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Autumn Colors 2015, Otaguro Park


Otaguro park is located Suginami-Ku, Tokyo, Japan.
Suginami-Ku is residential area.
After about 10 minutes walk, suddenly beautiful nature park appears in quiet residential area.  During autumn color season, light up is held here after sunset.

Here is entrance gate.

Otaguro Park, Suginami-Ku, Tokyo, Japan
Otaguro Park, Suginami-Ku, Tokyo, Japan

Use of tripod or easel is strictly prohibited.

Otaguro Park, Suginami-Ku, Tokyo, Japan
Otaguro Park, Suginami-Ku, Tokyo, Japan

Long ginkgo’s approach.

Otaguro Park, Suginami-Ku, Tokyo, Japan
Otaguro Park, Suginami-Ku, Tokyo, Japan

Stepping stone.

Otaguro Park, Suginami-Ku, Tokyo, Japan
Otaguro Park, Suginami-Ku, Tokyo, Japan

There was also small gate. But visitor walk through side of gate.

Otaguro Park, Suginami-Ku, Tokyo, Japan
Otaguro Park, Suginami-Ku, Tokyo, Japan

Beautiful leaves were covering gate.

Otaguro Park, Suginami-Ku, Tokyo, Japan
Otaguro Park, Suginami-Ku, Tokyo, Japan

There were full of nature! I could not believe here was Tokyo!

Otaguro Park, Suginami-Ku, Tokyo, Japan
Otaguro Park, Suginami-Ku, Tokyo, Japan

There was also small stream. This day was December 1st. But autumn colors was still beautiful.

Otaguro Park, Suginami-Ku, Tokyo, Japan
Otaguro Park, Suginami-Ku, Tokyo, Japan

Stream and small bridge.

Otaguro Park, Suginami-Ku, Tokyo, Japan
Otaguro Park, Suginami-Ku, Tokyo, Japan

Clear reflection.

Otaguro Park, Sugunami-Ku, Tokyo, Japan
Otaguro Park, Suginami-Ku, Tokyo, Japan

Stream is surrounding park.

Otaguro Park, Sugunami-Ku, Tokyo, Japan
Otaguro Park, Suginami-Ku, Tokyo, Japan

And here is pond and pavilion.

Otaguro Park, Sugunami-Ku, Tokyo, Japan
Otaguro Park, Suginami-Ku, Tokyo, Japan

Here is circular tour style Japanese garden.

Originally here was Mr.Motoo Otaguro’s house.
He is Japanese musical critic. He introduced Claude Debussy and Igor Stravinsky to Japan.
And he was given many prizes.
He died in 1979.
Later his bereaved family donated here to Suginami-Ku,and opened as park in 1981.
That’s why We can enjoy this beautiful nature.

Now here is also paradise for birds.

Otaguro Park, Sugunami-Ku, Tokyo, Japan
Otaguro Park, Suginami-Ku, Tokyo, Japan

Sidewalk is well prepared.

Otaguro Park, Sugunami-Ku, Tokyo, Japan
Otaguro Park, Suginami-Ku, Tokyo, Japan

Park staffs were always cleaning. Thanks to them, park is clean.

Otaguro Park, Sugunami-Ku, Tokyo, Japan
Otaguro Park, Suginami-Ku, Tokyo, Japan

Camellia and bamboo. I felt Japanese atmosphere.

Otaguro Park, Sugunami-Ku, Tokyo, Japan
Otaguro Park, Suginami-Ku, Tokyo, Japan

Here is memorial hall. Here is exhibited Mr.Motoo Otaguro’s piano or phonograph. This architecture was constructed in 1933. Former atelier of Mr.Motoo Otaguro. Western style architecture was rare in that time.

 

Otaguro Park, Sugunami-Ku, Tokyo, Japan
Otaguro Park, Suginami-Ku, Tokyo, Japan

Pond again. Carp and autumn color.

Otaguro Park, Sugunami-Ku, Tokyo, Japan
Otaguro Park, Suginami-Ku, Tokyo, Japan

Here was well colored.

Otaguro Park, Sugunami-Ku, Tokyo, Japan
Otaguro Park, Suginami-Ku, Tokyo, Japan

Contrast of autumn color’s red and moss’s green.

