Ongoing & Upcoming Events in Tokyo

Autumn Leaves


Autumn Colors' peak comes to Tokyo City in late November - early December!
In 2019, it's lasting in Mid December. You still have chances to see them in Tokyo City!

The Best Season for Autumn Leaves in Japan


Kamakura: Late November - Early December (Same to Tokyo City)

The Best Spots for Autumn Colors in Tokyo


Rikugien Gardens

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


The huge, famous maple tree in Rikugien Garden, Tokyo, Japan.


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.

Autumn leaves in Koishikawa Korakuen Garden, Tokyo, Japan.


More Photos & Practical Guides: The Japanese Garden of Koishikawa Korakuen ? Autumn Colors in Tokyo City


Mt. Takao

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.

Autumn in Yakuoin Temple in Mt. Takao, Tokyo, Japan.


Kiyosumi Garden

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.


Kiyosumi Garden in Autumn, Tokyo City, Japan.


More Photos & Practical Guides: Early Autumn Leaves in Kiyosumi Garden


Hamarikyu 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.


Hamarikyu Garden in Autumn, Tokyo City, Japan.


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 Lights


Winter Lighting starts in November lasts until February!

Top Places to View Winter Lighting in Tokyo



The big Christmas tree & Rainbow Bridge in Odaiba, Tokyo, Japan.

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!



Blue Fantasy at Caretta Shiodome, Tokyo, Japan

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

Tokyo Tower in winter.

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


See Report of Tokyo Tower Winter Fantasy 2016



The Baccarat chandelier & lighting in Ebisu Garden Place, Tokyo, Japan.

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


Go to Report of Ebisu Winter Lights


Tokyo Station

Tokyo Station with Christmas lighting.

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


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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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