What to do in Tokyo – Autumn season

 

Autumn Leaves Spot in Tokyo

 

The beautiful scenery of Japanese autumn covered with yellow and red colored leaves is world-famous.  The deciduous tree which turns red and yellow can be seen only in Japan, South East Asia and the part of North America. Japan has the largest number of the kind of deciduous trees, and Japanese colored leaves are more vivid and remarkable of the color contrast compared with other country.They are still beautiful even if it’ll be a fallen leaf.

The area where autumn leaves are seen earliest in Japan is Hokkaido, and the view starts around September,then a front line of colored leaves is moving to south gradually.In Tokyo, colored leaves are covered up around November.

 

MEIJI JINGU GAIEN(明治神宮外苑)

Ginkgo trees of Meiji Jingu Gaien is one of representative autumn leaves spot in the central of Tokyo.About 150 ginkgo trees of age more than 100 are turn gold to line up along to the street called golden road.Ginkgo festival is took place at the best season around late-November to begin-December every year.Stall stores open and it is crowded with people. Golden carpet with fallen leaves is awesome. Easy access in the central of Tokyo is also attractive.

 

 

RIKUGI-EN (六義園)

 

Rikugien is one of representative Japanese gardens in Tokyo. It’s fine garden has been counted as one of two excellent gardens of the Edo period together with Koishikawa Koraku-en.A big pond with some islands are surrounded by trees. In autumn leaves season, especially lightened up leaves at night are fantastic. It’s crowded, but it is worthy to see.

 

 

KOISHIKAWA KORAKUEN  GARDENS(小石川後楽園)

 

Koishikawa Koraku-en Gardens which is named after a Chinese teaching of ” a governor should warry before people and enjoy after people ” is full of Chinese flavor. Viewing red leaves over small bridge with Japanese atmosphere are beautiful.

YOYOGI KOEN(代々木公園)

One of large park in the central of Tokyo having 1300 trees, covered up with yellow and red leaves in autumn season. In spacious park, there are many benches and places to be seated. You can have relax and cozy moment.

 

Komazawa Olympic Park(駒沢オリンピック公園)

       

FEEL TOKYO recommends Komazawa Olympic park for who want to enjoy the autumn scenery as jogging or cycling.There is 2.1km length jogging/cycling course around the park where you can feel fresh air and beautiful autumn season with approximately 670 ginkgo and zelkova trees tinted colors. In addition to rental bicycle from kid to adult, a tandem(two-seater bicycle) and a four-wheel bicycle called “pear pear” are popular.

 

Location: Tokyu Den-en-toshi Line “Komazawa University Station” walk 15 minute
Admission: Free (Rental fee is only $1-2)
More park information https://www.tokyo-park.or.jp/park/format/access040.html

Formally dressed up children in kimono – Shichi go san

 

Shichi-go-san officially celebrated on November 15th is a traditional event to celebrate the healthy growth of children as they turn three,five and seven years of age. For the Japanese tradition of Shichi-go-san, girls aged three and seven, and boys aged three and five dress in kimonos to visit shrine. Around November, you can catch sight of dressing up Japanese children in kimono at shrine (or temple).

 

 

 

Each age has the following meaning :
Age 3 – Kamioki, a ceremony of allowing the hair to grow at the age of three
Age 5 – Hakama-gi,  boys aged five can wear “hakama”, a formal skirt for formal wear, for the first time
Age 7 – Obi-toki, the ceremony of fitting an “obi”, a sash belt, to a girl aged seven for the first time

      

 

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