Top places to see Tokyo’s fall colors

Tokyo, Japan CNN  — 

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

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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.

Rikugien Gardens

Built in the early 1700