Meiji Jingu Gaien, or Meiji Outer Garden, completed in 1926, is an extensive complex of Western gardens, athletic fields, a ball park and sports facilities. The garden includes the 300-metre long ginkgo tree-lined boulevard between Gaienmae Station and Aoyama-itchome Station on the Tokyo Metro Ginza line. Toward the end of November each year, the ginkgo trees shine with golden autumnal foliage. This is Tokyo’s quintessential autumn scenery, which has graced countless Instagram accounts.
Every year from October to December, hordes of Tokyoites make the exodus out of town to classic autumn-leaf destinations like Kamakura, Nikko, Hakone and even Kyoto. And if you do so, don't forget to take advantage of these Go to Travel hotel deals (currently suspended) and JR train/shinkansen passes.
However, if you prefer not to travel, there are still plenty of gardens and parks right here in the city to catch the brilliant autumn colours from mid-to-late November. Here are our top picks of historic retreats, lush parks and lesser-known viewing locations, all in or close to Tokyo. For the particularly energetic folks, we recommend these scenic bike routes and hikes.
BEFORE YOU GO: The 2021 autumn leaves forecast for Tokyo and Japan