A lot of Malaysians love to travel to Japan during the autumn season, as the weather is perfect where it is not too cold or not too hot. One of the reason for this is that Malaysians only have two seasons, which is the rainy season or the general tropical hot and humid season.
But many will ask why Japan? Well, since the dawn of budget airlines, routes to Japan have been really affordable that just abut anyone can visit Japan nowadays, and some are capable to do it twice a year too.
Japan is probably on the top of the list for every Malaysian traveler from all walks of life here. The influence of Japan in Malaysia has been a lengthy one dating back to over 30 years. Influences include popular cartoons, anime, manga, food, cars and even household brands.
This has created enough awareness for the Malaysians, and therefore to make that pilgrimage to Japan or also known as the Land of the Rising Sun. Trust me, as I write this, I reminiscent back to the year 1990 when I first visited Tokyo in Japan, and it opened my eyes back then.
With the number of Malaysians visiting Japan nowadays, it has become a norm to many, and no more a novelty. But nowadays, social media has commanded a very demanding challenge for anyone traveling, and even to Japan, visitors want to capture the best photos and moments during their trip.
This article was created with the objective of getting the best photos during your visit to Japan, and it highlights the best places in Japan for the autumn season. After all, the colors of the foliage are highly sourced by many travelers, namely the Malaysians and Southeast Asians.
Best Places In Tokyo To Visit For Autumn
While Japan is huge, and divided into four main islands, this article will highlight the easiest places to access by flights and trains. For Malaysians, direct flights land in either Tokyo or Osaka. From these Japanese cities, you will travel mostly by trains to other cities of places.
You should also know that Malaysians are champions for five or six day trips, and sometimes only four or five days. So they tend to cram all the sights in whatever time they can. This usually results in visiting the highly popular destinations in the cities.
However, for those travelers who are traveling in October or November, the list of places to see the best autumn experiences are below, and based on cities.
Tokyo is a super huge metropolis and vibrant city, and if you are planning your trip around here, then there are some parks that can offer you a beautiful autumn experience. You just need to do some train travels to get to them.
The majestic gardens at Imperial Palace East in Tokyo.
Imperial Palace East Gardens
Probably the most famous, grand and magnificent gardens in Tokyo, and is also highly visited anytime of the year. Located just near the Tokyo Station, it is easy to access and there are many facilities located around this beautiful park.
Address: 1-1 Chiyoda, Tokyo 100-8111, Japan
Nearest Station: Tokyo Station (All Major Train Lines)
Time To Spend Here: Around 2 to 4 hours
Beautiful striking colors at the Kiyosumi Gardens. Photo by TravellingCam.
A 81,000 square meter park in the Fukugawa District consist of a beautiful lake with three islands. The massive park sits next to the famous Fukugawa Edo Museum and is accessible by the Tokyo Metro Train. There are restaurants, cafes, public facilities, and many other shops in the vicinity. Prepare for some serious walking too.
Address: 3 Chome-3-16 Kiyosumi, Kōtō-ku, Tōkyō-to 135-0024, Japan
Nearest Station: Kiyosumi-shirakawa Station (Hanzomon Line, Oedo Line)
Time To Spend Here: Around 2 to 4 hours
Fascinating colors at the Koishikawa Park. Photo by Haris Bahrudin.
Koishikawa Botanical Garden
This park is a botanical garden tucked away in the Bunkyo area of Tokyo, and is not commercialized. This simply means that the park is peaceful and quiet, and you will find locals that come here for walks and relaxation. If you dislike crowds and want something different, this is the park to visit.
Address: 3 Chome-7-7, Hakusan, Bunkyō-ku, Tōkyō-to 112-0001, Japan
Nearest Station: Myogadani Station (Marunouchi Line, then a short walk to the park)
Time To Spend Here: Around 2 to 4 hours
Magical autumn at Ueno Park in Tokyo. Photo by Best Places Photo.
Another highly popular park that is found in the Ueno district of Tokyo. This park also offers a zoo, reptile house and four of Tokyo’s most popular museums. The Ueno park is popular not only among the travelers, but also with the locals that come here to just hang out. Autumn is a great time to visit this beautiful park.
Address: 5-20 Uenokōen, Taitō-ku, Tōkyō-to 110-0007, Japan
Nearest Station: Ueno Station (Most main train lines)
Time To Spend Here: Anywhere from 2 to 6 hours
Autumn colors at Hamarikyu Gardens in Tokyo. Photo Wikipedia.
Known as the former Imperial Gardens of Tokyo, the Hamarikyu Gardens is one of the less crowded parks to visit during the autumn season. The location of this park is also quite near the famous Tsukiji Market and the Shiodome area.
Address: 1-1 Hamarikyūteien, Chūō-ku, Tōkyō-to 104-0046, Japan
Nearest Station: Shiodome (Odeo Line, Yurikamomi Line)
Time To Spend Here: From 2 to 3 hours
Autumn at the Shinjuku Gyoen Park. Photo by Tris Halim.
