Best spots to see autumn leaves in Japan
Autumn has arrived at the luxury hotel in Alicante Asia Gardens Hotel & Thai Spa, but good weather doesn´t leave us in the Mediterranean. And how about continuing our route around the Asian continent? We suggest an ideal autumnal plan for nature lovers: a tour around the best gardens and parks to enjoy autumn in Japan.
One of the most traditional pictures of autumn in Japan is, without a doubt, its leaves turning red. This is known as kōyō or momiji. Leaves start turning yellow, orange, red and violet with the arrival of the cold season; a nature show worth seeing and one of the most representative activities of the Japanese autumn.
Which are some of the best spots to enjoy momiji?
Showa Kinen Park. Located in Tachikawa, Tokyo, offers huge green spaces, which include 1,500 cherry trees gather into 31 different species. It is especially beautiful in autumn, when its ginkgo trees turn into yellow and gold.
Koishikawa Korakuen Garden. Located in the heart of Tokyo, it is one of the most beautiful gardens in the city. It is, together with Kyu Shiba Rikyu Garden, the only gardens built during Edo Period that still remain in Tokyo. The garden has many maples and ginkgo trees, which become beautiful during momiji.
Rikugien Garden. Also located in Tokyo, this park is very popular due to its maples forest, which makes it the ideal place to enjoy the colourful leaves of autumn. During momiji, the park opens until 9 p.m. and it is lighten up in a special way during these nights.