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A Photo Report From Icho Namiki Avenue, a Must-Go Spot for Autumn Leaves in Tokyo

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A Photo Report From Icho Namiki Avenue, a Must-Go Spot for Autumn Leaves in Tokyo

 

 
 
It's late November in Tokyo. The majestic Ginkgo trees that line Jingu Gaien Icho Namiki Avenue turn bright yellow, making this road one of the most popular leaf viewing spots in town.
As a bonus, the 2018 Jingu Gaien Ginkgo Festival is also held in the area from November 16th to December 2nd. Stalls selling delicious food will accompany your autumn stroll. If you're in Tokyo right now I definitely recommend a visit!
 

Get There From Aoyama-Itchome Station on the Tokyo Metro

The quickest way to get there is to take the Tokyo Metro to Aoyama-itchome. Take Exit 1, turn right and go straight. You will pass a Family Mart convenience store on you right. Keep walking and you will get to a crossing. At this point you will spot the rows of gorgeous Ginkgo trees on your right!

Aoyama-itchome (Exit 1 in the picture) is served by the Ginza Line, Hanzomon Line and Toei Oedo Line.
 
Aoyama-Itchome Station

Here's the Family Mart on the way to Icho Namiki Avenue.
 
Family Mart

After a short walk we arrived to the Ginkgo festival!
 
After a short walk we arrived to the Ginkgo festival!
 

The Jingu Gaien Ginkgo Festival

The scenery was so beautiful that I couldn't take my finger off the camera shutter. Especially because this only occurs once a year! The road is crowded with all kinds of people. Locals, foreigners, people walking their dog, even a few people wearing a kimono.
If you take pictures from the crossing, be sure to watch out for cars.
 
Jingu Gaien Icho Namiki Avenue

The beautiful Ginkgo tree avenue
 
The beautiful Ginkgo tree avenue

I started snapping away as soon as I got there
 
I started snapping away as soon as I got there

I had my friend pose for me and we took all kinds of fun pictures.
Please note that this road is very crowded so always be mindful of other people.
 
I had my friend pose for me and we took all kinds of fun pictures.

I used the leaves to make a heart
 
I used the leaves to make a heart

I love this atmosphere!
 
I love this atmosphere!

This road is known for the pointy shape of its trees. I find them very cute.
 
This road is known for the pointy shape of its trees. I find them very cute.
 

So Many Food Stalls!

After all this walking and taking pictures we were really hungry! Right next to Icho Namiki Avenue is the festival area, with lots of  yatai (food stalls). They sell snacks, meals and desserts and they're open from 10:00am to 8:00pm. The festival area is set up in a big wide space. Here you can find table seats and rest while enjoying some delicious food.
 
Right next to Icho Namiki Avenue is the festival area,

We got a pamphlet when we entered the area.
 
We got a pamphlet when we entered the area.

Everything looks good! I want to eat everything!
 
So Many Food Stalls
 
Roasted chestnuts - 270g 1,100 yen

Roasted chestnuts 270g 1,100 yen

A bowl of rice topped with salmon and salmon roe - 1,500 yen

A bowl of rice topped with salmon and salmon roe 1,500 yen

Shiitake mushrooms with cheese - 350 yen

Shiitake mushrooms with cheese 350 yen

Boneless chicken mix (leg and breast) - 600 yen

Boneless chicken mix (leg and breast)  600 yen

 

Don't Miss This Once-A-Year Scenery

If you're visiting Tokyo in this period, this spot is a must-see. Witness the beautiful 'change of the season' that Japanese people love so much. Bring your camera, a big smile, some friends or family and you will have the best of times. Hurry up before all the leaves are gone!
 
Jingu Gaien Icho Namiki Avenue
 

Information

Jingu Gaien Ginkgo Festival 2018
Address: 2 Kasumigaokamachi, Shinjuku-ku, Tokyo
Schedule: November 16, 2018 - December 2, 2018
Hours: 10:00am - 5:30pm
Admission fee: free
Website (Japanese-only): http://www.jingugaien-ichomatsuri.jp/
Access: 5 min walk from Aoyama-itchome Station on the Tokyo Metro Ginza Line, Hanzomon Line and Toei Oedo Line / 10 min. walk from Shinanomachi Station on the JR Chuo-Sobu Line

About the author
Rainnycool loves nature, pop and R&B music and reading. She enjoys a good cup of coffee everyday and likes to spend her free time in a café. Her life ambition is to become a marathon runner!
 

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THIS ARTICLE IS BASED ON INFORMATION FROM 12 01,2017 Author:DiGJAPAN! Editorial Team

 

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