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Autumn Color Report 2013
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2013/12/11 - Tokyo Report
by scott

Shinjuku Gyoen

It's been two and a half months and 33 reports since this year's first autumn color report, and in that time we have trekked all over Japan following the changing foliage as it moved down from the northernmost mountains and swept across the country. Today we round out this year's autumn reporting with a final trip to Tokyo.

The colors around Tokyo usually peak around late November to early December, and since this year's autumn season has had fairly average timing, I wasn't surprising to find the colors starting to decline around the city. Even so, there were still nice pockets of autumn foliage to be found around the spots that I visited today.

My first stop this morning was a follow up visit to Rikugien. While most of the colorful trees around the garden were at their peak last week, by now they are starting to freely shed their leaves. The exceptions were the maples around the Tsutsuji Chaya Teahouse as this sheltered canal tends to peak a little later than the rest of the garden.

The view over the garden from the Fujishirotoge viewpoint
Along the garden's large central pond
Rikugien
Tsutsuji Chaya Teahouse
Winter preparations

The next stop of the day was to another of our favorite gardens, Koishikawa Korakuen. Much of the garden is under construction at the moment; and unfortunately, many of the colorful trees left around the garden were in areas that were heavily impacted by the work. Still, there is some nice foliage to see at Koishikawa Korakuen.

Koishikawa Korakuen
The maples around the bridge have lost almost all of their leaves
A few trees had some nice foliage still
Looking out over Koishikawa Korakuen's Oigawa River
There was still some foliage to be seen around the pond
Some more nice leaves around the southeast corner of the gardens
The southern bank of the pond
The outlines of maple leaves stained onto a stepping stone

My final stop for the season was to Shinjuku Gyoen. Last week the maples and ginkgoes here were at their peak and you could see their brilliant red, orange and yellow colors everywhere you looked. Luckily, due to the large variety of colorful trees found around its grounds, Shinjuku Gyoen tends to have a longer season than most places and peak colors were still present around much of the park. The best areas were around Maple Mountain (Momijiyama) on the southeast corner of the grounds, around the Shinjuku Gate entrance to the northwest.

Shinjuku Gyoen
A huge ginkgo outside Shinjuku Gyoen's Sendagaya Gate
The Maple Mountain (Momijiyama) area of the park
Photographers enjoy the foliage around Maple Mountain
Mostly bare trees around the maple canal
Pathways around Shinjuku Gyoen's Japanese style gardens
Many of the maples around the Japanese style gardens have lost significant amounts of leaves
Around the Japanese style gardens
The pond area was still very nice
Around the Shinjuku Gate entrance to the park
A carpet of maple and ginkgo leaves
People enjoying the gardens

Well that's it for this year's autumn color reporting. There are still some colors left to be seen around Tokyo, but there's no doubt that Winter is Coming. Be sure to check back with us again in March when we pick the reporting back up again with the cherry blossom season. See you then!

In a little over three months these trees will be bursting with cherry blossoms
Future sakura blossoms
Jugatsuzakura in bloom

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List of Posts:
2013/12/11 - Tokyo Report
2013/12/10 - Kyoto Report
2013/12/06 - Kamakura Report
2013/12/03 - Tokyo Report
2013/11/29 - Kyoto Report
2013/11/28 - Kanazawa Report
2013/11/27 - Osaka Report
2013/11/26 - Kyoto Report
2013/11/26 - Tokyo Report
2013/11/22 - Kyoto Report
2013/11/21 - Miyajima Report
2013/11/20 - Tokyo Report
2013/11/19 - Korankei Report
2013/11/18 - Kyoto Report
2013/11/18 - Fujigoko Report
2013/11/13 - Kyoto Report
2013/11/12 - Tokyo Report
2013/11/11 - Sakurayama Report
2013/11/08 - Karuizawa Report
2013/11/06 - Fujigoko Report
2013/10/30 - Towada Report
2013/10/29 - Nikko Report
2013/10/29 - Yamadera Report
2013/10/28 - Urabandai Report
2013/10/22 - Gunma Report
2013/10/18 - Nasu Report
2013/10/17 - Nikko Report
2013/10/14 - Fujisan Report
2013/10/12 - Hakkodasan Report
2013/10/10 - Oze Report
2013/10/08 - Nikko Report
2013/09/27 - Tateyama Report
2013/09/21 - Kurodake Report
2013/09/20 - Asahidake Report

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