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Fall Foliage Excursion

October 27, 2014
Showa Kinen Koen
In spring, Tokyoites and tourists alike make it a ritual to venture outdoors and partake in the traditional hanami, or the viewing of the vibrant, fully-flowered cherry blossoms. And as autumn sets in now and all is calm and cool from late October to the end of November, we flock once more to the countryside to admire the opposite, but equally stunning seasonal sight: the koyo (literally meaning autumn leaves). And one of the most scenic spots to see the fall foliage is the sprawling, 163-hectare Showa Kinen Koen memorial park in Tachikawa City, just an hour’s trip by train from the capital.

Exiting the Tachikawa Station and arriving at the ground’s Tachikawa Gate, visitors are greeted by the 200m canal lined on both sides by fiery red gingko trees. More energetic folks can rent a bike and cruise the 14km course; or pedalos and rowboats for unique vantage points of the yellowing plantlife from the lake. Meanwhile, those who’ve packed a picnic lunch can laze about among the blazing maples in the vast fields and gardens. If you’ve got restless children in tow, there’s even a bouncy dome and playgrounds to tire them out. Nothing like a relaxing trip away from Tokyo’s bustling metropolis. Sugoi!

3173 Midori-cho / Tachikawa City / +81 4 2528 1751 /