When you think of beautiful trees in Japan, you might immediately think of the springtime sakura blossoms that delight both locals and tourists alike. There are so many reasons to embrace the beauty of this country's trees outside the spring season, though - autumn is an amazing time to visit Japan, and the ginkgo trees changing to their signature yellow is one display of nature you shouldn't miss.
If you'll be heading to Tokyo, one of the best spots to experience the Ginkgo trees for yourself is at Meiji Jingu Gaien Park. The main thoroughfare that stretches through the park is known as Ginkgo Avenue, and across a 300 meter portion of the street there are almost 150 ginkgo trees planted.
Best of all, Meiji Jingu Gaien Park holds a Ginkgo Festival whilst the trees are at their most beautiful, with food vendors and fun events for families. If you've ever wanted to try some tasty Japanese festival food, this might be something to add to your itinerary - you'll get some great eats and incredible nature all in the one spot! This years Ginkgo Festival dates are from the 17th of November through to the 3rd of December, and it runs from 10am until 8pm daily - it's held even if it's raining (just bring your umbrella).
Can't make it quite in time for the festival? The beauty doesn't disappear as soon as the leaves begin to fall. The area takes on the appearance of being carpeted in gold - there's something truly magical about it.
If you'll be in Tokyo during November through to early December and want to experience the Ginkgo trees in all their glory for yourself, you can head to Meiji Jingu Gaien at the map location below. The closest train stations to the park are either the Tokyo Metro Gaienmae or Aoyama-Itchome Stations - it's about five minutes on foot from either stop.