The yellow ginkgo leaves made for a great scene as you walk down the main street
Gingko Tree Tunnel, Meiji Jingu Gaien, Tokyo, Japan. The yellow ginkgo leaves made for a great scene as you walk down the main street.

If you want to watch autumn leaves in Tokyo, I recommend visiting Meiji-jingu Gaien Park in the Aoyama area. Meiji-jingu Gaien is one of the most famous spots to see autumn leaves in Tokyo. There are many ginkgo trees (also known as Ginkgo Avenue Tokyo) in Meiji-jingu Gaien. The ginkgo trees turn yellow in the fall and this scene can not be described in words.

The Gingko Avenue and Meiji Memorial Picture Gallery
The Gingko Avenue and Meiji Memorial Picture Gallery. Credit: Ginkgo Avenue Tokyo blog.

About Meiji-jingu Gaien

The full name of Gaien is Meiji Jingu Gaien Park. It is a part of the Meiji Jingu Shrine which was erected to commemorate Emperor Meiji. Although the park is not located next to Meiji Jingu Shrine but it is under the management of Meiji Jingu. Meiji-Jingu is the traditional shrine of Japan, but Gaien is more like a western park. If you have time, you should go to both places and experience the difference.

Visitors took the opportunity of the closed road to take photographs of the lovely trees.
Visitors took the opportunity of the closed road to take photographs of the lovely trees. Credit: Ginkgo Avenue Tokyo blog.

The park has many facilities for sports at Gaien Park such as baseball field, driving area, ice rink. Gaien is also a great place for cycling because the bike path are opened on weekends.

Meiji-jingu Ginkgo Avenue
Meiji-jingu Ginkgo Avenue
This particular tree tunnel can be tracked down in the Meiji-Jingu Gaien Park,
This particular tree tunnel can be tracked down in the Meiji-Jingu Gaien Park

Autumn leaves

There are two huge ginkgo trees row along a street of Gaien. This street is 300m long and there are 146 ginkgo trees here. These ginkgo trees are trimmed in a unique way and they are just at the right for viewing. The ginkgo trees begin to turn yellow in mid-November. The best time to admire the leaves is from late November to early December. When it began turning yellow, the scene is fantastic! Especially, the beautiful scene with the museum behind these ginkgo trees. Some say the leaves look like gold. Gaien is a good place to take pictures. There are plenty of good places to shoot around the park especially in the fall.

Tokyo: The autumn leaves of Gingko - Meiji Jingu Gaien
Tokyo: The autumn leaves of Gingko – Meiji Jingu Gaien
Beautifully lined avenue.
Beautifully lined avenue.
The trees are growing straight towards the sky
The trees are growing straight towards the sky. Credit: Ginkgo Avenue Tokyo blog.
Beautiful leaves
Beautiful leaves
 Be enthrolled by the beautiful avenue of Ginkgo trees
Be enthrolled by the beautiful avenue of Ginkgo trees
Gaien Avenue
Gaien Avenue
Meiji-jingu Gaien Park entrance
Meiji-jingu Gaien Park entrance
The Gingko Avenue and Meiji Memorial Picture Gallery
The Gingko Avenue and Meiji Memorial Picture Gallery

Pay attention, because ginkgo trees leaves naturally fall at the same time. So if you see many leaves on the trees does not mean you can see them the next day. It is also very beautiful when most of the leaves of the ginkgo trees shed on the ground. It was look like a giant amber carpet and the street will become yellow.

Not much visitors on the other side of the avenue.
Not much visitors on the other side of the avenue.
Gaienmae cafe
Gaienmae cafe. A cafe facing the street
Women take a selfie with yellow leaves of ginkgo trees at Jingu Gaien park
Women take a selfie with yellow leaves of ginkgo trees at Jingu Gaien, the outer garden of Meiji Jingu Shrien, in Tokyo.

gaienmae-cafe
Gaienmae cafe
Some of the branches have shed most of their leaves.
Some of the branches have shed most of their leaves.
Visitors stroll on ginkgo leaves at Gaien Park
Visitors stroll on ginkgo leaves at Gaien Park
Fallen leaves on the grass, inside the roped area.
Fallen leaves on the grass, inside the roped area.
Credit: Ginkgo Avenue Tokyo blog.
Credit: Ginkgo Avenue Tokyo blog.

Despite the cold weather, many visitors flocked the gorgeous avenue.
Despite the cold weather, many visitors flocked the gorgeous avenue.
Meiji-jingu Gaien’s Ginkgo Avenue
Meiji-jingu Gaien’s Ginkgo Avenue. Credit: Ginkgo Avenue Tokyo blog.
Pedestrians view Ginkgo trees in Meiji Jingu Gaien Park, in Tokyo's Shinjuku Ward
Pedestrians view Ginkgo trees in Meiji Jingu Gaien Park, in Tokyo’s Shinjuku Ward. Credit: Ginkgo Avenue Tokyo blog.
Most of the fallen leaves have been crushed on the ground.
Most of the fallen leaves have been crushed on the ground.

The Gaien Ginkgo Festival

In the autumn season, the Ginkgo festival is celebrated in the Gaien Park. It is usually held in the second half of November to early December. The park is open from 10am to 6pm daily. Usually it opens 30 minutes earlier than the weekend and holidays. There will be many food stalls at the festival and you can eat fresh foods and vegetables from all over Japan. The festival is usually held annually. So if you have the chance to see the autumn leaves at Gaien, remember to experience a Ginkgo festival.

gaienmae-cafe
Gaienmae cafe. Credit: Ginkgo Avenue Tokyo blog.
Jingu Gaien Ginkgo Festival
Jingu Gaien Ginkgo Festival

Further information

The Gingko Avenue in Meiji Jingu Gaien Park

Address: 1-1 Kasumigaokamachi, Shinjuku, Tokyo 160-0013, Japan
Opening times: 6AM–11PM
Phone: +81 3-3401-0312
Autums date: from late November to early December
Access
By train: 5 minutes walk from Gaienmae station and Aoyamaitchome station (Tokyo Metro Gizan line) / or 8 minutes walk from Shinanomachi station (JR Sobu line)
By car: The “Gaien exit” on Metropolitan Expressway Route No.4 is the most convenient approach by expressway. The facilities are approx. 15 minutes from the nearest stations.

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