The best time to see autumn leaves in Yokohama is usually from mid-November to early December. Many would think of "Nihon Odori Avenue" whe it comes to autumn foliage in Yokohama, which is close to Yokohama Chinatown and other major tourist spots. But, there are many other recommended places to take a visit too. Here are 8 best places to see fall foliage in Yokohama.
"Sankeien is a Japanese garden located in the Honmoku area, about 15 minutes by car or 30 minutes by bus from Yokohama Chinatown. There are 17 historical buildings in the garden, including not only important cultural properties relocated from Kyoto and Kamakura, but also those designated as tangible cultural properties by Yokohama City.
Sankeien is worth a visit on its own, but especially during the cherry blossoms in the spring and the autumn leaves of ginkgo and maple trees in the fall is highly recommended.
Negishi Forest Park (Negishi Shinrin Koen)
Negishi Forest Park, located about 10 minutes by car or 25 minutes by bus from Yokohama Chinatown, is a park on a vast hill. The park was built on the former site of Japan's first Western-style horse racing track, and the old Negishi Racecourse still remains as a historical building in the park.
At the center of the park is a lawn with a great view, surrounded by a plum grove, a cherry blossom mountain, and a ginkgo forest. In addition to the cherry blossoms and ginkgo trees, you can enjoy the view of the many broad-leafed trees planted in the park turning red and yellow in the fall.
The park is also equipped with playground equipment such as slides, athletic facilities, and Tarzan ropes, making it a great place to visit with children year round.
Kodomo No Kuni (Children's Land)
Have you ever heard of Kodomo no Kuni, which is located about 50 minutes by train from Yokohama Station and Tokyo? Kodomo no Kuni is a nature-rich park located on the border of Yokohama City in Kanagawa Prefecture and Machida City in Tokyo, boasting a vast site area.
It's like an amusement park, a farm, a sports facility, and a camping and BBQ site all condensed into one place, and it's the perfect spot for families to spend a whole day without getting bored.
The best place to view the autumn foliage is "Swan Lake" with its arched bridge. Two types of maple trees planted around the lake turn red during the autumn foliage season, and you can enjoy viewing the leaves from the bridge or on a boat or raft.
Shomyoji Temple is located in Yokohama, near Yokosuka, and was built by Hojo Sanetoki, a warlord in the Kamakura period.
In front of the main hall, there is a Japanese garden called "Jodo-shiki Teien," which represents the world of the Pure Land of Ultimate Bliss, and "Ajigaike," a pond with a vermilion anti-bridge.
During the autumn foliage season, trees such as ginkgo trees that are over 800 years old change color, giving the Jodo garden an even more elegant appearance.
Yamashita Park Avenue
Yamashita Park Avenue is lined with 800 meters of ginkgo trees along Yamashita Park, which is known for its roses. This is one of the most popular spots in Yokohama where you can admire the autumn leaves with the NYK Hikawamaru and the Yokohama Marine Tower, both of which are designated as national important cultural properties. With ginkgo trees planted on both sides of the road, it is also a popular autumn foliage driving course.
The Porin Bridge, which connects the park to the Yokohama Doll's House, which houses dolls from 141 countries, is also a spectacular spot from which to view the rows of ginkgo trees.
Nippon Odori Street
Nippon Odori Street was the first Western-style street in Japan, built in the Meiji era. It was built in the Meiji era (1868-1912) and was the first Western-style street in Japan. The street was designed to avoid crowded buildings, and is now one of the most popular driving courses in Yokohama due to its spaciousness and exotic atmosphere.
Both sides of the street are lined with ginkgo trees designated by the city of Yokohama as important trees for tourism, and it is one of the best places to see autumn leaves in Yokohama, attracting many tourists during the season when the leaves turn golden.
You can check the official Twitter page of the city of Yokohama for the best time to view the autumn foliage, so it is recommended that you check before you go if you are going there to view the leaves.
Kanazawa Nature Park
Kanazawa Nature Park, located near Kamakura in Yokohama, is one of the largest nature parks in Yokohama City, consisting of two areas: the zoo area with a zoo, and the botanical area with playground equipment and BBQ facilities. You can enjoy the beautiful autumn leaves of maple trees and ginkgo trees in the park, including the Nankin Hazes in the zoo area and around the Africa Zone.
If you feel that your usual autumn foliage viewing experience is a bit lacking, or if you want to take your children to see the autumn leaves, why not enjoy it together with the zoo?