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Tokyo Day 13: Autumn Colors At Shinjuku Gyoen & Jingu Gaien Icho Namiki

My 2016 Japan travelogue so far:
Osaka Day 1: Ana Crowne Plaza & Sennichimae Doguyasuji
Osaka Day 2: Osaka Station, Kuromon Market & Dotonbori
Nara Day 3: Todai-ji, Cheeky Deer & Fall Foliage
Osaka + Kyoto Day 4: Nishiki Market & Len Kyoto Kawaramachi
Kyoto Day 5: Kiyomizu-dera, Sannen-zaka & Ninen-zaka (Part 1)
Kyoto Day 5: Kōdai-ji (Part 2)
Kyoto Day 6: Autumn At Beautiful Arashiyama & Kyoto Station
Kyoto Day 7: Fushimi Inari Taisha & Yasaka Shrine
Kyoto & Mishima Day 8: Shinkansen & Beautiful Mishima (Part 1)
Fujikawaguchiko Day 8: Kagelow & Kawaguchiko (Part 2)
Fujikawaguchiko & Tokyo Day 9: Mount Fuji Views, Kawaguchiko Natural Living Center & Oishi Park
Tokyo & Urayasu Day 10: Tokyo DisneySea
Tokyo Day 11: Nui. Hostel, Ameyoko & Takeya
Tokyo Day 12: Autumn At University Of Tokyo, Kappabashi Street & Senso-ji

Yesterday (day 12) was all about fall ginkgo, and today (day 13) will all be about fall maple and also ginkgo! 🙂 Seriously, we were really lucky to have all these chances.

Breakfast At Nui @ Tokyo
Start the day with breakfast: Corn bread from 7-11 @ 138 yen.

From Nui, we took the subway to Morishita Station on Oedo line and then to Shinjukusanchome Station on Shinjuku line. From there, we walked to Shinjuku Gyoen 新宿御苑. Shinjuku Gyoen is a very large park/garden. It’s so soooooo beautiful. If you’re a nature lover, I highly recommend this place – no matter the season.

Autumn Prettiness Near Shinjuku Gyoen @ Tokyo
Saw this beauty right before entering the gate. I was charmed, baby. I knew it was gonna be an awesome day. Weather was really nice too.

Shinjuku Gate @ Shinjuku Gyoen, Tokyo
There are four gates in Shinjuku Gyoen. We entered through Shinjuku Gate. But first, you need to buy admission ticket at the counter on the right. Cost 200 yen for adult. We arrived here at 9.40am.

Admission Tickets @ Shinjuku Gyoen, Tokyo
Our Shinjuku Gyoen admission tickets shot with the colorful fall leaves in the background. 😍 So pretty, right?

Maple Trees Viewing @ Shinjuku Gyoen, Tokyo
This was what greeted us upon entering the gate. A sea of red with throng of photographers.

Striking Maple Trees @ Shinjuku Gyoen, Tokyo
Striking maples 🍁🍁🍁

Fiery Maple Trees @ Shinjuku Gyoen, Tokyo
So much red ❤️

Looking Up At Maple Trees @ Shinjuku Gyoen, Tokyo
Don’t forget to look up too, ya!

Maple Trees Viewing @ Shinjuku Gyoen, Tokyo

Maple Trees Viewing @ Shinjuku Gyoen, Tokyo
Lost in their own world!

Maple Trees Love @ Shinjuku Gyoen, Tokyo
Great morning lightings.

Beautiful Almost Bare Trees @ Shinjuku Gyoen, Tokyo
Almost bare trees. Stunning nevertheless.

Enjoying Strawberries @ Shinjuku Gyoen, Tokyo
Ate strawberries at the rest area. We bought it two days back at Takeya.

London Plane @ Shinjuku Gyoen, Tokyo
Very near the rest area, I chanced upon these dried leaves that look like a bigger version of maple leaf.

