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Tokyo: Starting to Change

After this week's quick Kansai trip to Kyoto and Koyasan (you can read the reports here), I return to Tokyo to check the progress of autumn colors.

The colors in the capital city have just begun and with temperatures dropping next week, I expect the colors of the leaves to improve further over the next week or so. The best viewing period should start later this month.

Aoyama Icho Namiki

Starting to Change

The ginkgo tree avenue in Aoyama is a popular autumn color viewing spot in Tokyo. Today I found one side of the trees to be more developed than the other, providing some early autumn colors to the delight of the visitors. It should be another week or so before all the leaves turn golden.

First look at Aoyama's Icho Namiki
Ginkgo Way, like the Milky Way
That tree on the far right curved itself to be in the picture
The greener side, the shadier side
Good dog
Green to gold in time to come
Autumn ginkgo experience
Ginkgo trees still mostly green by the main road

Shinjuku Gyoen

Starting to Change

Moving on to Shinjuku Gyoen nearby, I found the maple trees here to have just started taking on some color. Most of the maple trees were still sporting green leaves, while the cherry trees had their copper leaves out for the season. The best part of the garden today was the French Garden with its rows of Sycamore trees. The reddish-yellow leaves on the trees and the dried up leaves on the ground made it perfect for stomping under autumn skies.

Kids on excursion on a beautiful day
Cherry tree grove near the Sendagaya gate
The maple trees near the Sendagaya gate were still mostly green
Sunshine trying to break through
Just a bit of color at the crown
Favourite part of the garden today, favourite leafy ears
The biggest leaf ever, like ever
A touch of color in Shinjuku Gyoen
There was a crysanthemum exhibition when I was there
A bit more color here
Cherry trees showing some autumn love
Massive ginkgo tree by the main gate is still pretty green

Koishikawa Korakuen

Starting to Change

My last stop for the day was Koishikawa Korakuen beside Tokyo Dome. Like at Shinjuku Gyoen, the maple trees here had just picked up some color. With the colder temperatures forecast for next week, it should not be long before the autumn color spectacular begins in Tokyo.

Maple tree area at Koishikawa Korakuen still pretty green
Temporary walkway near the waterfall due to construction
Colors are just starting here
View at Koishikawa Korakuen
Small wooded area at the back of the garden
A bit of construction going on near the pond in the southeast corner
Maple tree grove by the main pond just showing some autumn coloring
Koishikawa Korakuen's season is yet to come