Danielle Demetriou explains why October to early December is prime time for Tokyo
The art of appreciating the fiery beauty of autumn leaves (known as koyo) is as revered in the Japanese calendar as springtime sakura. Mount Takao, just outside Tokyo, is a good spot to visit during a day trip from the capital, with an easy ascent during which you can enjoy epic views of colorful autumn forests.
Flavors of the fall
Among the hallmarks of Japanese cuisine is the use of seasonal ingredients, and autumn brings all kinds of delights, including sweet chestnuts, orange persimmons, aromatic mushrooms and seafood. Notably, Pacific saury sanma is often on the menu at this time of year in both small izakaya restaurants and high-end establishments.
The Tokyo Motor Show is held every two years in late October, and explores all things car-related. There’s also Japan Fashion Week, and Tokyo Design Week, the country’s biggest design event that draws over 100,000 visitors from around the world every year, including novice designers and industry legends.
Not too chilly to chill out
Weather-wise, autumn is the most comfortable season of the year in Japan. In Tokyo, particularly, after the summer humidity lifts and before the winter chill sets in, there are often warm, blue-sky days perfect for long walks in Ueno Park, where close to 9,000 trees showcase the season’s most striking colors.
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This article originally appeared in the November 2016 issue of Smile magazine.