Autumn 2013: Koishikawa Korakuen Gardens

Visit Date: 11/21/2013 (Best Viewing TIme: late November to early December)

Koishikawa Kōrakuen (小石川後楽園) is one of the oldest and best preserved parks in Tokyo and one of the surviving gardens from the Edo period. Numerous maple and ginkgo trees are planted along walking trails that lead to ponds, bridges, and man-made hills, providing one of the most pleasing autumn viewing spot in the city.

As of today, many of the trees in the garden have already started to show their autumn colors. Most of the maple trees in the Maroya area have already turned to bright red colors.

Koishikawa Korakuen - Maroya Area

Some of the maple trees in the Seiko embankment, Sawa-watari (marsh crossing), and Momiji grove have also begun to change colors.

Koishikawa Korakuen - Seiko EmbankmentSeiko Embankment area with combination of green, orange, and red momiji.

Koishikawa Korakuen - Sawa-watariSawa-watari marsh crossing with various colors of maple leaves creating a beautiful landscape with the stony pond and red bridge.

Koishikawa Korakuen - Momiji GroveMomiji grove near the pond have also started creating attractive fall foliage.

The sakura or cherry trees in the garden, however, are already past their peak as they have already lost most of their leaves.

Koishikawa Korakuen - Weeping WillowThe weeping willow cherry tree near the garden entrance have lost most of its leaves.

Several areas in the garden provide good autumn viewing spots but note that there are also a lot of construction on-going, which, is expected to be completed by March 2014.

Koishikawa Korakuen - construction near ginkgo trees This area creates a fascinating carpet of ginkgo leaves when the trees are in peak.

Koishikawa Korakuen - construction around the Engetsu-kyo BridgeConstruction along the trail heading to the Engetsu-kyo Bridge.

Koishikawa Korakuen - construction along the pondTemporary walkway assembled along the pond as it undergoes some really heavy repair.

Despite the restorations taking place within the garden, a visit to the park is still worthwhile as the gorgeous colors of autumn embraces the entire place and captivates the visitors.

Here are some of the best viewing spots in Koishikawa Korakuen Gardens:

Koishikawa Korakuen - pond with Tokyo Dome & Tokyo hotel backgroundPond area with Tokyo Dome and Tokyo Dome hotel in the background.

Koishikawa Korakuen - along the Nobedian stairsIn the Nobedian stairs around the southern part of the pond.

Koishikawa Korakuen - Tsutenkyo areaAround the Tsutenkyo area in the western part of the garden.

Useful Info:
Koishikawa Kōrakuen Garden
Address: 1-6-6 Koraku, Bunkyo-ku, Tokyo 〒112-0004
Inquiries: 03-3811-3015
Hours: 9:00 – 17:00 (entry until 16:30)
Admission Fee: ¥ 200
Child: Free
Adult: ¥ 300
Senior: ¥ 150
* Children are primary school children or younger.
* Senior citizens are persons aged 65 or over.
* Free of charge for junior high school students living or attending school in Tokyo.
Access: Iidabashi Station
▸ Toei Oedo Line – Exit E-06 (3 minutes walk)
▸ Shinjuku-Gyoenmae Station Exit 1 (5 mins walk)
▸ Tokyo Metro Tozai, Yurakucho, and Namboku Lines – Exit T-06, Y-13, N-10 (8 minutes walk)
▸ JR Sobu Line (8 minutes walk)