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Until 8th December, the golden road filled with 146 Ginkgo trees is a must-see!

The biggest part of this festival is the street lined with beautiful ginkgo trees that have changed yellow. The street continues from the entrance of Aoyama Street to the road surrounding the outer garden of the Meiji-jingu Shrine, “Meiji-jingu Gaien.” The scenery of the vividly yellow ginkgo trees, which can be seen from the entrance of Aoyama Street, gives a good contrast with the clear blue sky and “Meiji Memorial Picture Gallery” in the background. This particular sight is especially outstanding. The Ginkgo Avenue in the outer garden of Meiji-jingu has a long history. These trees were first planted in 1923and have been admired by the people for over 90 years.

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You can enjoy a variety of local dishes on site.

You can work up quite an appetite after strolling around the beautiful Ginko Street. The Ginkgo Festival provides more than 50 food booths that serve local delicacies gathered from all over Japan. It is hard to decide what to eat! Eating the local foods from one booth to another is also fun and it will surely make you smile.

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Bring your own picnic blanket and enjoy a bite to eat on the grass

The site has a lawn that is opened to everyone for picnics. You can go there with a big crowd or chill out with a few friends or even relax alone while watching the Ginkgo trees. In addition to this, there’s a booth that offers a free ceramic art experience and shops where you can buy local souvenirs. Don’t miss it!

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■Fee
Entrance free
■Period
15th November, 2014~8th December
■Opening time
10:00~16:30(The last day closes at 14:00)

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Map

1-1 Kasumigaoka-machi Shinjuku-ku, Tokyo

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Wasabi

Wasabi

Writer / Translator

I’m a freelance translator from Tokyo who likes to travel right in the middle of the unpredictables in life. Through the translation of articles I hope to create points of contact between Japan and the rest of the world. As a writer, I want to add information that isn’t in the guide book, from a “wasabi” perspective!

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Address 1-1, Kasumigaoka-machi, Shinjuku-ku, Tokyo
Access The nearest stations are JR Line: Shinanomachi, Sendagaya Tokyo Metro: Gaienmae, Aoyama1chome Toei Oedo Line; Aoyama 1 chome, Kokuritsu kyogijyo