5 Best Spots to Enjoy Autumn Ginkgo Trees in Tokyo!

Best ginkgo avenues (Icho Namiki) in Tokyo in autumn!

Ginkgo (Icho in Japanese) is one of the most common autumn leaves that are admired at many locations across Japan during autumn. Tokyo has numbers of great spots for ginkgo leaves viewing including some ginkgo avenues called “Icho Namiki”,  and the leaves on Ginkgo trees turn into golden colour gloriously during autumn. The golden leaves can be enjoyed around 2 to 3 weeks and even after they fall down, the scenery of golden carpet created by the fallen leaves covering the ground is another spectacular autumn sight.

Let’s take a look at 5 most recommended spots to visit in Tokyo for beautiful ginkgo leaves viewing this autumn!

1. Meiji Jingu Gaien (明治神宮外苑)

At Meiji Jingu Gaien, approx 150 Ginkgo trees are lined on this avenue for about 300 m. Even though the best viewing time is about 2 weeks from mid November, the scenery is still enjoyable after the leaves fall down and creates gorgeous natural golden carpet. During the peak season, a Ginkgo tree festival “Icho Matsuri” is held (usually from mid November to early December). Numbers of food stalls offers delicious Japanese food. (More info: Meiji Jingu Gaien Ginkgo Festival)

Map: https://goo.gl/6gLSSx
Access: 3 minutes walk from Gaienmae station/Exit: 4a exit (Tokyo Metro Ginza line)

2. Showa Memorial Park (昭和記念公園)

Showa Memorial Park (Showa Kinen Koen), located in Tachikawa City, Tokyo, was established in 1983 to commemorate the 50th anniversary of the Emperor Showa’s reign. The vast park (163.0 hectares) consists of Japanese gardens, large recreation areas and the gorgeous Ginkgo avenue. Between mid to late November, the avenue turns into glorious golden colour. Several kinds of autumn leaves can be enjoyed in this vast park besides Ginkgoes. (More info: Showa Memorial Park : Best Flower Park in Tokyo)

Map: https://goo.gl/5avbp8
Access: 10 minutes walk from Tachikawa station/Exit: Akebonoguchi (JR Chuo line)
Hours: 9:30 to 16:30 (Nov-Feb)
Fee: JPY450

3. Hikarigaoka Park (光が丘公園)

Hikarigaoika Park is a large public park located in Nerima Ward, Tokyo, which has a beautiful Ginkgo avenue. Over 40 Gingko trees are lined and they are all over 100 years old. The park attracts most visitors in autumn and along with Ginkgo trees, there are several kinds of autumn leaves can be enjoyed during a season.

Map: https://goo.gl/FZyUhW
Access: 8 minutes walk from Hikarigaoka station/Exit: A3 (Toei Oedo line)

4. Yoyogi Park (代々木公園)

Yoyogi Park is located in a heart of Tokyo which can be easily access from popular tourist areas such as Shibuya, Harajuku and Shinjuku. It’s one of largest parks in Tokyo and houses over 13,000 of various trees including Ginkgoes. The park is hugely popular during the seasons for cherry blossoms and autumn leaves, and holds numbers of seasonal events through the year.  (More info: Yoyogi Park: Enjoy the Beautiful Nature in Tokyo!)

Map: https://goo.gl/YSEPKy
Access: 5 mins walk from Harajuku station

5. Marunouchi (丸の内)

Absolutely gorgeous and sophisticated scenery of the golden Ginko leaves and Tokyo’s cityscape can be captured right in front of Tokyo Station around Marunouchi area. The area is surrounded with numbers of shops and restaurants. The long ginkgo avenue connects the station and the Imperial Palace.

Map: https://goo.gl/fsReBJ
Access: in front of Tokyo Station Marunouchi Chuo Exit

Planning a trip to Tokyo in the autumn? Why not consider our nice 1 Week Itinerary in Tokyo in Autumn as a reference?

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