Every autumn, Tokyo comes alive with a stunning blaze of rich red, yellow, and orange hues all over the city. At the peak of fall, the trees, leaves and parks present you with beautiful scenery at every turn, so what better time is there to experience the capital’s brilliant autumn foliage (koyo) this year?

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November is known to be the perfect time to enjoy the autumn season–enjoy the urban sensibilities of the metropolitan city of Tokyo alongside the natural outdoor beauty of landscape gardens in fall. 

But if you’re feeling more than a little lost about where the best fall viewing spots in town are, we’ve got you covered! Experience the full splendour of autumn with our ultimate guide to the best tourist spots, parks, gardens, and day trips in Tokyo! 😍

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Tourist spots
1. Icho Namiki Avenue (Gingko Avenue)

Situated snugly between two luxurious fashion and business districts, Icho Namiki boasts a stretch of impressive gingko trees which turn golden in autumn.


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This popular avenue draws crowds of tourists and locals alike who stroll under the leaves or relax at one of the charming cafes.


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Don’t miss the annual festival held here: you can find wide varieties of merchandise, browse Japanese handicrafts, sample the local cuisine and enjoy street performances!

How to get here: 5 minutes’ walk from Aoyama-Itchome Station, or 6 minutes’ walk from Gaienmae Station.

2. Asakusa Sensoji Temple

With a rich history dating back all the way to the 7th century, the Sensoji Temple is a hugely popular tourist attraction. Be transported back to olden day Japan while you experience the gorgeous autumn foliage!


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During the change of seasons to autumn, the trees blush in vibrant shades of red and orange. You can even rent a kimono to get the most authentic Tokyo autumn experience–just imagine how picturesque that koyo experience would be, set in such a historic spot!


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While you’re here, check out their old-fashioned Japanese shops, where you can get interesting souvenirs, traditional items and snacks! Nevertheless, being a prime tourist destination the prices here are slightly higher.

How to get here: Take the JR Chuo Line from Shinjuku Station to Kanda Station. Then transfer to the Ginza Subway Line and alight at Asakusa Station.

Muslim-friendly food nearby: Sekai Cafe Asakusa

After a long day exploring the area around Sensoji Temple, pop by Sekai Cafe Asakusa and refuel yourself with their range of halal-certified Japanese, Western and Italian dishes. They’ve even got a prayer space here for you to conveniently complete your daily prayers 😌


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Disclaimer: Even though the food here is halal-certified, alcohol is sold here as well, so dine at your own discretion 😊

Address: 1-18-8 Asakusa, Taito-ku, Tokyo 111-0032
Opening hours: 
9 AM – 9PM
Contact No: +81-(0)3-6802-7300

3. Meiji Shrine at Yoyogi Park

Just a few steps away from the trendy Harajuku, Yoyogi Park is another garden that you definitely shouldn’t miss.


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Bordering Harajuku and Shibuya, this park has a large collection of maple trees that turns to a more traditional red.

#HHWT Tip: It’s best to visit on Sundays, when the park is filled with lively dancers, cosplayers and other fun entertainers!


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Take a leisurely stroll in the park or chill by the benches as you admire the scenery, and then pay a visit to the famous Meiji Shrine.

How to get here: Harajuku Station, use the Omotesando exit

Muslim-friendly food near Yoyogi Park
Gyumon (Shibuya)

A well-loved halal yakiniku eatery in the heart of Shibuya, Gyumon is the perfect place to tuck into a hearty meal in the midst of all your shopping and sightseeing. Simply choose your preferred cut of meat and watch it sizzle away to perfection on the grill 😋


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Disclaimer: Although the meat served here is halal, alcohol is sold as well, so do dine at your own discretion 😌

Address: 3-14-5 Shibuya, Tokyo 150-0002, Japan
Opening hours: Monday to Saturday 5PM to 4AM, Sunday 5PM to 12AM
Contact No: +81-(0)3-5469-2911

King Kebab (Harajuku)

If you’d rather drop by Tokyo’s famous Kawaii district, Harajuku, after strolling through Yoyogi Park, be sure to pop by King Kebab in Takeshita Street for some juicy, chunky kebabs on the go!


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Opening hours: Monday to Friday 10:30 AM – 8:30PM, Saturday – Sunday 10:30AM – 9.00PM

4. Tokyo Disneysea

Tokyo Disneysea is known to be one of the best Disney parks anywhere! And what better time to visit than in autumn?


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Enjoy the cool fall temperatures as you walk around the park, and avoid the hot summer weather while waiting in line for your amusement rides! You can thank us later 😉

#HHWT Tip: 9 tips for the perfect Tokyo Disneysea experience!No need to do more research on how to maximize your time at Tokyo Disneysea – just read our


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With world-class entertainment and rides, you’ll surely end up spend a whole day here for that ultimate Disney fall experience! Fill your tummies with Disney-themed snacks, snap photos with cartoon characters and watch as the day turns into night.

How to get here: Take the JR Keiyo Line/JR Musashino Line from Tokyo Station to Maihama

Parks and Garden
5. Koishikawa Botanical Garden

Koishikawa Botanical Garden, also known as Koishikawa Korakuen, is actually the oldest garden in Japan and also the best preserved gardens!


