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Tokyo: Starting to Change

A general view of the Japanese garden at Shinjuku Gyoen

November is here, and autumn colors are starting to make their way to Tokyo. Although the peak colors are usually expected between late November and early December, on her last trip at the end of October to the capital, Raina noted that most of the spots had started to change.

Today I headed to some of the popular Tokyo spots for autumn colors and see how the situation has changed within the last days. I found that colors were generally starting to change and I expect them to be at peak color within the next few weeks.

Shinjuku Gyoen

Starting to Change

I started off the day at Shinjuku Gyoen, a popular park located a ten minute walk from Shinjuku Station, which offers many different types of gardens. I first walked through the Japanese garden. Although the leaves seemed to have only recently started to change, the beauty of the garden made for a really nice stroll and good photo opportunities. I then made my way to the French garden, which boasted some nice autumn colors on the tall sycamore trees, before finishing at Momijiyama, where the maple trees were predominantly still green. I expect that the colors at Shinjuku Gyoen should be at their peak before the end of the month, as temperatures continue to go down.

Some colors starting to appear in the Japanese garden
Feels like being back in France
Parts of the pond looking very green
A very nice chrysantheum exhibition was held during my visit

Aoyama Icho Namiki

Approaching Peak

After my stroll in the park I decided to check out the famous Icho Namiki, or gingko avenue, not far away from Shinjuku Gyoen. The avenue's two sides differed, one side having leaves approaching peak, whilst the other side's leaves were still starting to change and mostly green. I expect the leaves to be at their peak here in a week or two.

The colors on this side were well on their way to peak
One side was much greener than the other
The gingko trees starting to change in the avenue

Koishikawa Korakuen

Starting to Change

Following this I headed towards Iidabashi Station and its nearby Koishikawa Korakuen Garden. Most of the trees in the garden were still green, apart from a few that showed a little bit of color. Still the garden was very enjoyable, and I predict that within two weeks the colors will be at their peak if the weather forecast holds true.

Signs of autumn beginning to appear here this morning
Still very green in parts of Koishikawa Korakuen
Colors starting to appear on some momiji (maple) leaves
Green leaves framing the stone bridge
Tinges of color at the far side of the park
The maple trees at Momijiyama, mostly still green

Showa Kinen Koen

Approaching Peak

To end my day of autumn color viewing, I stopped by the Showa Kinen Koen, a spacious park outside of central Tokyo, reachable by train from the big city. The trees here boast some pretty colors typically a couple of weeks before the peak reaches central Tokyo. This spot was definitely the highlight of the day, with colors approaching peak at the Japanese garden and at the gingko avenue. I expect the colors to hold for the next two weeks or so, providing the weather stays favorable for the foliage.

The colors at Showa Kinen Koen's Japanese garden were breathtaking
Leaves along the path
Some bright yellow leaves while other were still green
The gingko avenue was one of the highlights of the day
Looking across at the Japanese garden's pond
Enjoying a wide view of the gingko avenue