It’s here at last. Autumn. Hard to believe I know. Actually, quite suddenly last week, around Wednesday or Thursday, all the leaves just decided to flare up into fall flames. In other temperate parts of the world, the leaves turn around late September to late mid October. In Tokyo, it usually happens in November. This year was late.
I made it a point to go to as many parks and other places with great views of autumn leaves. I love the view of Meiji St. from my gym in Shibuya, walking down gingko-lined Platinum Ave. in Shirokane, and strolling through one of the best parks and gardens in Tokyo: Shinjukukyoen. Better known for the cherry blossoms in the spring, Shinjukuyoen is an even better place to visit in the fall because there are so few people there. This is probably because it’s a good 15 minute walk from Shinjuku Station and it charges 200 yen. Formerly one of the shogun’s hunting grounds, it’s now one of the best places in Tokyo to get away from the crowds. I’ve added the pictures in my flickr account and you can check them out here.
The picture I included above is the full picture of the new header for the blog. As I visit more parks I’ll post more pictures.