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Built during the early Edo period, it’s hard to believe that this centuries-old park stands right next to the ultra-modern Tokyo Dome City complex.


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The design of this landscape garden displays influences of classical Chinese aesthetics, and the arrangement of the twinkling pool and maple trees are just breath-taking.

How to get here: Take the train to Lidashi Station along the JR Chuo Line and enjoy a 5-10 minute walk to the Koishikawa

6. Shinjuku Gyoen National Garden

Tokyo’s biggest forested public park, you can expect to find a myriad of features at Shinjuku Gyoen: it comprises a traditional Japanese garden, a formal French garden and a stunning English landscape garden!

Traditional Japanese garden, Shinjuku Gyoen, Tokyo

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With over 20,000 trees here, you can imagine the amount of accumulated foliage at the park – it’s the perfect opportunity for that golden Instagram shot!

Formal French garden, Shinjuku Gyoen, Tokyo

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Dating back all the way to the Edo period, when it was home to a feudal king’s residence, Shinjuku Gyoen retains a sense of timeless tranquility to it. 

English landscape garden, Shinjuku Gyoen, Tokyo

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How to get here: (Main entrance) From JR Shinjuku Station, take the south exit and walk straight down the main street (Koshu Kaido) for about 10 minutes until you reach Shinjuku Gate.

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Muslim-friendly food nearby: Shinjuku Gyoen Ramen Ouka

One of Tokyo’s most unique eateries, this Muslim-owned (AND halal-certified!) Japanese eatery serves their ramen with a bowl of rice, so you can rest assured that you’ll be able to fill your tummies to the brim before you continue sightseeing!


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Address: 1-11-7 Shinjuku, Shinjuku-ku, Tokyo 160-0022
Opening hours: 12:30PM – 10PM
Contact No: +81-(0)3-5925-8426

7. Hibiya Park

Conveniently located in the front of the Imperial Palace and within walking distance from the popular shopping district of Ginza, Hibiya Park boasts an impressive 3,100 trees with over 51 species.


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The ideal spot for observing the autumn leaves here is at Shinji Pond: this oasis is actually Japan’s first Western-style park!


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How to get here: Hibiya Station (Hibiya Line or Chiyoda Line)

8. Rikugien Garden

An Edo-style garden built almost 4 centuries ago in 1695, this 21-acre Japanese garden is another amazing autumn viewing spot to visit in Tokyo.

#HHWT Tip: Rikugien gardens literally means ‘six poems garden’, and judging by the poetic beauty of the garden itself, it definitely lives up to its name 😍


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Take an hour to walk leisurely around the garden, admiring some of its most picturesque spots around Togetsukyo Bridge. After exploring, don’t forget to visit their quaint teahouse and do what the Japanese do best – enjoy some green tea!


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How to get here: Komagome Station, the garden entrance is 5 minutes away.

9. Ueno Park

Just one minute walk from the train station, this exquisite park is a well-known attraction, that is also home to some must-visit tourist spots. But it’s during the autumn season that Ueno Park really comes into its own 😍


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Each area has a path which will bring you to an area ablaze with stunning autumn foliage. The magnificent colour combination of red, green and yellow leaves is sure to leave you breathless.


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Afterwards, visit a couple of shrines and temples as you explore the park. You can even drop by the National Science Museum, which is also within the area!


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How to get there: JR Ueno Station, take the Ueno Park Exit.

Muslim-friendly food nearby: Sultan (Higashi Ueno)

Looking for a change of cuisine away from ramen, sushi and shabu-shabu? Drop by Sultan Restaurant at Ueno-M Building and dig into their sumptuous Indian and Pakistani dishes. From tandoori to briyani to naan, the food here will give your tastebuds a kick!


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Address: Taito Ku, Higashi Ueno 3-36-7, Ueno-M Building 1F
Opening hours: 11AM – 11PM
Contact No: 
+81-(0)3-6672-1796

Short day trips
10. Mount Takao (Takaosan)

This is said to be the best place for hiking at the outskirts of Tokyo. It’s a 90-minute climb to the summit, but it’s definitely worth it. If you’re lucky, you’ll get gorgeous panoramic views of Tokyo!


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#HHWT Tip: Spot the brilliant yellow gingko avenue in the heart of Tokyo from Mount Takao’s summit–you can even see it in the picture above 😉

It is also an amazing experience to hike here in autumn. Offering a totally different sort of atmosphere, you will be treated to unspoiled nature and get to visit onsens and forested valleys while revelling in the autumn colours.


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Sometimes, venturing a little further away from the city is really one of the best ways to fully appreciate the different seasons 😌

How to get here: Mount Takao is accessible on the JR East Chuo Line to Takao Station. Alternatively, you can take the Keio Takao Line to Takaosan-guchi Station.

Tokyo is an amazing destination to visit during autumn. Observing the fall foliage is just one of the great reasons to visit the capital of Japan. If you have plenty of time you will be able to fully enjoy the surrounding beauty of the city and the gorgeous deciduous trees autumn colours!

Planning an autumn escape to Tokyo soon?

Check out our website for the yummiest halal eateries, top attractions and prayer spaces in Tokyo!

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