December 25, 2016

Palaceside Building and Ote-bori Moat

Palaceside Building and clouds reflect in Ote moat.



View from a small park named "Ote-bori green park", looking toward Hirakawa bridge.
Ote-bori Moat is an inner moat of former Edo castle.
Palaceside building is an office building directly linked with Takebashi subway station.

When I visited there, the still water in the moat reflect the building clearly.

Shooting date : December 3, 2016

December 13, 2016

Nyutoku-mon Gate with Autumn leaves

black wooden gate with gable roof. trees with autumn leaves in the background.

black wooden gate with gable roof. trees with autumn leaves in the background.


Nyutoku-mon Gate is the only wooden architecture in Yushima-Seido that is a Confucian temple located in Yushima district, Bunkyo ward.
This gate was built 1704 and still remains.
In late Autumn trees by the gate have colorful leaves.

Shooting date : December 3, 2016

December 10, 2016

Ginkgo Trees in front of the Meiji Seimei Kan

Meiji Seimei kan and ginkgo trees with yellow leaves


"Meiji Seimei Kan"(Meiji life insurance  building) is a building located in Marunouchi.
It was built in 1934 and designated as a national important cultural property in 1997.

Shooting date : December 3, 2016

Hibiya Moat In late Autumn

Hibiya moat and Marunouchi business area skyline. ginkgo trees along the moat have yellow leaves.


View from Harumi-dori Street looking toward Hibiya-dori Street.
Hibiya moat is an inner moat of former Edo castle.
I like those reflections on the water of the moat.

Shooting date : December 3, 2016

December 7, 2016

Ninomaru Garden in Late Autumn





Ninomaru garden is a Japanese style garden located in the East Gardens of the Imperial Palas.
The garden is rich in nature, you can find beauty in each season in the garden.

Shooting date : December 3, 2016

The Suwa Tea-Pavilion with Autumn Leaves

an old Japanese style architecture, Japanese maple trees with red and yellow leaves.

an old Japanese style architecture, a Japanese maple tree with yellow leaves, a naked Ume tree


The Suwa tea-pavilion is an attractive architecture at a garden named "Ninomaru garden" in the East Gardens of the Imperial Palace.

Shooting date : December 3, 2016

December 6, 2016

Doshin-bansho Guardhouse at the East Gardens of the Imperial Palace

a wooden guardhouse with tiled roof. red leaves of Japanese maple

a tiled roof and red leaves of Japanese maple.


A guardhouse named "Doshin-bansho".
That guardhouse is one of the remaining three guardhouses of Edo castle.
It was on a first checkpoint for the feudal lords who entered the castle from the main gate.

Shooting date : December 3, 2016

Stone Wall and Autumn Leaves

yellow leaves of ginkgo and red leaves of Japanese maple. a stone wall lie by the trees.


There are many remains of Edo castle in the East Gardens of the Imperial Palace.

Shooting date : December 3, 2016

December 4, 2016

Autumn Leaves in the East Gardens of the Imperial Palace




The East Gardens of the Imperial Palace are located on the eastern part of the Imperial palace grounds, and open to the public.

Shooting date : December 3, 2016

November 30, 2016

Hercules the Archer at the National Museum of Western Art

a bronze sculpture at the garden of the museum. trees with autumn leaves.

a bronze sculpture at the garden of the museum. cloudy sky.


"Hercules the Archer" by  Antoine Bourdelle, cast number 8.
This bronze sculpture is exhibited at the front garden of the National Museum of Western Art, Ueno park.

Shooting date : November 20, 2016

November 28, 2016

Vibrant Autumn Colors at Kumogata Pond

red leaves of Japanese maple and yellow leaves of ginkgo reflect on the water of the pond.

red leaves of Japanese maple and yellow leaves of ginkgo by a pond. tall buildings in back ground.

a crane fountain and a ginkgo tree with yellow leaves reflect on the water of the pond


A pond named "Kumogata pond" which has a crane fountain.
This pond is located at Hibiya park.
In late autumn, those Japanese maple and ginkgo trees decorate the pond with vivid colors.

Shooting date : November 25, 2016


November 27, 2016

Yellow Leaves along Gyoko-dori Street

ginkgo trees along a street. those ginkgo trees have bright yellow leaves.  dead leaves are on the ground.

ginkgo trees along a wide street. those ginkgo trees have bright yellow leaves.  tall buildings both side of the street.


Rows of ginkgo trees along Gyoko-dori street which lies between the Imperial palace plaza and Tokyo station.

Shooting date : November 25, 2016

November 25, 2016

Autumn Leaves around Kiyomizu-kannondo



Kiyomizu-kannondo hall, Ueno park.
Some leaves of that Japanese maple have turned red, and some leaves are still green.






Yellow leaves of weeping cherry.

Shooting date : November 20, 2016




November 24, 2016

Red Leaves and Shinobazu-Bentendo

a cherry tree with red leaves.  a temple hall behind the tree.


Shinobazu-bentendo hall, Ueno park.
This temple hall is located on middle of the Shinobazu pond.
In cherry blossom season, it is very crowded around the hall, but you can take a relaxing walk there in autumn.

