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Ginkgo Trees and Autumn Foliage at Hikarigaoka Park: Video Introduction

This video, titled "Autumn Foliage in Tokyo, 2014" (東京の紅葉 Autumn Foliage in Tokyo 2014), was uploaded by "AQUA Geo Graphic." It introduces the mystical scenery of autumn in Japan accompanied by the sun and the wind, with lovely piano music.

The Best Time to See the Beautiful Ginkgo Trees at Hikarigaoka Park

Image of a row of ginkgo trees
Photo:A row of ginkgo trees

Hikarigaoka Park, located in Tokyo's Nerima Ward, is the fourth largest park in the 23 wards of Tokyo. Strolling through the autumn foliage in the grassy plaza with its large ginkgo trees is a delightful experience allowing visitors to enjoy autumn in Japan.
You and your family or loved ones can enjoy a leisurely stroll along the 200-meter-long ginkgo-lined avenue, which is more than 100 years old. The "yellow tunnel" created by the ginkgo trees is a popular spot among photographers and Instagrammers for viewing the autumn leaves in Hikarigaoka Park, and is usually at its best around mid-November. The "yellow carpet" created by fallen ginkgo leaves can be enjoyed from late November to early December.

Hikarigaoka Park's Zelkova Field - A Wonderful Spot for Viewing the Autumn Foliage!

Image of Hikarigaoka Park, Nerima, Tokyo
Photo:Hikarigaoka Park, Nerima, Tokyo

After Passing through the ginkgo trees and crossing Futago Bridge, you'll be welcomed by the silver Arch of Light, an art installation at Keyaki Field. Here, you're sure to be captivated by the autumn colors of the zelkova trees. The reddish leaves of the zelkova trees are what makes autumn in Japan so delightful. The best time to view the leaves is usually from mid-November to mid-December. Experience autumn in Japan to the fullest with the yellow ginkgos and red zelkovas.
[Video] 0:51 - The Autumn Colors of Japan's Zelkova Trees

A Moving Scene of Falling Leaves at Hikarigaoka Park

One way to enjoy the autumn leaves at Hikarigaoka Park is take some time to enjoy the leaves as they fall onto the surface of the pond. Although a somewhat melancholy sight, the red and yellow leaves floating on the surface of the pond in Hikarigaoka Park create a very emotional scene, captivating onlookers. While looking up at the colorful leaves in the trees, don't forget to look down for another perspective. You may even capture some breathtaking photos as well...
[Video] 1:51 - Fallen Leaves on the Surface of the Water

The Miraculous Art Found in Nature

Image of a duck swimming on a pond
Photo:A duck swimming on a pond

Visitors can also experience a convergence of red and yellow leaves at Hikarigaoka Park. There's an amazing carpet of autumn leaves that can only be seen at special times when the falling leaves and the wind are just right. The yellow and red streets, each covered with their own color, are exciting enough in themselves, but when you encounter the boundaries separating them, it's a truly magical experience.
[Video] 2:25 - A Boundary of Red and Yellow Leaves

A Myriad of Autumn Colors With Each Passing Day

Image of a tunnel of autumn foliage
Photo:A tunnel of autumn foliage

One might ask when the best time to view the autumn colors might be. However, the answer to this question is simply the moment that you visit. In the video, you can see the beautiful green, yellow, and red colors. Enjoy the exquisite atmosphere created by the changing colors.
[Video] 2:58 - The Changing of the Leaves to Various Colors

Hikari Pageant Festa - A Mesmerizing Light Up Event at Hikarigaoka Park

Hikari Pageant Festa, held at Hikarigaoka Park, usually in mid-December around Keyaki Field, is a festival of light and art. The annual illumination, which can be enjoyed from early December to mid-January, features approximately 125,000 LEDs lighting up the ginkgo-lined avenue leading to the park.

On the day of the event, there's plenty to see and do, including light displays, candle art, various music and dance events, and an exhibition stage. Please be sure to take warm clothing and enjoy a magical, heartwarming time.

Summary of Ginkgo Trees and Autumn Foliage at Hikarigaoka Park

Hikarigaoka Park, the largest park in Tokyo's Nerima ward, boasts an area of approximately 600,000 square meters. The grassy plaza built on a gently sloping hill is dotted with cherry blossoms and zelkova trees, providing delightful scenery in all four seasons. The park also has a wealth of playground equipment, a bird sanctuary for bird watching, and day camping and barbecue areas, making it a popular recreational spot for people of all ages.

In this article, we introduced the Zelkova Field and ginkgo trees of Hikarigaoka Park as popular spots for enjoying the autumn foliage of Japan. The area is also easily accessible by train, and is just a 10-minute walk from Hikarigaoka Station. These are highly recommended places in Tokyo's Nerima Ward that you should definitely visit during autumn in Japan.

◆Hikarigaoka Park◆
Address: Hikarigaoka Park Service Center 4-1-1 Hikarigaoka, Nerima-ku 179-0072
For inquiries: Hikarigaoka Park Service Center (TEL: 03-3977-7638)
Parking: Available (Paid)
Access: An 8-minute walk from Hikarigaoka Station (E38) on the Toei Subway Oedo Line, a 15-minute walk from Narimasu Station on the Tobu Tojo Line, Tokyo Metro Fukutoshin Line Subway Narimasu (F02), and Narimasu Station (Y02) on the Tokyo Metro Yurakucho Line

【Official Website】Hikarigaoka Park - Let's go to the park!

【TripAdvisor】Hikarigaoka Park

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Last Updated : Sep. 30, 2022
山田コウスケ(Kosuke Yamada)
Born in Fukuoka Prefecture. I enjoy grabbing drinks and making travel plans.
Autumn in Tokyo – Enjoy a Collaboration of Nature and Art With a Virtual Walk Through the Ginkgo Trees at Hikarigaoka Park via Video
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