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Autumn Color Report 2011
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2011/12/05 - Tokyo Report
by scott

Reflections in the pond at Koishikawa Korakuen

Today I returned to Tokyo to check out the autumn colors (koyo) at Rikugien, Koishikawa Korakuen, Hama Rikyu, and the Icho Namiki in Aoyama. Although most areas were still pretty colorful, it looks like it is now approaching the tail end of the koyo season around Tokyo.

My first stop today was to Rikugien in northern Tokyo. Many of the colorful, early changing trees that I saw in my last visit have already dropped most of their leaves; however pockets of maple trees that are still around the peak can be found around the gardens and should remain nice for a little while longer. Rikugien's special autumn exhibits and light up have ended for the season.

Rigugien
The view from Fujishiro Toge
Rikugien
Rikugien
Rikugien

A short subway ride and took me to Koishikawa Korakuen which has really improved since my last visit when the maples were mostly green and the cherry trees were the ones providing most of the autumn color. In the meantime the maple trees have really hit their peak all around the park.

Tokyo Dome behind Koishikawa Korakuen
Koishikawa Korakuen
Koishikawa Korakuen
Koishikawa Korakuen
Koishikawa Korakuen

After Koishikawa Korakuen I headed over to southeastern Tokyo to visit Hama Rikyu, a huge garden that was originally built during the Edo Period as an entertainment venue for the Tokugawa Shogunate. The garden's large saltwater pond is surrounded by miniature forests and beautiful cultivated lawns. However, it is not a very spectacular koyo spot with only a handful of maple trees planted sparingly around the grounds. Other species such as cherry (which have dropped most of their leaves already), zelkovia (keyaki), and a few ginkgo (icho) contributed to the autumn colors around the garden.

The skyscrapers of Shiodome behind Hama Rikyu
Cherry and maple trees around Hama Rikyu
Hama Rikyu
A path through the cherry trees
A beautiful ginkgo at its peak

Finally, I made a quick stop at the Icho Namiki (Ginkgo Street) in Aoyama which was in the funny situation where half of the trees were still turning yellow, while the other half are dropping their leaves. It was still pleasant to walk through the tunnels of yellow leaves, but the view down the center of the street never really made it to the peak levels of past years.

Icho Namiki
Icho Namiki
Icho Namiki
Icho Namiki
Icho Namiki

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List of Posts:
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

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