Recommended for sightseeing in Tokyo in November! Introducing events and scenery unique to this time of year!

If you are going to go sightseeing, you may want to incorporate into your itinerary things that can only be seen or experienced during that time of the year. In this issue, we will introduce the conditions, events, and recommended spots in November in Tokyo for those who are interested in such things.

*The events introduced here are subject to cancellation, so please check the official website before heading out.

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About Tokyo in November


Autumn foliage season in front of Meiji Jingu Gaien

November marks the transition from autumn to winter in Tokyo, and temperatures begin to gradually drop. Average temperatures hover between 10 and 15 degrees Celsius, and while days are still relatively warm, nights can get chilly. Warm clothing is required, especially when the wind blows, as it can feel chilly.


In November, Tokyo hosts a variety of cultural and artistic events. In addition, several illumination events start in November in preparation for Christmas in December.


November in Tokyo is also known as the season of autumn foliage. Many parks and gardens offer beautiful autumn foliage. In the past few years, the weather has been warm even in November, so the timing is right for the autumn foliage to be at its best from about late November to December.


In Tokyo in November, it is recommended to wear light outerwear. While the days are relatively warm, mornings and nights are often chilly, so cardigans, jackets, and other clothing that is easy to take off and put on are useful.

Autumn foliage season has arrived! 3 Autumn Foliage Spots in Tokyo

The illumination of Rikugien Gardens

November is the season when the temperature gradually drops in Tokyo and the leaves begin to change color. In the past few years, November has been warm, so the season for autumn foliage can last from late November to December. In this issue, we will introduce three of the most popular autumn foliage spots in Tokyo.

Meiji Jingu Gaien(明治神宮外苑)

The ginkgo avenue that runs from Aoyama-dori to Meiji Jingu Gaien reaches its peak of yellow leaves from mid-November to early December. The yellow-colored ginkgo trees are popular as a photogenic spot. Many people visit every year during the autumn foliage season.

Mejiro Garden(目白庭園)

The autumn foliage in Mejiro Garden reaches its peak from late November to early December, and visitors can relax and admire the red and orange tints of the trees surrounding the pond. During the season, the garden is also illuminated for a limited time, so you can enjoy the different atmosphere of the autumn leaves day and night.

Rikugien Gardens(六義園)

Rikugien Gardens is a Japanese garden with a long history. Every year from around late November, the 560 maple trees and ginkgo trees in the garden are decorated with brilliant colors. At night, the garden is illuminated for a limited period of time, creating a fantastic view that is different from that of the daytime.

Illumination spots that you should never miss

Illumination in Tokyo

November is the time when illumination events begin to be held in Japan. Various places in Tokyo are decorated with illuminations, allowing visitors to enjoy the glittering nighttime cityscape.

Ebisu Garden Place(恵比寿ガーデンプレイス)

Ebisu Garden Place usually holds an illumination event from mid-November. A large Christmas tree, approximately 10 meters long, is displayed in the Clock Square, attracting visitors. Other spectacular performances are held every year, making it a can’t-miss illumination spot in Tokyo.


The Marunouchi Illumination takes place over a long period of time, from mid-November to mid-February, and has become a winter tradition in Marunouchi. Centered on the main street, Marunouchi Nakadori Avenue, a distance of approximately 1.2 km is decorated with LED bulbs in Marunouchi’s original “champagne gold” color. The event is free of charge and attracts a large crowd every year.


The TOKYO SKYTREE TOWN Illumination is an event held from early November to late December. Various objects and trees decorated in Christmas style attract many people. Various events are also held, making it an event that both children and adults can enjoy.

Enjoy running and cycling in Tokyo in autumn!

Shinagawa Kumin Park

November is a comfortable time to be outside in Tokyo. Temperatures are not so high, making it the perfect time to exercise or take a walk. Why not enjoy running or cycling through the streets colored with autumn leaves?

The Imperial Palace (皇居)

The Imperial Palace is a popular running spot in Tokyo. The outer perimeter of the Imperial Palace is about 5 km around, and there are restaurants and cafes nearby. It is also recommended to rent a bicycle from a nearby bicycle rental shop and enjoy cycling.

Shinagawa Kumin Park(しながわ区民公園)

Shinagawa Kumin Park is a spot where bicycles can be rented inside the park. Adult and children’s bicycles can be rented, and there is a cycling course so that small children can enjoy cycling with ease. The park also has the Shinagawa Aquarium attached to it, making it a spot where families can play all day long.

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