cable car or chair lift part way up. There are nice views from the summit out over the autumn colors along the slopes.

Showa Memorial Park

Late October to late November
Showa Memorial Park (Showa Kinen Koen) is an extremely large municipal park near Tachikawa Station in western Tokyo. It consists of several gardens and recreation areas connected by bicycle and walking paths. The ginkgo trees around the main entrance and the maples around the park's Japanese garden exhibit especially beautiful autumn colors.

Yoyogi Koen

Late November to early December
The best autumn colors of this large, western style park are not found around its central lawns. Instead, head to the southern side of Yoyogi Park where there are beautiful stands of red maples and brilliant yellow ginkgo trees.

Imperial East Garden

Late November to early December
The best place to see autumn colors at the Imperial East Gardens is the Japanese style Ninomaru Garden built in the second circle of defense of the former Edo Castle. In addition, several ginkgos and other trees are scattered around the castle walls and grounds of the spacious park.

Mount Mitake

Early to late November
Part of the Chichibu Tama Kai National Park, the 1000 meter tall Mount Mitake is a popular hiking destination within easy reach of central Tokyo. Autumn colors here can be enjoyed a week or two earlier than down in the city center.

Hama Rikyu

Late November to early December
Although not an outstanding autumn colors spot, there are some areas in Hama Rikyu that display nice colors, particularly along the northwestern shore of the garden's large, central pond.

Hotels around Tokyo

Recommended Hotels
Backpackers Hostel K's House Tokyo
One of the most popular hostels in Tokyo.
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Hotel Century Southern Tower
The most conveniently located hotel in Shinjuku, just a few steps from the station entrance.
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Japanican
Hotel Metropolitan Marunouchi
Adjacent to Tokyo Station, this is one of the city's most convenient and comfortable hotels.
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Hotel Sunroute Plaza Shinjuku
Just a few steps from Shinjuku Station, this hotel ranks among Tokyo's best values.
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Keio Plaza Hotel
One of Tokyo's most popular hotels and best values, a 5-10 minute walk from the station.
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Ritz Carlton Tokyo Hotel
Leading 5-star hotel on the top floors of Tokyo Midtown.
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Shangri-La Hotel
Adjacent to Tokyo Station, this is the city's most conveniently located 5-star hotel.
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Page last updated: November 9, 2016