Let’s get away from Tokyo! -The best spots to see golden ginkgo trees in eastern Japan-

Autumn in Japan is really beautiful with colorful leaves.
Green ginkgo leaves turn into bright-colored trees like fine painting.Red maple leaves are gorgeous and they catch eyes of passengers, but you can’t miss the dramatic rows of ginkgo trees as well.
Aside from MEIJI JINGU GAIEN ginkgo avenue in Tokyo, which is the most iconic spot in the country to see ginkgo trees with brilliant yellow leaves, there are many other spots in eastern Japan to admire the beauty of glorious ginkgo leaves.
Here are some examples. You can easily visit any of these places below without your own car!

Atago kamisugi dori Avenue (Sendai city, Miyagi prefecture)

5-minute walk from the JR Sendai Station, and you’ll find many ginkgo trees standing along the street with golden leaves.
The avenue is 2 kilometers long, stretching from Hirose Avenue to Kamisugiyama Junior High School. The most recommended route is the one from Catholic Mototerakoji Church to the Kotodai Park.
During autumn you can enjoy golden leaves walking along the street.

Peak season: from late October to mid-November
Access: 5-minute walk from JR Sendai Station
Photo from Photo AC

Yamagata Prefectural General Sports Park (Tendo city, Yamagata prefecture)

In Yamagata Prefectural General Sports Park, which is located in Tendo city in Yamagata, 250 meters of ginkgo tree-lined street stretches through the park.
The contrast between clear sky and golden yellow leaves is really wonderful especially in the morning and evening.
In the park, you can also find maple trees and tulip trees with the colorful leaves.

Peak season: from late October to early November
Opening hour: 6:00-21:00
Access: 14-minute walk from JR Tendō minami Station (JR Ou Main Line)
Photo from Photo AC

Azuma Sports Park (Fukushima city, Fukushima prefecture)

Total number of 116 Ginkgo trees are growing on both side of the main street for a length of 520 meters .You can also admire its wondrous beauty in the night as trees are lit up during the peak season.

Peak season: from late October to early November
Opening hour: Closed on Tuesday and New Year’s holiday (Dec 29~Jan 3)
(or in the case that a public holiday falls on a Tuesday, the park will be closed on the following weekday)
Access: Take a bus (Weekdays: to Sawara/Weekens and holidays: to Sawara, Shikinosato, the bus is operated by Fukushima Transportation, Inc.)
from JR Fukushima Station to ‘‘Azuma Athletic Stadium’’ and 5-minute walk from the bus stop.

Nihon-Odori Avenue and Yamashita Koen-dori Avenue (Yokohama city, Kanagawa prefecture)

Walking from Yokohama Park to the harbor, you will bump into Nihon-Odori Avenue and traditional buildings alongside. The harmony of the yellow gingko trees tunnel and the buildings creates a nice atmosphere.
A row of ginkgo trees along the Yamashita Koen-dori Avenue is recommended place to stop by.

©Yokohama Visitors Guide

Peak season: from late November to early December
Access: 6-minute walk away from the South Exit of JR Kannnai Station (JR Keihin-Tohoku Line) via Yokohama Park

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Aomori prefecture has the biggest ginkgo tree in Japan

The biggest ginkgo tree in Kitakanegasawa ‘Big YELLOW’

‘Big YELLOW’ locates at Fukaura city, Aomori prefecture. The tree is over 1,000 years old! It has been living so long that its height is 31meters and trunk circumference is 22 meters.

In November, trees are lit up in the evening to become elegant golden trees.

Peak season: from late October to early November
Access: 10-minute walk away from JR Kitakanegasawa Station

To the nearest JR stations of all spots above are accessible with *JR EAST PASS.
*Fare of the bus from JR Fukushima Station to Azuma Sports Park has to be paid. This part is not covered by the pass.
Click here to learn more about JR EAST PASS.

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