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.
Some of the maple trees in the Seiko embankment, Sawa-watari (marsh crossing), and Momiji grove have also begun to change colors.
The sakura or cherry trees in the garden, however, are already past their peak as they have already lost most of their 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.
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 Kōrakuen Garden
Address: 1-6-6 Koraku, Bunkyo-ku, Tokyo 〒112-0004
Hours: 9:00 – 17:00 (entry until 16:30)
Admission Fee: ¥ 200
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)