Koyo in Tokyo   東京の紅葉

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The Rikugi-in

An effect particularly popular among Japanese: the reflection of trees blushing leaves in water of a lake.

The Koishikawa Korakuen

The Koishikawa Korakuen is one of the largest park in Tokyo, an ideal place to watch the reddening of the leaves.

The Happo-en

One of the bonsai park whose leaves are blushing.

Hongo Campus

Hongo Campus of the University of Tokyo that is not flushing but the yellow hues of ginko biloba that has just admire.

The Hitachi park

Nemophila bushes are really amazing when they begin to blush.

Urban Koyo

If observing the changing of the leaves , known as Koyo, is a must-do when visiting Japan in the fall, who would have thought that the bustling city of Tokyo was part of this tradition?

Here is our selection to take full advantage of fall in the Japanese capital:

  • The Rikugi-en -六義園

North of Tokyo, this garden dating from the Edo period gives you the chance to admire the blushing leaves of the trees from the top of small hills. There is a lake, but also one of the largest forests of maples in the capital. From November to December the park is well lit as soon as night falls.

By Metro: Komagome Station (line Namboku) or Sengoku (Mita line).

Rikugi-en's website

This 7-hectare promenade garden has a lake in which the bright red leaves of the maple trees are reflected upon. Many Tokyoites come to practice momijigari, literally hunting for red leaves.

By Metro: Iidabashi station

Koishikawa Koraku-en's website 

Small winding paths, bonsai with reddening leaves and waterfalls make the beauty of this garden, a little more private and less busy during Koyo season. You may even have the chance to see a bride and groom in traditional dress come there to take photos.

By Metro: Shirokanedai station (Mita and Nanboku lines).

Happo-en's website 

  • The Hongo campus of the University of Tokyo - 東京大学の本郷地区キャンパス

It occupies the site of the former home of a famous Tokyo family, Maeda. Between the Gothic buildings were planted at the beginning of the century, hundreds of ginko biloba, which during the Koyo season take on a golden color.

By Metro: Hongo Sanchome station (line Marumouchi).

  • Hitachi in Ibaraki park - 国営ひたち海浜公園

This park, located north-east of Tokyo, is known for its nemophila, small blue flowers that bloom in spring. But when autumn comes, the nemophila groves take a red tint violet. An hour and a half by train from Tokyo, this park is an unusual place to celebrate the Koyo.

By local train: Katsuta station (JR Joban line) and then take the east exit bus stop Kaihin Koen nishiguchi.

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