While dipping temperatures elsewhere in Japan resulted in a slightly earlier peak than usual, warmer weather in Tokyo seems to have kept the changing colors more in line with what we would expect at this time of year. Despite some very pleasant early autumn scenery, both of today's sites are still around a couple of weeks away from reaching their peak.
My first stop of the day was Shinjuku Gyoen, one of Tokyo's largest and most popular parks located just a short walk from Shinjuku Station. Large patches of fallen leaves gave the area a nicely autumnal feel, but the park's maple trees were still overwhelmingly green with only a few beginning to turn orange and red. Elsewhere, ginkgo trees were showing mostly green and brown, with only a little of the brilliant yellow to be expected as we approach peak season.
While the colours here were mostly at quite an early stage, a handful of trees were already covered in striking orange and yellow leaves. Elsewhere, some of the more exposed maple trees were beginning to show flecks of red and brown while others in shadier parts of the garden remained a bright, summery green.