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Autumn Color Report 2010
by japan-guide.com

This is the official japan-guide.com autumn color report for 2010. Please visit also our guide to autumn leaves for more general information and our schedule of upcoming reports.

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2010/11/30 - Tokyo Report
by scott

Rikugien Garden

Today I made another follow up trip to Tokyo to check on the state of the autumn colors (koyo). The first stop of the day was at the Institute for Nature Study, a nature reserve preserving Tokyo's natural forest wetland, found in Meguro Ward in the heart of the city. The park has a number of trails that lead through wooded forest and around small ponds and streams, and the best part area for autumn colors is along a section of trail that passes through a large stand of maple trees. Unfortunately it is still very early in the season for the nature reserve and most of the maple trees are only just beginning to change colors.

Institute for Nature Study
Institute for Nature Study
Institute for Nature Study

The next stop of the day was to Shinjuku Gyoen. Shinjuku Gyoen is best known for its cherry blossoms, but there are also many other varieties of trees planted around the park, some of which provide nice autumn colors. Besides the cherry trees, which typically have an early and not so vibrant koyo, there are ginkgos, maples and some bushes that were changing color around the park.

The maples are mainly found around two areas in the park: Shinjuku Gyoen's Japanese style landscape garden, where the trees are now mostly red and just around their peak; and more prominently around an area of the park called Momijiyama (maple mountain) where the maples surround a pond and cover a nearby hill. The maples along the water are just approaching peak color while the more sheltered trees on the hill are predominantly green and only just beginning to color.

Elsewhere around Shinjuku Gyoen, such as around the expansive lawns and the park's French style garden, you'll find mainly broadleaf trees that have already begun to drop a large percentage of their leaves.

Shinjuku Gyoen
Shinjuku Gyoen
Shinjuku Gyoen - Momijiyama
Shinjuku Gyoen - Momijiyama
Shinjuku Gyoen - French Style Garden
Shinjuku Gyoen - French Style Garden

Next was a follow up visit to Koishikawa Korakuen. The trees around the garden have advanced quite a bit since last week and while many of the trees are still pretty green, it feels like most of the trees around the garden are right around their peak if not a little beyond their best. The garden will continue to be attractive over the next few days however.

Koishikawa Korakuen
Koishikawa Korakuen
Koishikawa Korakuen
Koishikawa Korakuen
Koishikawa Korakuen

Finally, I made one more stop at Rikugien Korakuen. Just like Koishikawa Korakuen, Rikugien has also advanced since last week to the point where most of the maples around the garden are just around their peak, and they should remain nice for at least a few more days. Also, the garden's special evening illumination (daily 17:00-20:30, 300 yen) is currently going on and will continue through December 5, 2010.

Rikugien Garden
Rikugien Garden
Rikugien Garden

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List of Posts:
2010/12/09 - Tokyo Report
2010/12/06 - Kamakura Report
2010/12/01 - Kyoto Report

2010/11/30 - Tokyo Report
2010/11/26 - Kyoto Report
2010/11/26 - Osaka Report
2010/11/25 - Kyoto Report
2010/11/24 - Tokyo Report
2010/11/24 - Kyoto Report
2010/11/23 - Kyoto Report
2010/11/19 - Kyoto Report
2010/11/19 - Sakurayama Report
2010/11/18 - Nara Report
2010/11/17 - Kyoto Report
2010/11/17 - Ise Report
2010/11/16 - Tokyo Report
2010/11/16 - Koyasan Report
2010/11/15 - Kyoto Report
2010/11/10 - Kyoto Report
2010/11/09 - Fujigoko Report
2010/11/05 - Yamadera Report
2010/11/04 - Daisen Report

2010/10/27 - Kuju Report
2010/10/27 - Nikko Report
2010/10/26 - Kirishima Report
2010/10/19 - Noboribetsu Report
2010/10/15 - Akita Report
2010/10/14 - Nikko Report
2010/10/14 - Akita Report
2010/10/05 - Nikko Report

2010/09/29 - Oze Report
2010/09/15 - Kurodake Report
2010/09/14 - Asahidake Report

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