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The best “red” season Autumn in Tokyo

By Yichun Lin on 4 Dec 2017

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In Fall, trees on the streets of Tokyo take on an orange and red appearance and give off an extra romantic feeling. Also, the cooler weather makes Fall one of most comfortable seasons of the year. Because of Tokyo's high latitude, the effects of the four seasons are very distinct here. Even on the low plains of Japan, you can enjoy beautiful landscapes with a complete view of red maples and yellow ginkgos. Let me introduce you to some relaxing Tokyo maple tours.

Rikugi-en is located at the convenient Komagome Station and is one of the most famous Japanese-style gardens from the Edo period. It is built in the style of an ebb spring garden. There is a large pond called Spring Water at the center, and beside it are artificial mountains and landscape structures. You can take a stroll while you enjoy the beautiful scenery of the Japanese garden. As one of the most famous maple leaf scenic spots in Tokyo, the large trees in the garden are gradually draped in colorful garments from mid-November to mid-December. The garden is decorated with brilliant spots of gold, orange and red in every corner and it is as beautiful as a heavenly painting. I especially recommend that you visit the Fukiage tea house on the surface of the lake. You can feast on your matcha and fruit while enjoying the beautiful view red maples, water and migrating birds flying past the surface of the lake.

The Fall Night Lantern Festival in Rikugi-en is a prescribed activity of the Fall season. It is loved by many visitors every year. During this period, the closing hours will be extended to 9:00 pm from 5:00 pm. With the dark night canvas, and the lantern lights shone upon the trees, the bright and glorious maple leaf outline and red color are definitely the stars of the show and are beautiful beyond description! The night lake is a mirror reflecting this magnificent glory and the woods trails under the lantern lights look like a fairytale forest, inviting you to take a stroll in it. The blue sea of lights on the ground is like a river as well as a group of fireflies. Each gesture and movement of the shining red trees make you feel as if you have entered a fantastic kingdom. The lantern and music blend with each other to create an intoxicating romance.

In the evening, the garden also offers traditional charcoal grilled dumpling sticks with hot rice wine. They warm your mind and body in the fall and wintry weather and are full of garden flavors. We recommend that you give them a try. Choose the right time to visit this garden and you will see the most beautiful scenery. Rikugi-en in Fall is the perfect expression of Japanese romanticism and is ideal for couples and families.

2017/11/18 ~ 12/6 9: 00 ~ 21: 00 (Final admission is 20:30)

Address: 6-16-3, Hon-komagome, Tokyo Bunko ward

JR Tokyo Metro Nobei Komachi Station 7-minute walk

Toei Mita Line, get off at Chisushi Station and walk for 10 minutes


It is rare to be able to enjoy such large-scale autumn maples in the heart of Tokyo, and I strongly recommend two nearby places that you can visit on the same day. Both are easy to find on the map and are about 10 minutes on foot. You can arrange to visit them all on the same day.


Sakura Onsen

It is a rare natural hot spring in Tokyo and a popular hot spring resort for locals. The special feature of this large open-air pool is the skin-beautifying, mineral-rich, amber-green hot spring water. The baths are surrounded by cypress wood and exude a relaxing, natural aroma. There is also a rich micro-bubble silk bath that can improve your blood circulation and a bubble bath. The entire hall has a rich, luxurious atmosphere and you must come here to experience a genuine Japanese hot spring!

You can wear a yukata and have your meal at the onsen restaurant. The large floor-to-ceiling window faces a Zen Garden. With the autumnal

romantic red maples to keep you company, this is a unique combination that you can enjoy only in an exclusive hotel! You can take a bath among the fall maples or cherry blossoms and make your journey perfect and comfortable!


Address: 5-4-24, Komagome, Toshima-ku, Tokyo

MRT: JR Yamanote Sugamo Station North Exit · Utsunomiya Mita Line, 8-minute walk from Sugamo Station A1



Japanese Soba Noodles

This is the first ramen restaurant in the world to receive a one-star rating from Michelin and is well-known among many Chinese travelers. It features the signature black truffle soy sauce ramen. This ramen is a work of art in the world of ramen. The soup uses several kinds of sauces, sake-based soy sauce and original soy sauce as a base, and is cooked with saury and sauerkraut. The finishing touch is blending the soup with Italian black truffle oil. The overall taste is layered, rich and refreshing. The whole wheat flour and sea salt water hand-cut noodles are richly textured and delicious. Rock salt and pepper are added to a tasty low-temperature marinated shoulder pork and the effect is fresh and non-greasy. Both are superior in standard and blend perfectly with the soup base. Once you have tried it, you will start planning to try it again on your next visit.


Since you have come to see the fall maples at Rikugi-en, there is no reason why you shouldn't come and try the best noodles imaginable. Let me give you a small tip: you should obtain the order coupon early in the morning, and come back at the designated time (noon ~ afternoon) for your meal. In the interim, you can take a walk among the maples or soak in the onsen. I sincerely recommend this perfect romantic journey for lovers, family, and friends!


Address: 1-14-1 Sugamo, Toshima-ku, Tokyo

Access: JR Yamanote Line, Toei Mita Line, 3-minute walk from Sugamo Station

Phone: 03-3943-1007 Reservation is not available

Opening hours: 11: 00 ~ 16: 00 or 18: 00 ~ 21: 00 (order coupons begin to be issued at 7:00 on weekdays and 6:30 on weekend, final lunch order coupon ends at 15:30)


Yichun Lin

Yichun Lin

Yichun Lin has been a resident in Japan for more than six years, where a familiar as well as the exotic country for her. She's been enjoying the modern but traditional land that is in elegant style. Still, she explores new things among streets and starts to see through the cultural phenomenon in daily life...

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