Autumn Color Report 2009
by japan-guide.com

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.

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2009/12/08 - Tokyo

by scott and schauwecker

A quarter of a year after the first autumn color report, we concluded this year's reporting with a final trip to Tokyo where the season is still in full swing.

We started our tour of Tokyo at the Imperial East Gardens, which consist of a Japanese landscape garden and a spacious Western style park on the former site of Edo Castle. Autumn colors were not plentiful, but there were a few pretty spectacular ginkgo and maple trees close to the peak of their seasonal beauty.

Next on our schedule was Shinjuku Gyoen, which we must have visited about half a dozen times for cherry blossom reports earlier this year. Barren cherry trees far outnumbered the colorful maple and ginkgo trees, which were most numerous in the Japanese garden section of the park. Some of the maple trees were at their best, while others were already beyond their peak.

In contrast to the first two parks we visited, our next stop, the Institute of Nature Study in Meguro, offered autumn colors in a less human designed setting. The park feels like a wild forest in the middle of urban Tokyo. Autumn colors were spread out sparsely around the forest with the exception of what we would call the "Momijidani" or "maple valley" which had a high concentration of spectacular maple trees.

At last we revisited Rikugien, which was still mostly green two weeks ago. In the meantime, the trees along the garden's canals have turned nice shades of red and yellow and make Rikugien one of the best places in Tokyo for koyo right now. Illuminations in the evening continue through December 13 (sunset to 9pm).

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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