Japan’s islands have a long list of places famous for red, yellow and orange foliage. As an urban center, Tokyo might not leap out as a top viewing spot.
However, the nation’s capital has plenty of fantastic places to check out autumn atmosphere, both in the city center and farther afield.
Here’s a roundup of Tokyo’s most magnificent autumn viewing destinations, which are usually at their best in mid- to late-November:
Icho Namiki Avenue
One of Tokyo’s best spots to take in autumn leaves is right in the city’s downtown area.
Sandwiched between bustling business districts, Icho Namiki Avenue is home to a stretch of gingko trees that are especially breathtaking from late November to early December, when the leaves turn a bold yellow.
The avenue is great for a walk, but you can take a seat at the Royal Garden Cafe to enjoy the leaves as well as the snacks baked in the shop.
From November 14 to December 6, a festival celebrates the season, with goods for sale from across Japan and street performers.
How to get there: A five-minute walk from Aoyama-Itchome Station or six-minute walk from Gaienmae Station.
Built in the early 1700