London Plane @ Shinjuku Gyoen, Tokyo
The leaves belong to the trees called London Plane and they are humongous and so pretty.

London Plane @ Shinjuku Gyoen, Tokyo
Looking up at London Plane. 😍

The Many Colors Of Maple Leaves @ Shinjuku Gyoen, Tokyo
The many colors of maple leaves.🍃🍂🍁

Natureporn @ Shinjuku Gyoen, Tokyo
Came upon another beauty.

Amazing Tree @ Shinjuku Gyoen, Tokyo
Wow baby, just wow!

Autumn @ Shinjuku Gyoen, Tokyo
At the Japanese traditional garden area.

Japanese Traditional Garden @ Shinjuku Gyoen, Tokyo
Japanese traditional garden. Notice the hoards of people there?

Susuki @ Shinjuku Gyoen, Tokyo
Susuki すすき (silvergrass) and Japanese bridge.

All Attention At These Maple Trees @ Shinjuku Gyoen, Tokyo
All attention at those maple trees.

All Attention At These Maple Trees @ Shinjuku Gyoen, Tokyo
Some of them were using really kick-a$$ camera. I didn’t feel left out as I think my camera is good enough. 😛

Maple Fever @ Shinjuku Gyoen, Tokyo
So pretty! Are you tired of the word pretty yet? And yes, I was holding a dried maple leaf.

Maple Leaves & NTT DoCoMo Yoyogi Building @ Shinjuku Gyoen, Tokyo
From those attention-seeker trees with NTT DoCoMo Yoyogi building in the background.

Maple Fever @ Shinjuku Gyoen, Tokyo
Check out their guns!

Fiery Red Maple Leaves @ Shinjuku Gyoen, Tokyo
Still from the same trees. 🍁🍁🍁

Maple Beauties @ Shinjuku Gyoen, Tokyo
Finally, we moved to another place but still with lots of maples around.

Matcha Crepe Ice-Cream @ Shinjuku Gyoen, Tokyo
Bought this matcha crepe ice-cream at the Central Rest Area.

Cherry Blossom In Autumn @ Shinjuku Gyoen, Tokyo
Cherry blossom in autumn? Oh yeah, why not?

Beautiful Beyond Words @ Shinjuku Gyoen, Tokyo
This is the English landscape garden. The trees on the top left photo were REALLY TALL!!! Btw, I did a crazy thing, by lying on the grass, flapping my arms and legs (to make invisible snow angel) because I didn’t have time to sit down on these grasses and enjoy a picnic. Haha

Gorgeous Silhouette Of Late Morning @ Shinjuku Gyoen, Tokyo
Gorgeous tree silhouettes, thanks to the late morning sun.

Flora Variations @ Shinjuku Gyoen, Tokyo
We saw more cherry blossom near the management office. The citrus tree (a type of lemon) is located near the Old Imperial rest house if I’m not mistaken. The bottom photos, well they are gorgeous and unique especially the one on the right.

Pink Flowers & Ginkgo Madness @ Shinjuku Gyoen, Tokyo
While the rest of the gang went to check out the greenhouse (I actually went inside but quickly head back out as I prefer the real nature), I decided to stay back and rest at the flower bed area where there are couple of giant ginkgo trees, all shedding leaves, which made the ground yellow in color!

Heaven On Earth @ Shinjuku Gyoen, Tokyo
Another pretty ginkgo garnering attention.

Photography Madness Near Toilet @ Shinjuku Gyoen, Tokyo
At the Okido rest area for toilet break. Yup, that structure on the left is toilet. Then we have photographers scrambling for the perfect shot at that maple tree beside it.

Photography Madness Near Toilet @ Shinjuku Gyoen, Tokyo
Sure, we joined the crowd too. Haha

French Formal Garden @ Shinjuku Gyoen, Tokyo


We then arrived at the French formal garden.

French Formal Garden @ Shinjuku Gyoen, Tokyo
God, so pretty!