Otaguro Park, Sugunami-Ku, Tokyo, Japan
Otaguro Park, Suginami-Ku, Tokyo, Japan

Tea room is located opposite side of the pond. To use tea room, reservation is needed. Here is only to use Tea ceremony,Ikebana,Japanese calligraphy. But rest space is next to tea room. So visitor can take a rest there or benches in the park.

During light up event, here can enjoy match and Japanese sweets. It’s 500 yen.

Otaguro Park, Sugunami-Ku, Tokyo, Japan
Otaguro Park, Suginami-Ku, Tokyo, Japan

View from tea room. Center is lawn and nice view. Lawn is prohibited to enter. Concert is held 2 days during light up event.

Otaguro Park, Suginami-Ku, Tokyo, Japan
Otaguro Park, Suginami-Ku, Tokyo, Japan

Park is not vast. But there is variety of situation. Good for walk around.

Otaguro Park, Suginami-Ku, Tokyo, Japan
Otaguro Park, Suginami-Ku, Tokyo, Japan

In the evening. After sunset, light up began.  In 2015, light up period was from November 27th to December 6th.

Otaguro Park, Suginami-Ku, Tokyo, Japan
Otaguro Park, Suginami-Ku, Tokyo, Japan

Twilight. Lights  makes autumn colors more stronger.

Otaguro Park, Suginami-Ku, Tokyo, Japan

Otaguro Park, Suginami-Ku, Tokyo, Japan

Here is prohibited to use tripod.
So I searched place to set camera during daytime. I found huge rock and tried long exposure.
Long exposure makes beautiful reflection.

Otaguro Park, Suginami-Ku, Tokyo, Japan
Otaguro Park, Suginami-Ku, Tokyo, Japan

Light is strong. I couldn’t suppress ghost.

Otaguro Park, Suginami-Ku, Tokyo, Japan
Otaguro Park, Suginami-Ku, Tokyo, Japan
Otaguro Park, Suginami-Ku, Tokyo, Japan
Otaguro Park, Suginami-Ku, Tokyo, Japan

View from pavilion.

Otaguro Park, Suginami-Ku, Tokyo, Japan
Otaguro Park, Suginami-Ku, Tokyo, Japan

View of river.

Otaguro Park, Suginami-Ku, Tokyo, Japan
Otaguro Park, Suginami-Ku, Tokyo, Japan

And these are hand holding photos. They are noisy and not sharp. But these place were really beautiful!

Otaguro Park, Suginami-Ku, Tokyo, Japan
Otaguro Park, Suginami-Ku, Tokyo, Japan
Otaguro Park, Suginami-Ku, Tokyo, Japan
Otaguro Park, Suginami-Ku, Tokyo, Japan
Otaguro Park, Suginami-Ku, Tokyo, Japan
Otaguro Park, Suginami-Ku, Tokyo, Japan

Beautiful silhouette.

Otaguro Park, Suginami-Ku, Tokyo, Japan
Otaguro Park, Suginami-Ku, Tokyo, Japan

From tea room.

Otaguro Park, Suginami-Ku, Tokyo, Japan
Otaguro Park, Suginami-Ku, Tokyo, Japan

At night, sidewalk is so dark. Please watch your step.

Otaguro Park, Suginami-Ku, Tokyo, Japan
Otaguro Park, Suginami-Ku, Tokyo, Japan

I found another place to take long exposure photo. Here is river. Reflection was like patchwork!

Otaguro Park, Suginami-Ku, Tokyo, Japan
Otaguro Park, Suginami-Ku, Tokyo, Japan

Entrance gate at night.

Otaguro Park, Suginami-Ku, Tokyo, Japan
Otaguro Park, Suginami-Ku, Tokyo, Japan

Many visitor came after work.

Otaguro Park, Suginami-Ku, Tokyo, Japan
Otaguro Park, Suginami-Ku, Tokyo, Japan

Here is near and not needed special gears. And I think here is not famous than other famous autumn color light up places for example Rikugien. So visitors are fewer. In addition, here is free. I think must place to visit in autumn! Here is located in the residential area. So  please keep quiet. And please do not enter outside of sidewalk.

Information
Nearest Station : Ogikubo Station / JR Chuo Line,Tokyo Metro Marunouchi Line *about 10 minutes walk from South entrance.
Entrance Fee : Free
Open : 9:00AM-5:00PM
During light up event : Weekday 9:00AM-8:00PM(Final entry 7:45PM) Weekend 9:00AM-9:00PM(Final entry 8:30PM)
Holidays:December 29th to January 1st

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