From November 18 until December 4, the tranquil Koishikawa Korakuen garden is celebrating its annual autumn festival daily from 9am to 5pm. Aside from being able to admire the beautiful autumn leaves, including red maple trees, you can enjoy a number of events throughout the festival period. Listen to a free koto and shakuhachi flute performance on November 11 at 11.30am and 1.30pm, or catch a free Noh play on November 23 at 11.30am and 1.30pm.
On November 17, you can even learn how the garden’s trees are protected from the snow through a traditional technique called yukizuri, where ropes are placed around the trees in the shape of a cone to prevent the branches from breaking under the snow’s weight. The event takes place twice a day from 10.30am and 1pm. In case of rain, it will be moved to November 18.
If you feel peckish, pick up a small snack at the food stall near the Matsubara area, open from 10am to 4pm.
While you’re already in the area, drop by the neighbouring amusement park Tokyo Dome City for its illumination event.