French Formal Garden @ Shinjuku Gyoen, Tokyo
I love straight lined trees.

English Landscape Garden @ Shinjuku Gyoen, Tokyo
Another view of the English landscape garden seen from French formal garden. They are just beside each other.

Roses At French Formal Garden @ Shinjuku Gyoen, Tokyo
Roses of many kinds at the French formal garden.

Rainbow Nature @ Shinjuku Gyoen, Tokyo
On our way to Sendagaya gate, we chanced upon another rainbow nature. This was at Lower Pond, I believe.

Sendagaya Gate @ Shinjuku Gyoen, Tokyo
We exited at Sendagaya Gate. As much as I wanted to stay longer at Shinjuku Gyoen, I knew it was time to leave. Good bye to this VERY beautiful park/garden. We spent a whopping 4 hours here!!! It’s money well spent and totally worth my time. I can’t wait to come back here again.

The reason we came out from Sendagaya Gate was because we have another fall foliage viewing at a location nearby. Well, I thought it was nearby. There were plenty of walking and getting lost a bit.

Somewhere Between Tokyo Metropolitan Gymnasium & Tsuda College @ Tokyo
Ginkgo trees somewhere between Tokyo Metropolitan Gymnasium and Tsuda College (right).

Subway For Lunch Near Tsuda College @ Tokyo
Stopped by Subway for our lunch at 2.10pm. We had Clubhouse sandwich (490 yen) and Turkey breast sandwich (450 yen). Yum yum.

After that we got lost a bit because we’re not sure how to cut through Jingu Stadium. I asked the security guard at the stadium how to go to Jingu Gaien Icho Namiki and he told me to go inside and exit at one of the gate.

Jingu Stadium 明治神宮野球場 @ Tokyo
And so, here we are at the vicinity of the famous Jingu Stadium 明治神宮野球場, where baseball games are held. We went for toilet break at one of the building where we saw they have golf range too. Oh, and I saw lots of good-looking wealthy guys. Haha I guess that is where they hang out. LOL

Jingu Gaien Icho Namiki Avenue 神宮外苑いちょう並木 @ Tokyo
Finally we arrived. This is Jingu Gaien Icho Namiki Avenue 神宮外苑いちょう並木. Stunning isn’t it? This road is the main entrance to Meiji Jingu Gaien. As you can see, the ginkgo trees were over their peak. Most have lost their leaves, which you can see on the ground. There was suppose to be fall festival here but it was cancelled.

Jingu Gaien Icho Namiki Avenue 神宮外苑いちょう並木 @ Tokyo
Golden everywhere! There were many people.

Ginkgo Magic At Jingu Gaien Icho Namiki Avenue @ Tokyo
It was a nice afternoon walk. If you ask me, I prefer the atmosphere at University of Tokyo. This was just too hectic and noisy.

Ginkgo Trees At Jingu Gaien Icho Namiki Avenue @ Tokyo
Spiraling up.

In total, we spent only about 15 minutes here. It was all about walking from one end to the other end. Feeling tired, we decided to head back to our hostel, but not before spending some time checking out the views near our hostel.

Tokyo Skytree @ Tokyo
Tokyo Skytree seen near our hostel, Nui in the late afternoon 4.20pm sky.

Sunset At Sumida River @ Tokyo
Sunset at Sumida River. Nui is located quite near this river.

Umayabashi 厩橋 (Bridge) @ Tokyo
At the Umayabashi 厩橋 (bridge) – stunning structure, with Sumida river seen on the right.

Around 5pm, we had dinner at Yayoiken やよい軒 again. Feeling energized after dinner, we then walked to Asakusa and did some shopping at Seria at EKIMISE store and Uniqlo at Matsuya store.

Dropped by a convenience store by the name of まいばすけっと which was operated by Aeon to get our breakfast. Also stoppd by 7-11 to get a yummy mini cake!

That’s all for day 13. A little more before concluding my Japan trip. It’s going to be a year soon since my trip. Haha

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