Sakura, Autumn Leaves
- Places where Sakura cherry blossoms can be seen in the spring
- Places where the beautiful changing colors of autumn leaves can be seen
Inokashira Park is most famous as an "Ohanami" (flower-viewing) spot when the cherry blossoms bloom in spring. Visitors also enjoy boat rides on Inokashira Pond at the center of the park, and often come on dates. The park covers an area of about 420,000 m2.
1-minute walk from Inokashira-koen Station
Jindai Botanical Park
The largest botanical park in Tokyo, especially popular for its Rose Festivals in spring and autumn.
The Tropical Greenhouse at the center of the park burgeons with jungle vegetation all year round (closed for repairs until the spring of 2016).
Take the bus for Jindai-ji Temple from Tsutsujigaoka Station or the north exit of Chofu Station. Get off at Jindai Botanical Park
Mt. Takao is located only about 50 minutes away from Shinjuku by train, close enough for a day trip of leisurely hiking on the mountain. The Japanese have regarded it as a holy mountain since the Edo period. The mountain today is well loved as a splendid nature destination close to the city.
Hikers can climb to the top in about 90 minutes on any of several clearly marked trails. Others can ride to the top on a cable car or chair lift from the foot of the mountain.
When the weather is right you can see Mt. Fuji clearly from near the top of the mountain.
About 5 minutes from Takaosanguchi Station to the cable car or chair lift
Keio Floral Garden "Ange"
Ten European style gardens in different themes are kept in Keio Floral Garden "Ange" including a Water Garden inspired by Monet's famous lily pond. Garden events are also scheduled from time to time.
Next to Keio-tamagawa Station
Keio Mogusaen Park
A Japanese garden with nostalgic Japanese scenery and vegetation of the four seasons.
The grove of 500 plum trees blooming between February and March is famous for its gorgeous plum blossoms.
Open: 9:00 AM to 5:00 PM (close at 4:30 PM on November and December), with charge
Closed: Wednesday (Thursday if Wednesday is holiday), opened every day during events
10 minutes from Mogusaen Station on foot or 10 minutes from Seiseki-sakuragaoka Station or Takahatafudo Station by taxi