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A Feast Of Autumn Leaves

Showa Kinen Park, November 8, 2017

The season has arrived, and in somewhat strange order this year. The ginkgo trees are full-on gold and already carpeting their surroundings with fallen leaves, but most Japanese maples are still just showing a mere tinge of red.

Here’s what’s happening right now, and here are the best places to see them, with maps.

Showa Kinen Park, November 8, 2017
Showa Kinen Park, November 8, 2017
Showa Kinen Park, November 8, 2017
Showa Kinen Park, November 8, 2017
Jindai Botanical Garden, November 4, 2017
Jindai Botanical Garden, November 4, 2017
Jindai Botanical Garden, November 4, 2017
Shinjuku Gyouen Garden, October 31, 2017

These are actually the advance guard of Japanese maples – the best are yet to come, so there’s plenty of time to get out and see them before the end of November! Here are more pix and maps to these and my other favorite spots in/around Tokyo.

It’s also chrysanthemum season right now, and even if you’re like me and chrysanthemums don’t come close to making the list of flowers you’d hop a train across town to see, you should go see these. You will not be disappointed!

These are at the Yushima Shrine, but there are lots more all over Tokyo until the end of November. Here’s where! (And guess what – some of the spots have both leaves AND flowers, how great is that?)

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Jonelle Patrick writes novels set in Japan, and blogs at Only In Japan and The Tokyo Guide I Wish I’d Had

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Writing mystery books set in Tokyo is mostly what I do, but I also blog about the odd stuff I see every day in Japan. I'm a graduate of Stanford University and the Sendagaya Japanese Institute in Tokyo, and a member of the International Thriller Writers, the Mystery Writers of America, and Sisters In Crime. When I'm not in Tokyo, I live in San Francisco. I also host a travel site called The Tokyo Guide I Wish I'd Had, so if you're headed to Japan and want to check out the places I take my friends when they're in town, take a look!

7 thoughts on “A Feast Of Autumn Leaves Leave a comment

  1. WOW! You’re blog is the shit! I’ve spent an hour here already. You write exactly about the things I wanna know about after my two week holiday in Japan this fall felt MUCH TOO SHORT! Thank you!

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