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Autumn Color Report 2009

This are the official autumn color reports for 2009 from our trips to various autumn leaf spots across Japan. Check our page on Autumn Leaves for general information.

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2009/11/18 - Tokyo

by scott and schauwecker

Tokyo may not be known as an autumn color destination like Kyoto, but the city does offer quite a few nice spots for fall foliage in its parks and gardens. Today we went to check out three of them.

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.

Traditional Japanese garden at the Kyu-Furukawa Teien

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.

Ginkgo trees along Icho-namiki in Meiji-jingu Gaien
Ginkgo trees along Icho-namiki in Meiji-jingu Gaien

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List of Posts:
2009/12/08 - Tokyo
2009/12/02 - Kamakura

2009/11/27 - Tokyo
2009/11/26 - Kyoto
2009/11/25 - Kyoto: Light Up
2009/11/23 - Nara
2009/11/22 - Kyoto: Ohara
2009/11/21 - Kyoto
2009/11/19 - Kyoto: Arashiyama
2009/11/18 - Tokyo
2009/11/18 - Kyoto: Higashiyama
2009/11/16 - Kyoto: Kurama
2009/11/16 - Mount Takao (Takaosan)
2009/11/12 - Kyoto
2009/11/09 - Fuji Five Lakes
2009/11/04 - Hakone

2009/10/28 - Mount Fuji
2009/10/19 - Nikko
2009/10/16 - Onuma Park
2009/10/15 - Noboribetsu Onsen
2009/10/14 - Shikotsu-Toya National Park
2009/10/07 - Hachimantai
2009/10/06 - Mount Akita-Komagatake
2009/10/05 - Nikko

2009/09/30 - Kusatsu Onsen
2009/09/28 - Kamikochi
2009/09/24 - Oze National Park
2009/09/16 - Tokachidake Onsen
2009/09/15 - Ginsendai
2009/09/14 - Mount Asahidake

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