This are the official japan-guide.com autumn color reports for 2009 from our trips to various autumn leaf spots across Japan. Check our page on Autumn Leaves for general information.
2009/11/18 - Tokyo
We started the day at the Former Furukawa Garden (Kyu-Furukawa Teien), which combines a Western style building with a rose garden and a traditional Japanese landscape garden. Some trees there were already quite colorful, but the majority of maple trees have only just started to turn colors.
Only a 15 minute walk away is Rikugien, one of the most beautiful of Tokyo's many traditional Japanese landscape gardens that have their origin as a former feudal lord's residence. The trees at Rikugien have only just started to change colors and are unlikely to peak for at least another week. From November 27 to December 13, the garden will be illuminated from sunset until 9pm.
Tokyo's official tree is the ginkgo tree, known as icho in Japanese. Its leaf, which is also used as the symbol of Tokyo, turns a brilliant gold in autumn. The most famous of the many ginkgo lined streets in Tokyo is the Icho-namiki or "Ginkgo Avenue" in Meiji-jingu Gaien, a park with various sports facilities dating from the 1964 Tokyo Olympics. The trees along the street have started turning yellow, but still retain a greenish tint. They should peak towards the end of the month.
List of Posts:
2009/12/08 - Tokyo
2009/12/02 - Kamakura
2009/11/27 - Tokyo
2009/10/28 - Mount Fuji