Fall foliage illumination: ¥300 entry (¥100 for children up to age 15)
- 3 Chome-33-12 Ogikubo, Suginami, Tokyo
- Distance from Station:
- 8 minutes from JR/Tokyo Metro Ogikubo Station
- Daily 9:00am - Dusk
Fall Foliage Illumination: Weekdays Dusk - 8:00pm (last entry 7:45pm), Weekends Dusk - 9:00pm (last entry 8:30pm)
- http://www.hakone-ueki.com/sub/ (external link)
The Beautiful Colors of Koi Fish and Fall Foliage, and a Historical Piano
[updated November 2023]
Just a 10-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’o Otaguro, the famous music critic who first introduced the likes of Debussy and Stravinsky to Japan. Otaguro was a musician himself, and his favorite piano remains housed in the commemorative building there. It was also Otaguro that first established the roots of classical music in Ogikubo; classical music cafes like Mignon and the Ogikubo Ongakusai classical music festival followed.
The park is such a beautiful place it can compete with any garden in the center of Tokyo. Also, in the fall season the beautiful fall foliage is lit up! It is one of the best spots to view the colored leaves west of Shinjuku Station and the Yamanote Line. The light-up usually takes place for about a week from the end of November into 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 during the event. Also note unlike in the past, there is now a 300 yen entry charge for adults (100 yen for children Elementary and Middle/Junior High School age).
If you aren’t in town during the illumination, 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.
Photographer: TFF staff
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