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Shinjuku’s Fall Scenery – Six Spots You Can’t Miss

Oct 11, 2018

Although the first official day of fall in Japan was September 23rd this year, the leaves usually start to change color in mid-November so it feels like fall is only just getting started. Tokyo has a lot of places where you can see the autumn foliage. In this article we will focus on six spots in and around Shinjuku where you can see the autumn leaves, starting with Shinjuku Gyoen National Park.

Shinjuku Gyoen National Garden

Shinjuku Gyoen National Park is formerly the garden of the Imperial Family. You can see different plants in bloom each season at this beautiful garden. Although it is best known for its cherry blossoms in the spring, we recommend seeing it in the fall as well.


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There are 1,300 cherry trees of 65 different species that change color in the fall. You can see maple trees and enjoy walking on a road lined with plane trees in the French Formal Garden. Take a leisurely stroll in this spacious fall-colored garden.

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Shinjuku Gyoen National Garden

Shinjuku Gyoen was constructed on the site of a private mansion belonging to Lord Naito, an Edo era daimyo (feudal lord). Completed in 1906 as an imperial garden, it was re-designated as a national ga…

Address
11 Naito-machi, Shinjuku-ku, Tokyo 160-0014
Telephone number
03-3350-0151
URL
http://fng.or.jp/shinjuku/
Hours of operation
Garden opening hours · 9:00–16:00 (last entry, garden closes at 16:30)
· Greenhouse 9:30–15:30 (last entry, building closes at 16:00)
· Restau

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Shinjuku Chuo Park

At the foot of the Tokyo Metropolitan Government Building is Shinjuku Chuo Park, an oasis in the big city. It’s usually not so busy, so it is a relaxing spot to see the fall colors.



There are beautiful golden gingko trees surrounding the Former Site of the Yodobashi Water Purification Plant - Hexagonal Lookout, a designated historical cultural property. Enjoy the beautiful maples in this big city oasis.

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Shinjuku Chuo Park

Shinjuku Chuo Park boasts being the largest park owned by the Shinjuku government. Surrounded by the Tokyo Metropolitan Government and other high-rise buildings, this park of bountiful nature is belov…

Address
2-11-1 Nishi-Shinjuku, Shinjuku-ku, Tokyo 160-0023
Telephone number
03-3342-4509
URL
http://parks.prfj.or.jp/shinjuku/en/
Hours of operation

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Hanazono Jinja Shrine

There is a line of gingko trees leading to Hanazono Shrine, an old shrine next to the Golden Gai drinking district that has protected Shinjuku for many years. The sun gently shining through the leaves as your feet crunch the golden fallen leaves is a wonderful feeling. After you’ve recharged in this beautiful scenery, why not go for a few drinks in Golden Gai?

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Hanazono Shrine

This shrine in Shinjuku has drawn the faithful since before the establishment of the Edo shogunate by Tokugawa Ieyasu in 1603 and continues to be cherished as an urban oasis to this day. The vivid ver…

Address
5-17-3 Shinjuku, Shinjuku-ku, Tokyo 160-0222
Telephone number
03-3209- 5265
URL
http://www.hanazono-jinja.or.jp/mt/top/
Hours of operation
· Prayers 9:30–16:30
· Office 8:00–20:00

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Shintoshin Kita-Dori Street

This street is a great place to enjoy the fall colors in the skyscraper district around Shinjuku Station’s West Exit. There is a row of gingko trees lining the space between Shinjuku Center Building/Sonbo Japan Headquarters and the Shinjuku Nomura Building. There are also zelkova trees lining the road from the intersection behind the Shinjuku Police Station (spot 2 on the map below) to the intersection in front of Kumano Shrine (spot 3). Take a walk and enjoy the beauty of nature in the big city!

Where to Start – Nishi-Shinjuku 1-chome (Tokyo-todou Shinjuku Fukutoshin Number 8 Intersection - Spot 1 on the map)

Where to end – Nishi-Shinjuku 2-chome (Intersection in front of Kumano Shrine - Spot 3 on the map)

Meiji Jingu Gaien

Meiji Jingu Gaien (loosely translated as Meiji Shrine's Outer Park) is known in Tokyo for its beautiful fall colors. It’s only a short walk from Shinjuku Gyoen National Park. For 300 meters on Aoyama-Dori Street, you can see four gorgeous rows of gingko trees. If you’re looking for a shot of fall in Japan for Instagram, this is perfect!

Meiji Jingu Gaien’s Gingko Festival
November 16th to December 2nd, 10:00AM-5:30PM
Entrance Fee: Free
Location: 2 Kasumigaoka-machi Shinjuku-ku
http://www.jingugaien-ichomatsuri.jp/

Yoyogi Park

Another famous spot to see the fall leaves in Tokyo is Yoyogi Park. This park is not as busy as Meiji Jingu Gaien in the fall, so the leaves that have fallen from the gingko trees are still intact.



There are some maples in the woods in the park. Have fun napping, chatting with your friends and enjoying a picnic on a carpet of beautiful autumn leaves.

Yoyogi Park
2-1 Yoyogi Jinen-cho, Shibuya-ku, Tokyo-to
Entrance Fee: Free

Although Tokyo may be famous for embracing modernity, there are still plenty of spots to see nature in the city. Each season in Japan has a distinct feel to it, so do not miss the fall colors while they are still around!

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