- 3 Chome-33-12 Ogikubo, Suginami, Tokyo
- Distance from Station:
- 8 minutes from JR/Tokyo Metro Ogikubo Station
- 9:00am - Dusk
Fall Foliage Illumination: 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. It was also Otaguro that first established the roots of classical music in Ogikubo; classical music cafes like Mignon and the the classical music festival followed.
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 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.
This year’s fall foliage illumination is ran until December 2nd (Sunday), but you can still see the brilliant colors among the Japanese garden for a little while longer. You’ll forget you’re in Tokyo!
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 2018]