Shooting date : November 20, 2016

November 23, 2016

Cherry Tree with Autumn Leaves

cherry trees by Shinobazu pond, Ueno park, Tokyo. those cherry tree have autumn leaves.

a cherry tree by Shinobazu pond, Ueno park, Tokyo. the tree has autumn leaves. small boats are on the pond.


Cherry trees along Shinobazu pond, Ueno park.
Those red leaves will almost have fallen, when leaves of ginkgo trees in the park turn golden yellow.

Shooting date : November 20, 2016

November 22, 2016

Kiku-ningyo(Chrysanthemums Figure) at Yushima Tenjin Shrine

life-size figures which wear clothes made of colorful chrysanthemums. potted chrysanthemums in front of figures.

life-size figures which wear clothes made of colorful chrysanthemums.


This is an exhibit of "Bunkyo Chrysanthemum Festival" at Yushima Tenjin Shrine.
Kiku-ningyo are life-size figures which wear clothes made of colorful chrysanthemums.

Shooting date : November 20, 2016

November 19, 2016

Yushima Tenjin and Chrysanthemums

main hall of yushima tenjin shrine with chrysanthemums

roofed passage at yushima tenjin shrine with chrysanthemums


Yushima Tenjin Shrine is a Shinto shrine located on Yushima district.
The Bunkyo Chrysanthemum Festival, one of the five big flower festival in Bunkyo ward, is held at the shrine annually.


Shooting Date  : November 9, 2016

November 17, 2016

Kuroda Memorial Hall

Kuroda memorial hall, Ueno park, Toky. ginkgo trees stand in front of the hall



This hall is located across a road from Tokyo National Museum, Ueno park.
Many works of Kuroda Seiki are exhibited in the hall.
Kuroda Seiki(1866-1924) is known as "father of modern western-stayl painting in Japan".
The hall was built in 1928.

Shooting date : November 13, 2016

Kuromon Gate

black woodn gate with a gabled guard house on both sides

black wooden gate. autumn leaves behind the gate.


Kuromon literally means "black gate".
This gate is an outdoor exhibition of Tokyo National Museum, Ueno park.
Originally, it was the main gate of the Tottori domain lord Ikeda family's residence in Edo city, and It was located on Marunouchi Daimyo-koji (present-time Marunouchi 3).

Shooting date : November 13, 2016

November 15, 2016

Gradation of Colors in Autumn Leaves

trees at Ueno park on Nov, 13, 2016. people view autumn leaves.

trees at Ueno park on Nov, 13, 2016. people walk under autumn leaves.


When I visited Ueno park two days ago, those leaves were changing color.

Shooting date : November 13, 2016

November 10, 2016

Shin-Tokyo-Maru

small ship cruise on mouth of Sumida-river. buildings on Kachidoki in background

small ship cruise on mouth of Sumida-river.  white cloud in the sky.


The Shin-Tokyo-Maru is a inspection ship operated by Tokyo metropolitan government Bureau of Port and Harbor.
You can take a mini cruise on the ship.


Shooting date : October 27, 2016

November 8, 2016

November 7, 2016

Landing Place for Shogun at Hamarikyu Gardens

edge of Hamarikyu-gardens, and Sumida-river. skyline of Kachidoki-district in background.

edge of Hamarikyu-gardens, and Sumida-river. cloud in the sky.


Hamarikyu Gardens is located at the mouth of the Sumida river.
The garden was a family garden of Tokugawa Shogun.
A landing place for Shogun visiting the garden by boat still remains.

Shooting date : October 27, 2016

November 6, 2016

Sluice Gate at Hamarikyu Gardens

sluice gate at Hamarikyu gardens, cloudy sky

sluice gate with pine trees at Hmarikyu gardens


There is a large seawater pond at Hamarikyu Gardens.
This sluice connects Tokyo bay and the pond.

Please visit the post on this blog, "Incoming Tide Pond at Hamarikyu Gardens".

Shooting date : October 27, 2016

November 5, 2016

Flower Garden at Hamarikyu Gardens

flower field at Hamarikyu gardens


This flower garden is located at the side of the inner moat which I referred on my previous post, "Inner Moat at Hamarikyu Gardens".
North part of Hamarikyu Gardens,including this flower garden, was developed in Meiji era as gardens

You can enjoy flowers in all season at the garden.


Shooting date : October 27, 2016

November 4, 2016

Inner Moat at Hamarikyu Gardens

moat in Hamarikyu Gardens with high risel buildings in background. trees stand by the moat.


In Edo period, this moat  worked as a wharf for boats which brought paddy rice there.
There used to be paddy rice granaries in the east side of this moat.
They used to store rice in the granaries for famine.

Shooting date : October 27, 2016

November 3, 2016

Nakajima Tea House

a tea house on the pond, cloud reflect on the water

a traditional Japanese tea house on the seawater pond


Nakajima tea house is one of the most popular spot in Hamarikyu gardens.
It is located on a small island in the large seawater pond.

Shooting date : October 27, 2016