Hi, Hi and HI…! 🙂
It was a long weekend over here in Japan last week, and I dragged Y-chan with me to enjoy the Autumn foliage/leaves (or kouyou 紅葉) which were happening almost every where in Tokyo.
Initially, I was planning to visit Tochigi in mid-November for the pretty autumn foliage & a night’s stay in the ryokan but gave up because the ryokans were either fully booked or waaayyyy too expensive (SGD 400/pax). 😥 *face palms & shakes head*
So we took the cheaper route to enjoy autumn by going to Shinjuku instead. 😉 The spot we went to was Jingu Gaien Ichou namiki (神宮外苑イチョウ並木). Ichou in English is Ginkgo tree. You may think “What’s so special about Ginkgo tree?” right?
The answer is this.
Golden colored ginkgo trees lined the road of Aoyama. It was my first time seeing such uniformly-shaped trees and colors.
The pathway was filled with visitors and everyone was just strolling and enjoying the moment.
It was very hard to capture the actual colors of the ginkgo trees because of the reflection it gives off. (So I tried to edit it and added a layer of filter to match it to the original colors.)
I love how the fallen leaves piled up to cover the protruding roots.
One BAD point to note: the area stinks.
Yes, it smelled like some animal’s poop. The fruits (ginkgo nuts) dropped from the trees, no one picks it up and it just rot there. 😦
Other than it stinks (and crowded with visitors), I would recommend giving this place a visit when you’re in Tokyo during late November. 🙂
Directions: From Shinjuku station, take Oedo line (subway) to Aoyama Itchome station and exit at Exit 1. Walk down the street and you’ll reach in a few minutes.