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.
Use of tripod or easel is strictly prohibited.
Long ginkgo’s approach.
There was also small gate. But visitor walk through side of gate.
Beautiful leaves were covering gate.
There were full of nature! I could not believe here was Tokyo!
There was also small stream. This day was December 1st. But autumn colors was still beautiful.
Stream and small bridge.
Stream is surrounding park.
And here is pond and pavilion.
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.
Sidewalk is well prepared.
Park staffs were always cleaning. Thanks to them, park is clean.
Camellia and bamboo. I felt Japanese atmosphere.
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.
Pond again. Carp and autumn color.
Here was well colored.
Contrast of autumn color’s red and moss’s green.
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.
View from tea room. Center is lawn and nice view. Lawn is prohibited to enter. Concert is held 2 days during light up event.
Park is not vast. But there is variety of situation. Good for walk around.
In the evening. After sunset, light up began. In 2015, light up period was from November 27th to December 6th.
Twilight. Lights makes autumn colors more stronger.
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.
Light is strong. I couldn’t suppress ghost.
View from pavilion.
View of river.
And these are hand holding photos. They are noisy and not sharp. But these place were really beautiful!
From tea room.
At night, sidewalk is so dark. Please watch your step.
I found another place to take long exposure photo. Here is river. Reflection was like patchwork!
Entrance gate at night.
Many visitor came after work.
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.
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