There are many other recommended spots in addition to Jingu Gaien Ginkgo Namiki! A walk around the "hole-in-the-wall" places where you can enjoy the autumn leaves in Minato City!
For "must-see" autumn foliage spots in Minato Ward, including the Tokyo Metropolitan Teien Art Museum, Arisugawa-no-miya Memorial Park, and Shiba Park, please visit the following website.
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Let's start with the must-sees!
Nearby is the Meiji Kinenkan, a spot associated with the imperial family and famous as a wedding venue, where a garden lunch is also recommended.
Jingu Gaien Ginkgo Avenue
The Ginkgo Avenue is about 300 meters long. In that span, 146 ginkgo trees are planted about 9 meters apart, creating unique scenery when walking through this tunnel steeped in yellow. The expert in early modern landscape architecture who managed this, Yoshinobu Orishimo, was called a master in the field. The ginkgo trees were placed based on perspective, calculating the gradient of the gently sloping ground and the height of the trees as seen when facing the gallery. This view is like a masterpiece; the beautiful sight of the interwoven trees is exceptional.
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Hinokicho Park," a remnant of a famous Edo period garden
The "hole-in-the-wall" spot in this area is Hinokicho Park. Although located in Akasaka, Hinokicho Park is adjacent to the east side of Tokyo Midtown. The park was built on the site of the former residence of the Mori family of the Choshu domain during the Edo period, and the name "Hinokicho" comes from the name of the residence surrounded by cypress trees, which was called "Hinoki Yashiki.
In the Edo period, at a particular daimyo's spare residence in Nagato Hagi-han (modern day Yamaguchi Prefecture), there were so many cypress trees that it was known as the Hinoki Yashiki (or Cypress Manor). At the same time, there was a famous garden called Kiyomizu Tei (or Spring Water Pavilion). In the 40th year of the Showa era, it became a park in Minato Ward, with a cypress-covered hill running alongside it.
Praying for autumn foliage and marriage at Akasaka Hikawa Shrine
Akasaka Hikawa Shrine
One of the ten shrines of Tokyo. Founded in 951 (Tenryaku 5), the current shrine was built in 1729 (Kyoho 14), on the orders of the 8th Tokugawa shogun of the Edo era, Yoshimune. Since then it miraculously escaped being damaged in the Great Kanto Earthquake and is designated as a Tokyo cultural property that exists as it did during its original construction. The grounds include great numbers of Edo era sights, from natural monuments to torii gates, stone lion-dog guardians, hanging lanterns and more. It is well known as a marriage shrine, with many weddings held there.
Tokyo's largest ginkgo tree at Zempukuji Temple
The ginkgo of Zenpukuji with a height of about 9m and a 19m high is popularly referred to as the upside-down ginkgo biloba. It is estimated to be about 700 years old and has been designated as the oldest one in Tokyo as a national natural monument. It is said, "The method of the prayer of the Nembutsu, and the birth of the afflicted, etc. or it is Zenpukuji" in the meaning that the cane of the ginkgo which had had it is set up in the soil of the precincts, and the Shinran who stopped by the legend is left the temple, and the cane is splendidly rooted , it is said that it grew up in big tree like seeing today. In addition, this tree, it appears to have died once after the end of the war, the designation of the natural monument has been cancelled, but there is a fact that miraculously revived becomes an unusual re-designation by the efforts of the chief priest.
Why not walk around the pond and enjoy the autumn leaves as if you were a feudal lord of Edo?
The Kyu-Shiba Rikyu Garden is one of the oldest gardens owned by a feudal lord, estimated to have been built between 1678 and 1686. It is a circular pond typical of the early Edo period, with a well designated garden in the heart of the pond and exquisitely arranged ring of boulders around it, designated as one of the 'National Places of Scenic Beauty'. This was place originally part of the sea, but was later reclaimed and served as the residence of Elder Ōkubo Tadatomo. Tadamoto had a garden built at the same time as the main mansion and named it "Rakujuen". Several owners later, it became the Shiba mansion of the Kishu Tokugawa family at the end of the Edo period. It was acquired by the Arisugawanomiya family in 1871, subsequently purchased by the Department of the Imperial Household in 1875, and became the Shiba-Rikyu the following year. It was damaged during the Great Kanto Earthquake, but was restored in the following year by the city of Tokyo to commemorate the marriage of the Crown Prince (Emperor Showa). It has been open to the public since 1924.