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Tokyo: Starting to Change

Views in the Japanese garden at Showa Kinen Koen

Today, I visited Tokyo again two weeks after my last trip. The last time I was here, the colors were barely starting with majority of the trees in the city still sporting green leaves. Today, I am pleased to report that the ginkgo trees have taken on more yellow tones while the maple trees are still mostly green. Last week, the colors were most developed at Showa Kinen Koen and this week, they continue to lead in the autumn color race.

Elsewhere in the country, Kyoto was still fairly green when I visited at the beginning of this week. The colors are expected to reach their peak later this month. Sam was in the Fuji Five Lakes region a couple of days ago and reported that the colors there were approaching peak.

Aoyama Icho Namiki

Starting to Change

My first stop for the day was the Aoyama Icho Namiki, a ginkgo tree lined avenue leading towards Meiji Jingu Gaien. The trees have taken just a bit more color in the two weeks that have passed since my last visit and it should be at least another two weeks before they reach their peak. The 20th Jingugaien Ginkgo Festival will be held in the baseball field at the end of the avenue from November 18 to December 5.

Hello Aoyama Icho Namiki
Ginkgo tunnel
Give them a bit more time and they will be all golden
Still mostly green here

Koishikawa Korakuen

Still Green

Moving on, I headed to Koishikawa Korakuen, a traditional garden not far from Iidabashi Station. The garden has a maple grove which was still green but it shouldn't be long before the leaves start turning red.

Walking into the still-green maple tree grove
First wedding photo shoot of the season
Still green here too
Bit of construction going on near the waterfall on the left
Lots of viewpoints in the garden
Cherry trees and maple trees
It's Tokyo Dome and the amusement park in the back

Showa Kinen Koen

Starting to Change

My third stop for the day was Showa Kinen Koen in west Tokyo. The park is typically one of the first few places in Tokyo to see fall colors and today, it did not disappoint. The colors in the Japanese garden had progressed beautifully and that was where most of the colors were today. The ginkgo trees near the Tachikawa entrance and in the southeast part of the park near the sports area had taken on more color. The park has an autumn festival from November 5 to 27, during which visitors can enjoy the fall colors.

Ginkgo trees along the canal
Grandpa's painting is fairly accurate
Green and yellow
All the fruit that I saw two weeks ago almost all dropped
Where the colors are
Imagine this at its peak
Taking a break on the bridge
This will all be ablaze in a couple of weeks
Crossing the wooden bridge
No filter
Many colors, such wow
Different shades of autumn
Ginkgo trees in the southeast corner of the park

Shinjuku Gyoen

Still Green

My last stop for the day was Shinjuku Gyoen, a beautiful and popular park in Shinjuku. The trees in the park are still green but nevertheless, it is still enjoyable to walk around and relax in judging by the number of people I saw lying on the grass enjoying the day.

Jugatsu sakura in November
Shinjuku Gyoen
Green maple trees
French garden looking green and brown
Slightly yellow in this corner of the park
Looking out from the Taiwan Pavilion in the park
This tree needs more time before it turns fiery red