- 3 Chome-33-12 Ogikubo, Suginami, Tokyo
- Distance from Station:
- 8 minutes from JR/Tokyo Metro Ogikubo Station
- Weekdays 9:00am - 8:00pm (last entry 7:45pm), Weekends 9:00am - 9:00pm (last entry 8:30pm)
The Beautiful Colors of Koi Fish and Fall Foliage, and a Historical Piano
Just a 9 minute walk from the south exit of Ogikubo Station on the Chuo Line is Otaguro Park, famous as a seasonal Japanese-style garden. It was built on the site that was at one time the residence of Moto Otaguro, the famous music critic who first introduced the likes of Debussy and Stravinsky to Japan. He was a musician himself, and his favorite piano remains housed in the commemorative building there.
The park is such a beautiful place it can compete with any garden in the center of Tokyo. Also, from late November to early December for about one week, the beautiful fall foliage is lit up! It is one of the best spots to view the colored leaves west of the Yamanote Line. The light-up usually takes place for about a week and a half from the end of November to early December. Be careful not to go too late, as the park doesn’t allow entry after 7:45pm on weekdays or 8:30pm on the weekend.
The light-up is usually going on for 10 days from the end of November into early December.
This year’s fall foliage illumination will take place from Friday, November 24th through Sunday, December 3rd, 2017.
If you aren’t in town during the light-up, you’ll still be able to witness the brilliant colors of the koi fish swimming in the pond anytime. There are also some beautiful cherry blossoms in spring.
[updated December 2017]