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Autumn Color Report 2015
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2015/11/27 - Tokyo Report
by raina

Visitors walking across the bridge at Rikugien

Today, I headed to Tokyo to check out the state of the autumn colors, while Schauwecker and Scott are in the Kansai Region covering Nara and Kyoto respectively. As reported by Schauwecker and Scott, the colors at Nara and Kyoto are at their peak and perfect for those who are in the area this weekend. Over in Tokyo where I was, the ginkgo trees are at their peak while the maple trees still need more time to develop their colors.

The autumn colors this year were slightly affected by the cloudy and warmer than average temperatures an over the last couple of weeks. The higher temperatures and lack of sunshine meant that the leaves took longer to change color or were not as vibrant before they dropped off. It is forecast to be colder and relatively sunny over the next few days, so hopefully that will be enough for the trees to develop intense autumn colors.

I started my day early at Yoyogi Koen, checking out the autumn colors there. The park is a short walk from Harajuku Station and located beside Meiji Shrine, and across from the Yoyogi National Gymnasium. The park gates are officially open from 5:00 till 17:00 from mid October till end April, and until 20:00 the rest of the year. I saw many people exercising and walking their dogs, which is always a nice sight to see in a busy city like Tokyo. The few maple trees in the park were almost at their peak but there were some that had mostly green leaves. However, the colors at the ginkgo tree forest was at their peak and the morning dew was making the leaves shine bright like diamonds. The cherry trees in the park had lost most of their leaves.

Ginkgo trees near the Harajuku Gate
This guy found a great sitting spot
Yellow leaves
Fallen leaves
Bare cherry trees
Ginkgo tree forest
Yoyogi National Gymnasium on the left, Yoyogi Koen on the right

From Yoyogi Koen, I took a short walk to the Icho Namiki (Ginkgo Avenue) in Meiji-Jingu Gaien Park. For those who prefer not to walk, Gaien-mae or Aoyama-ichome subway stations are the closest to the Ginkgo Avenue. The icho trees were at their peak and some trees could stand to improve a little more. However, they were beautiful to see and the other tourists around me would concur. There is a Jingu Gaien Gingko Festival that is held at the end of the avenue near the water fountain until December 6 from 10:00 till 16:30, with many food and drink stalls set up. If you are in Tokyo tomorrow, the 2015 Classic Car Festival in Jingu Gaien will held near the festival grounds on November 28 from 10:00 till 15:30, combining autumn color viewing with classic car spotting.

Icho Namiki
Oh what a day, what a lovely day
There was a line of about 70 people outside the newly opened love, i mean Shake Shack, 40 minutes before opening
Light filtering through the leaves

From the Ginkgo Avenue, I headed to Shinjuku Gyoen on foot. The cherry trees have lost almost all of their leaves while the maples dotted around the park need more time to for their colors to improve. Still, there were many visitors to the park enjoying the beautiful autumn weather and sunshine, as I was.

Bare cherry trees near the Sendagaya Gate
Stare at this like a 3D puzzle and your eyes will hurt
This only means one thing. Winter is coming.
Hello skyscrapers
Trees near the french garden
One day you'll be on top of the world

My final stop for the day was Rikugien, a stone's throw from Komagome Station on the JR Yamanote Line. The Somei gate which is closest to the station is only open for a limited period during the autumn and spring seasons. This autumn, the Somei gate will be open until December 6 from 9:00 till 21:00 (entry until 20:30), which is also when the evening illuminations will be held. When Joe was here the last time, the colors were just starting, and now two weeks later, I'm pleased to report that the colors are getting better with still room for improvement.

Some green leaves
This 3D puzzle made my eyes hurt even more
Colors developing nicely here
Autumn colors
Colors near the main gate

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List of Posts:
2015/12/09 - Tokyo Report
2015/12/04 - Kyoto Report
2015/12/03 - Tokyo Report
2015/12/01 - Kamakura Report
2015/11/27 - Tokyo Report
2015/11/27 - Kyoto Report
2015/11/27 - Nara Report
2015/11/26 - Osaka Report
2015/11/25 - Miyajima Report
2015/11/24 - Kyoto Report
2015/11/20 - Kyoto Report
2015/11/19 - Tokyo Report
2015/11/19 - Kankakei Report
2015/11/18 - Mount Mitake Report
2015/11/18 - Korankei Report
2015/11/17 - Fujigoko Report
2015/11/17 - Kyoto Report
2015/11/16 - Mount Takao Report
2015/11/13 - Kyoto Report
2015/11/12 - Tokyo Report
2015/11/11 - Hakone Report
2015/11/11 - Fukuroda Falls Report
2015/11/10 - Kyoto Report
2015/11/09 - Koyasan Report
2015/11/08 - Miyajima Report
2015/11/07 - Dazaifu Report
2015/11/06 - Fujigoko Report
2015/11/04 - Tokyo Report
2015/10/30 - Kyoto Report
2015/10/28 - Nikko Report
2015/10/26 - Bandai Report
2015/10/22 - Northern Alps Report
2015/10/21 - Northern Alps Report
2015/10/20 - Mount Fuji Report
2015/10/15 - Hachimantai Report
2015/10/15 - Nikko Report
2015/10/14 - Alpine Route Report
2015/10/14 - Towada Report
2015/10/13 - Hakkoda Report
2015/10/08 - Nasu Report
2015/10/06 - Nikko Report
2015/10/05 - Route 292 Report
2015/09/28 - Oze Report
2015/09/24 - Alpine Route Report
2015/09/17 - Daisetsuzan Report
2015/09/16 - Daisetsuzan Report

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