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Lighting of fall foliage 2018 at Rikugi-en


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  • Lighting of fall foliage

    17 November – 9 December 2018
    Rikugi-en Garden

    Rikugi-en, a splendid Japanese garden famed for autumn colours, will be lit up elegantly during the fall season for the 18th time this year.

    © Tokyo Metropolitan Park Association


    Rikugi-en, located in a quiet residential area of Komagome in northern Tokyo, 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 and paths, plants and trees.

    Today Rikugi-en maintains the characteristics of the original landscape. As time goes by, over four centuries, the trees and vegetation have grown abundantly, providing gorgeous scenery according to the seasons.

    Lighting of fall foliage 2018 at the Rikugi-en Garden
    © Tokyo Metropolitan Park Association

    Highlights of the fall foliage 2018 at Rikugi-en

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


    In the evening trees are 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.

    © Tokyo Metropolitan Park Association

    400 maples (momiji) 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: A bliss

    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.

    Fukiage-chaya © Tokyo Metropolitan Park Association

    Closer to the station

    During the 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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