Planning to visit Tokyo this autumn? Wondering what to do there during the autumn months? In Japan, Tokyo is considered one of the best places to go in Autumn.
The autumn months in Tokyo are September, October, and November. Tokyo’s weather in autumn is pleasant and cooler though you can expect to see rainfall in September due to the beginning of typhoon season.
In October and November, the temperatures can drop suddenly in the morning and at night. The average temperatures in the morning and evening are 7ºC to 12ºC in November.
You can find many deciduous trees that turn color in this season, especially in the parks & gardens, along the riverbanks, streets, on the mountains, and on the grounds of sacred temples & shrines.
Viewing autumn leaves is not the only outdoor activity as a tourist you want to experience, there are much more to explore for sure that include festivals, foods, indoor events, onsen, day trip from Tokyo city, and other cultural experiences.
Let’s find out some of the best things to do in Tokyo in autumn:
Autumn Leaves: Enjoy the great outdoors in and around Tokyo
Upon arrival of autumn, locals start planning for various leaf-peeping trips around the city. In search of a relaxing walk, they tend to visit parks and gardens to admire the beautiful nature of autumn.
During the weekend, many also prefer going outside the city and explore nearby towns and around by trains, cars and buses.
Between mid-November and early-December is the best time to see fall foliage in Tokyo.
The city boasts some of Japan’s most famous autumn leaves viewing spots, such as Koishikawa Korakuen, Showa Kinen Park, Rikugien, Yoyogi Park, Mount Takao, Icho Namiki Avenue, just to name a few.
Located in the Tama region of West Tokyo, Takaosan (Mount Takao) is considered the best mountain to climb in Tokyo.
If this is going to be in autumn, your climbing expedition would be an epic adventure with an opportunity to experience an autumn festival there.
The mountain is 599 meters above sea level, which makes it easy for visitors to climb the summit and enjoy amazing views from the top. You can find numerous some hiking trails there, so check the map before deciding which trail to take.
It is a great mistake not to visit an onsen town in Japan while you are there. I can suggest you two famous onsen towns, easily accessible from Tokyo, they are as follows: Atami and Hakone onsen town.
You can visit them but what do you think of Keio Takaosan Onsen Gokurakuyu?
After exploring Mount Takao’s interesting landmarks, you can relax your body and mind there. It features both indoor and outdoor baths.
You will also find a restaurant there. Eat soba noodles, sashimi, snacks, grilled foods, sake, and other delicious dishes.
Check out this page for access and services information including opening hours and entrance fee of this aforementioned onsen (hot spring).
Looking for an alternative? Mt. Mitake is a great replacement indeed. It features scenic hiking trails, forest, waterfalls, observatory, shrine, rock garden, and lodging facility, including souvenir shops and restaurants.
A hiking expedition through the designated trails here in autumn is a great outdoor experience that you will never forget.
Rikugien garden’s autumn illumination is a great sight to behold. It creates stunning night time scenery of beautiful foliage with perfect illuminations, attracting thousands of tourists during the peak autumn leaves season.
Gotokuji Temple in Setagaya is a birthplace of the maneki-neko (beckoning cat) good luck charm.
On the temple grounds, you find many red maple trees along with over thousands of maneki-neko cats, from big to small, and an impressive 3-story pagoda, which survived the American air raids during World War II.
We highly recommended you explore more autumn leaves spots around Tokyo; and they are easily accessible by public transport.