Rikugien Garden is one of the best Tokyo spots to surround yourself with beautiful Japanese landscapes. While it’s worth visiting year round, the garden is especially picturesque during autumn, when the leaves take on different shades of red and yellow.
From November 23 to December 4, Rikugien stays open until 8.30pm for its annual light-up event. The garden’s trees are illuminated with golden lights so that the brilliant colours of the changing leaves stand out even more, providing stunning views.
Aside from admiring the autumn foliage, don’t forget to drop by the garden’s dozo storehouse. Its earthen walls will serve as the canvas for a beautiful projection show between 6pm and 8.30pm. Feeling peckish? Head over to the garden’s tea houses for light meals as well as matcha and wagashi (Japanese confectionery) sets.
Note that you’ll need to purchase a ticket online in advance to enter the park during evening hours. There will be 2,500 tickets available per day and entry is ¥1,000 per person (free for primary school students and younger children).