Inside the city of Tokyo there are plenty of spots for autumn leaves viewing, but for the real nature experience you better take a train to one of the more remote areas. Some are a bit far, but it’s definitely worth it!
Lake Kawaguchi Momiji Kairo (Maple Corridor)
Best viewing time: early - mid November Lake Kawaguchi near Mt. Fuji is the best autumn leaves viewing place of the Fuji Five Lakes. The vividly tinted maple leaves that cover Momiji Kairo, the promenade located at the north bank, are just splendid. The atmosphere is truly romantic. As an added bonus, the chance you’ll have a clear sight of Mt Fuji is quite high as the weather is finer in autumn.
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Yoro Valley Autumn Leaves
Best viewing time: end November - early December
For those staying in Tokyo, the Yoro valley makes a perfect day trip. Located in the middle of the Boso Peninsula, it takes about two hours from Tokyo by train. Latecomers can enjoy this spot too: it is the last spot to have full autumn leaves in the season near Tokyo. Take a walk along the river or in the woods and enjoy the serenity of Japan’s natural splendour.
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Best viewing time: November - early December
Much closer to home, Tokyo University’s Hongo campus’ autumn leaves are also possible to visit if you have only a few hours. It probably won’t take you much longer too, since it is only the university grounds. The pond in the back of the campus, Sanshiro Pond, is especially pretty, but the lanes of campus, with their bright-yellow Ginkgo trees are also an attraction.
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