One of Japan’s most striking seasons is autumn, where the maple leaves turn deep red and the ginko leaves shine bright gold. Throughout Tokyo there are many places to view autumn leaves, and one of those places is right in Ota City. Here is a list of a few spots for some of the best Ota City autumn views.
Senzoku-ike Pond Park
Senzoku-ike is a relaxing park and pond area where you can leisurely spend the whole day, particularly during the autumn season. The pond is home several species of migratory birds, while in the park there is a shrine, and a playground area. There are many activities to enjoy and the most popular would be renting the swan boats or row boats to ride out in the pond to admire the beautiful colors of the autumn leaves.
The area of Den-en-Chofu is designed as a garden suburb and is also renowned as one of Tokyo’s more affluent neighborhoods. If you are looking for a quiet townscape to view autumn leaves without the crowds, then head to this western Tokyo oasis. Just outside of the west exit of Den-en-chofu station lining the streets are brightly yellow colored ginkgo trees that will make for a golden afternoon stroll. While in the area save some time to also visit some of the areas cafes and boutique shops or to admire the architecture of the many stylish homes.
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Ikegami Honmonji Temple
One of Tokyo’s oldest temples, Ikegami Honmonji Temple is worth a visit at any time of the year, however, in autumn surrounded by the colored leaves it is even more spectacular. It also happens to be the season when the temple holds its annual Oeshiki festival. The festival takes place October 11th – 13th and is held to commemorate the anniversary of the death of the temple’s founder, St. Nichiren. The highlight of the festival is the procession of the ‘mando’ a five meter high lantern built in the form of a five-story pagoda that is carried along a two-kilometer route from Ikegami Station to the temple.
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While you may not find any autumn leaves here you can see many of the season’s fresh fruits, vegetables, fish, and even flower markets from the visitors’ passage. The Ota Market or ‘Ota Shijo’ in Japanese, is one of Tokyo’s largest wholesale markets, and one of Japan’s largest flower markets.
There are early morning auctions held as well starting from around 7:00 AM which visitors can view from an observatory room that overlooks the warehouse floor. The market is open pretty much everyday except for Sundays and national holidays and occasional temporary closures (Please check the Metropolitan Central Wholesale Market Website for temporary closures).