Before moving to Tokyo, I would never have guessed that fall colors viewing was such a big deal in Tokyo. In Tateyama, we didn’t really go out much, let alone have many maples or gingko trees to go check out around November. Now that we’re here and have enough public transportation to go places (something Tateyama sorely lacked), we took to the web to find the best locations for our viewing outing.
When looking at the Japan guide autumn color report, one location really stuck out to me; Showa Kinen Koen (Showa Memorial Park) in Tachikawa, Tokyo. Sam was opposed to it at first, but the park and I won him over.
When we got there, the first thing I noticed it was a distinct few degrees cooler than our area in Togoshi. I was glad I brought a scarf, but regretted not bringing a coat as well. However, that didn’t last long since we spent a good 1.5 – 2 hours walking around the park. What is important to note about this park is that is is over a kilometer in size. We had been walking for 30 minutes just to get to the part of the park which branches off towards the Japanese garden, an area that was on our to-do list. Funny thing about that though: it was still 1km to the Japanese garden.
Anyway, we had a great time there and took a bunch of pictures.