We’re back in Tokyo, and this is the reason why it’s a good idea to come in this season: autumn leaves! It’s not quite at the level of the cherry bloom, but the run to parks and gardens (armed with heavy photographic equipment) is considerable. A great spot that never gets overly crowded is Shinjuku Gyoen, which sports a great number of stunning Japanese maple and Gingko trees in a beautifully landscaped Japanese garden.The reason for this is not the lack of visitors but the spaciousness of the garden. One can spend hours strolling without getting bored. Of course it’s by far not the only good spot, an extensive list can be found here. Since my first autumn here in Tokyo, I’ve been in love with the Japanese maple tree with its delicate leaves in ever-changing colors (see also here and here). No other tree can quite compare, although also the lavish cascades of gold of the Gingko is impressive. But the best about autumn in Tokyo is that it is happening at a time when back in Europe everything is dull and grey and the trees have been bare for weeks already.