Ongoing & Upcoming Events in Tokyo
Autumn Colors' peak comes to Tokyo City in late November - 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
The Japanese garden built by samurais is very famous for its huge maple tree turned red. There are many beautiful spots to see inside Rikugien Garden. You can have a cup of matcha in the traditional style at the tea houses, too.
The garden is lighted up in the evening!
Sunset - 21:00, 20 November - 12 December
More Photos & Practical Guides: Photos & Reports of Autumn Colors of Leaves in Rikugien 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
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.
Mt. Takao Maple Leaf Festival is held on 2 - 30 November.
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
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, so it depends on your schedule whether you choose this place or not.
More Photos & Practical Guides: Autumn Colors in Hamarikyu Garden, Tokyo City
Omotesando Ave. & Yoyogi Park in Harajuku
Go shopping in the beautiful streets lined by yellow maidenhair trees!
Winter Lighting starts in November lasts until February!
Top Places to View Winter Lighting in Tokyo
In Chrismas season, the beautiful Christmas tree becomes a great addition to the views of Tokyo Bay, Rainbow Bridge and Tokyo Tower.
From November, 2019 (depending on the shopping center, building, hotel, etc.)
See how beautiful the views are on Why I Push Odaiba Rainbow Fireworks in Winter!
Shiodome is a very popular place in Tokyo for winter lights. It is a walking distance from Shimbashi and Hamamatsucho.
17:00 - 23:00, 14 November, 2019 - 14 February, 2020 in Caretta Shiodome
(18:00 - on 3 January - 14 February)
Blue Fantasy at Caretta Shiodome & Travel Planning Tips
Tokyo Tower features warm lights and the big living Chrismas tree.
Tokyo Tower Winter Fantasy - Orange Illumination: 12:00 - 23:00 (Lighting Shows: 16:00 - 22:45, 4 times an hour), 1 November, 2018 - 5 January, 2020
World's biggest Baccarat chandelier is displayed with lights.
Baccarat Chandelier Light Up: 2 November, 2019, - 13 January, 2020
Christmas Marche: 12:00 - 20:00, 2 November - 25 December, 2019
Winter Illumination: 2 November, 2019 - 24 February, 2020
Christmas lights at the very central station of Tokyo are famous for being modern and artistic.
From November, 2019, - February, 2020 (Depending on the street, building, etc.)
Tokyo Michi-Terrace 2019: 21 - 25 December, 2019
Tokyo Michi-Terrace 2014
The most fashionable street in Japan is lighted up in Christmas season.
Go to Harajuku Guide
Roppongi Hills, the streets and Tokyo Mid Town are filled with lights in winter.
From November, 2019
Tokyo Mid Town: 17:00 - 23:00, 13 November - 25 December
Roppongi Hills: 17:00 - 23:00, 11 November - 25 December
Tokyo City View in Roppongi Hills & How to Get to Roppongi
4 Seasons in Tokyo
Explore 1 year in Tokyo on Event Calendar!
Cherry Blossoms (Sakura)
Cherry Blossom (Sakura) Forecast & Report 2019
The season of cherry blossoms is late March to early April in Tokyo.
Cherry Blossom Forecast for 2020 will come in late January, 2020.
Trip Planning Advice for Cherry Blossom (Sakura) Festival Visitors to Japan by a Local
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