Ongoing & Upcoming Events in Tokyo
The Japanese government's request for closing public places ended in late May. Now many stores, restaurants, museums, parks, etc, are opening as usual.
However, if you are in Tokyo now, I strongly advise you to check out the official information of the places you visit in advance.
Autumn Leaves (Fall Foliage) come from cold places.
In Mt. Fuji hillside, it starts in early October.
In Tokyo City, the peak is late November to early December.
The Best Season for Autumn Leaves in Japan
Mt. Fuji Hillside: Early October
Nikko (Lake Chuzenji): Early - Middle October
Hiraizumi (a World Heritage Site in North Japan): Late October - Early November
Lake Kawaguchi Autumn Leaves Festival (at the foot of Mt. Fuji): Middle November
Mt. Takao (hiking trails with a unique culture in Western Tokyo): Middle November
Kamakura: Late November - Early December (Same to Tokyo City)
The Best Spots for Autumn Colors in Tokyo
Rikugien Garden, which was built by samurais, is very famous for its huge maple tree turned red. There are many beautiful spots to see inside the garden. You can have a cup of matcha in the traditional style at the tea houses, too.
More Photos & Practical Guides: Photos & Reports of Autumn Colors of Leaves in Rikugien Gardens
Koishikawa Korakuen Gardens
Koishikawa Korakuen Garden is one of the best autumn leaf spots in Tokyo. There are many maple trees around the pond, which has the essence of beauty of Japanese gardens.
More Photos & Practical Guides: The Japanese Garden of Koishikawa Korakuen - Autumn Colors in Tokyo City
Hamarikyu Garden is a famous Japanese garden in the bay side district of Tokyo. If you are visiting Japan for autumn leaves, I advise you to visit Rikugien or Koishikawa Korakuen Garden rather than Hamarikyu. But I'm not saying Hamarikyu Garden is disappointing; it's beautiful enough, too.
More Photos & Practical Guides: Autumn Colors in Hamarikyu Garden, Tokyo City
Meiji Jingu Gaien
Meiji Jingu Gaien is the most famous place for yellow ginkgo leaves in Tokyo. The triangle maidenhair trees lined straight are so beautiful.
More Photos & Practical Guides: The Easiest Guide of Meiji Jingu Gaien Autumn Leaves Festival
Shinjuku Gyoen Garden
Shinjuku Gyoen Garden is the largest park in Tokyo City, which means the number of autumn trees is the biggest. Not only for the peak season, if you are not sure where to go, Shinjuku Gyoen is the right place.
More Photos & Practical Guides: All About Autumn Leaves in Shinjuku Gyoen Garden
Although Hibiya Park is located in the middle of business district in Tokyo City, the autumn leaves around the Japanese pond are loved by many photographers.
More Photos & Practical Guides: Guide & Photos of Autumn Leaves in Hibiya Park, Tokyo, Japan
Mt. Takao is a 3-Star tourist spot in Western Tokyo, which is popular among anyone from serious hikers to casual tourists. Yakuoin Temple in the hillside has a unique culture of shugen.
More Photos & Practical Guides: Mt. Takao in Japan (Part 1) - a Guide to Tokyo's 3-Star Sightseeing Spot
Kiyosumi Garden is another beautiful Japanese garden in Tokyo. As far as I see it, the specialty of this garden is early kinds of autumn leaves such as haze. You can see Tokyo Skytree from this garden.
More Photos & Practical Guides: Early Autumn Leaves in Kiyosumi Garden
Omotesando Ave. & Yoyogi Park in Harajuku
The most trendy district in Japan is also famous for its autumn colors.
Go to Harajuku Travel Guide
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Cherry Blossoms (Sakura)
The season of cherry blossoms is late March to early April in Tokyo.
Cherry Blossom Forecast for 2021 will come in late January, 2021.
Trip Planning Advice for Cherry Blossom (Sakura) Festival Visitors to Japan by a Local