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  • Autumn foliage illumination

    20 November – 12 December 2019
    Rikugi-en Garden

    Rikugi-en, a splendid Japanese garden located at Komagome, Tokyo, is famed for autumn colours. During the fall season, the garden and trees will be lit up elegantly, for the 19th time in 2019.


    Rikugi-en is a Japanese-style garden dating from the Edo period. It was created in the end of the 17th century by Yoshiyasu Yanagisawa, a daimyo (feudal lord) and advisor favoured by the fifth Tokugawa shogun Tsunayoshi. The garden was landscaped to represent the universe of the traditional Japanese poetry (“waka”), with its pond, hills, rocks, plants and trees.

    Today Rikugi-en, maintaining the characteristics of the original landscape, is a heritage site designated by the State.

    As time goes by, over four centuries, the trees and vegetation have grown abundantly, providing gorgeous scenery according to the seasons.

    © Tokyo Metropolitan Park Association

    What not to miss of the fall foliage illumination 2019

    In autumn, the Rikugi-en Garden is even more picturesque, as the leaf colours change into shades of yellow, gold, orange and red.

    Illumination of autumn leaves

    In the evening trees will be nicely lit up, and the pond water sparkles with the reflection of flamboyant colours of leaves. During the lighting event, the opening hours will be extended until 9 pm.

    六義園 紅葉ライトアップ Rikugien autumn lighting (article by amuzen)
    © Tokyo Metropolitan Park Association

    400 maples (momiji trees) in the garden

    The garden offers a stunning autumn landscape with as many as 400 momiji or Japanese maples turning gold and red, especially in the section around the San’in-bashi Bridge.

    © Tokyo Metropolitan Park Association

    Matcha tea in the Japanese garden

    After a nice stroll around, take a break at one of the two Japanese tea houses in the garden, “Fukiage-chaya” and Shinsen-tei”. Take in the autumn colours, having leisurely a bowl of matcha tea and Japanese tea sweet (wagashi).

    Alternatively, you may also take a snack break at Momiji-chaya.

    © Tokyo Metropolitan Park Association


    Closer to the station

    During the autumn leaves illumination event, the gate of Somei, near Komagome station, will be specially opened to facilitate public access.

* The above is the information known at the time of publication and subject to change without prior notice.

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