Shinjuku Gyoen National Garden
Another beautiful park that comes with traditional Japanese bridges and stunning foliage. Around this park there is a beautiful Koi Pond, A modern greenhouse, historical buildings, ponds and other stand alone gardens. This is one of the popular photography places, namely for the autumn season in Tokyo.
Address: 11 Naitōmachi, Shinjuku-ku, Tōkyō-to 160-0014, Japan
Nearest Station: Sendagaya Station (Chuo Line, Chuo-Soba Line), or Shinjuku Station
Time To Spend Here: From 2 to 4 hours
Stunning colors of autumn at Yoyogi Park. Photo by Kokorography.
Anyone heading to the famous Harajuku, Shinjuku or Shibuya must make a detour to this beautiful massive park. To be honest, any Malaysian visiting Tokyo will 100% be visiting Shibuya, and the Yoyogi park is just one train stop over. During the autumn, thousands of locals will flock here to catch the beautiful colors of the changing leaves.
Address: 2-1 Yoyogikamizonochō, Shibuya-ku, Tōkyō-to 151-0052, Japan
Nearest Station: Harajuku Station (Yamanote Line)
Time To Spend Here: From 2 to 6 hours
Osaka is home to a number of beautiful parks.
Osaka is always known as the Malaysian favourite destination due to the food and shopping experience found here. And also that some budget airlines fly directly into Osaka which makes travel easy for many.
Around Osaka, there are also a number of parks and places where you can enjoy the Japanese Autumn, without having to travel too far. And visitors can put some of these places in their itinerary when visiting Osaka.
Inside the Osaka Expo Commemorative Park. Photo by David Travels.
Expo’70 Commemorative Park
One of the most beautiful parks in all of Japan is this park which was once the main grounds for the world expo that took place here in Osaka in 1970. The park is huge, and requires a lot of walking. Though it is located out of Osaka main city area, a visit here is absolutely beautiful in the autumn. Many people will come here due to the pure nature and often spotting small animals and birds. From Osaka Station, it will take you about one hour by train to get here.
Address: 1-1 Senribanpakukōen, Suita-shi, Ōsaka-fu 565-0826, Japan
Nearest Station: Keon-Higashiguchi Monorail Station (Osaka Monorail)
Time To Spend Here: From 4 to 6 hours
Stunning autumn views at the Osaka Castle Park. Photo by 1zoom Wallpaper.
Osaka Castle Park
One of the most visited places in Osaka is no other than than the Osaka Castle. And surrounding this castle is a massive park that is surrounded by a moat and the Osaka River. The park is usually crowded with tourist from all over, but there are many other places here that are less busy. If you are visiting Osaka, this is one of the places to see the autumn season.
Address: 3-11 Ōsakajō, Chūō-ku, Ōsaka-shi, Ōsaka-fu 540-0002, Japan
Nearest Station: Morinomiya Station (Chuo Line, Osaka Loop Line)
Time To Spend Here: At least 2-4 hours
Looking up the trees at Nagai Park in Osaka
The Nagai park is also shared with the Nagai Botanical Garden and the Osaka Museum of Natural History, making this a one stop tourist experience. It takes about 40 minutes by train from the Osaka Station, and once you are here, you can explore the park by walking. Many come here namely for the botanical gardens as there are a lot of flowers during each season. This park is also very local, so you will not see much tourist here.
Address: 1-1 Nagaikōen, Higashisumiyoshi-ku, Ōsaka-shi, Ōsaka-fu 546-0034, Japan
Nearest Station: Nagai Station (Hanwa Line, Midosuji Line)
Time To Spend Here: From 2-4 hours
An Egret wades through the pond at Keitakkuen Garden. Photo Wikipedia.
This park is in the vicinity of the main Osaka city area and is recommended to visit if you are short of time here. The Keitakuen Gargen also comes with the Osaka Tennoji Zoo, a special rainforest area, a temple and an African Savannah Zone, with live Africn animals. During the autumn, there are various spots to capture the beautiful autumn colors here.
Address: 1-108 Chausuyamachō, Tennōji-ku, Ōsaka-shi, Ōsaka-fu 543-0063, Japan
Nearest Station: Tennoji Station (Most Osaka Lines)
Time To Spend Here: One to two hours
Autumn colors at the Tsurumi Ryokuchi Park in Osaka.
Tsurumi Ryokuchi Park
This is one of the more localized parks that is located about 40 minutes by train from Osaka Station. There is a botanical garden here while the main station is just by the park, making it easy to visit. The overall park area is quite huge and there ware a number of attractions to explore here.
Address: 2-163 Ryokuchikōen, Tsurumi-ku, Ōsaka-shi, Ōsaka-fu 538-0036, Japan
Nearest Station: Turumi Ryokuchi (Nagahoritsurumiryokuchi Line)
Time To Spend Here: At least two to four hours
There are of course many other smaller parks and gardens found all over Tokyo and Osaka, but if you are looking for the popular ones, they are listed above here. Make sure you have a good pair of walking shoes when you visit the parks, and it is always recommended to visit these parks in the mornings when the weather is good.