MOMIDZI: TOP 10 AUTUMN SITES IN YOKOHAME
Autumn is a wonderful way to visit Japan, because this country is known for the best autumn landscapes in the world. In addition, all four seasons here are very different from each other. Therefore, the arrival of the autumn season is marked by red and gold colors, a beautiful sky and pleasant coolness, which makes the weather very comfortable.
In this article, we will look at ten places to admire autumn leaves in Yokohama, a port city that is only half an hour from Tokyo. If you are interested in hunting for momiji in Yokohama, you should come between the end of November and the middle of December.
1. PARK SANKEYAN
Sunkeyen is a huge, traditional-style park of over 175,000 m². With the onset of autumn, the gingko trees growing here begin to change color, their crowns turn bright yellow and, interestingly, do not blush until the beginning of leaf fall. The area around the Choshukuku tea house, built especially for admiring autumn leaves, is painted in a deep, glowing red maple leaves. All this creates a world in which you can enjoy the red and gold hues of the well-kept Sunkeyen Park in peace and quiet.
2. PARK YAMASITA
The famous Yokohama seaside park called Yamashita annually attracts thousands of visitors. You will find many interesting landscapes both in and around the park. The street to which it is located is a lively avenue surrounded by the city’s most popular attractions, including the Yokohama Marine Tower and Chinatown. With the onset of the autumn season, a walk through the Yamashita park becomes an incomparable pleasure, because its trails are covered with a fluffy carpet of golden ginkgo leaves. We highly recommend Porin Bridge, stretching from Yamashita Park to the Yokohama Doll Museum, and the area around the New Grand Hotel – there you can make great memorable photos.
3. STREET NIHON-ODORI
Nihon Odori Street, designed by British architect R. Branton and built around 1870, is the first Japanese street in the European style. Magnificent historic buildings lined the road: for example, the Kanagawa Prefectural Government Office or the Historical Archives of Yokohama. And open-air cafes, found on the sidewalk here and there, are suitable for relaxing and admiring the bright yellow crowns of ginkgo trees. The spectacular contrast of stately buildings and colorful autumn leaves make this place ideal for sketching or photography.
4. LESOPARK NEGISI
Negishi Forest Park is a kind of oasis hidden in the center of the city. Known in Japanese as Negishi Sinrin Cohen, it is one of the largest parks in Yokohama with more than 1,800 m². Numerous trees, including maples and ginkgo, surrounded by carefully groomed lawns, make the forest park Negishi a place where, while admiring the autumn landscapes, you will experience maximum enjoyment.
5. IOKOGAMA PARK
Yokohama Park is the second largest and oldest city park after Yamashita Park. With the completion of construction work at the Yokohama Stadium in 1978, Japanese-style gardens were built nearby, as well as ponds, fountains and multi-purpose open spaces. Despite the fact that the park is famous for its spring tulips, in the autumn season it is also very beautiful here. The trees around the canals and ponds of the Japanese garden are painted in bright red and yellow colors, which makes the park a popular place to admire the colors of the season.
6. THEMATIC PARK CODOMO-NO-KUNI
In this park you will find a real farm with animals, and you can also enjoy a barbecue. Other attractions include, among other things, a 110-meter hill, a mini-steam locomotive and an artificial river. From the end of summer, tree crowns throughout the Kodomo-no-kuni park gradually acquire bright autumn colors. At first, the Katsura trees turn yellow, and then at the end of October, yellow ginkgo leaves appear. In November, you will see bright red shades of maple and dark orange – Chinese pistachio tree, and in December – yellow-red sequoias and oaks. As you can see, Yokohama parks are amazingly diverse!
7. PARK MITSUIKE
Mitsuike Park is located about 1.8 km northwest of Tsurumi Station. It is built on three ponds, from which the name “Mitsuike” originated. On the outskirts of the park grows lush and dense forest. With the arrival of autumn, the leaves of the Japanese maple and ginkgo trees begin to change color, and the park becomes a famous place to admire the bright colors of the season. Visitors can also enjoy the charming cosmeyas and other autumn flowers that are planted in flower beds throughout the park.
8. ZOO OF CANADAWA
Providing a habitat for approximately 40 species of rare plant-eating animals, including koalas, giraffes and monkeys, this zoo also provides them with daily care and protection. Every day, the park management invites visitors to feed the animals and other small events. There are also more than 400 trees in the park, including ginkgo and maples.