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2011/11/27 - Tokyo Report
by scott

The Tokyo Imperial Palace grounds with the Marunouchi Skyline

Today I headed back down to Tokyo to check on the progress of the autumn colors (koyo). The first stop of the day was Icho Namiki (Ginkgo Street) near the National Stadium in Aoyama. The area is looking much better since my last visit five days ago, and more and more trees are turning yellow along the street. It seems that the koyo around Tokyo is about a week or two late compared to previous years, and hopefully some of my doubts about this year's ginkgoes will be overcome as the season progresses.

Icho Namiki
Not many people were out in the early morning
A close up of the ginkgo leaves

After checking out the ginkgoes I walked over to Shinjuku Gyoen and arrived just after they opened up the gates. The last time I was here was two weeks ago and the autumn foliage has made a lot of progress since then. Though not quite at the peak, most of the maple trees around the Japanese garden are quickly turning red and, considering the late season, may not peak for another week or so.

Shinjuku Gyoen
Shinjuku Gyoen - Japanese garden
Photographers enjoying the maple colors
Red maples in the Japanese garden

The exposed trees around the ponds are also quickly turning red; however, the sheltered maple trees around the Momijiyama area are still very much green. The cherry trees, on the other hand, have lost most of their leaves and will soon be bare.

Red maples along the water
Green maples around the Momijiyama area of the park
The cherry trees around Sendagaya Gate
Cherry leaves on the ground

My final stop today was to the Tokyo Imperial Palace's East Gardens to check out the Ninomaru Garden, a Japanese style garden built in the former castle's secondary circle of defense. The trees around the garden looked great, and there were lots of red and yellow leaves to be seen. Like the other places I visited today, the Ninomaru Garden did not look quite at the peak yet, but it was probably the furthest along of the three.

Tokyo Imperial Palace - Ninomaru Garden
Ninomaru Garden's pond
Along the walkways
Cherry and maple trees near the Otemon entrance gate

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2011/12/13 - Tokyo Report
2011/12/08 - Kamakura Report
2011/12/05 - Tokyo Report
2011/12/02 - Kyoto Report
2011/12/01 - Nara Report

2011/11/30 - Kyoto Report
2011/11/29 - Kyoto Report
2011/11/28 - Kyoto Report
2011/11/27 - Tokyo Report
2011/11/27 - Kyoto Report
2011/11/23 - Kanazawa Report
2011/11/22 - Tokyo Report
2011/11/22 - Kyoto Report
2011/11/21 - Miyajima Report
2011/11/20 - Kyoto Report
2011/11/18 - Kyoto Report
2011/11/15 - Tokyo Report
2011/11/13 - Kyoto Report
2011/11/12 - Unzen Report
2011/11/09 - Sakurayama Report
2011/11/08 - Fujigoko Report
2011/11/04 - Kurobe Report
2011/11/02 - Mitakesan Report

2011/10/27 - Nikko Report
2011/10/27 - Towadako Report
2011/10/26 - Hakkodasan Report
2011/10/21 - Fukushima Report
2011/10/20 - Zao Report
2011/10/19 - Naruko Report
2011/10/12 - Nikko Report
2011/10/12 - Oze Report
2011/10/07 - Nasu Report
2011/10/03 - Nikko Report

2011/09/27 - Norikura Report
2011/09/14 - Ginsendai Report
2011/09/13 - Asahidake Report