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My first visit to beautiful Jingu Gaien Ginkgo Avenue

Meiji Jingu Gaien is the garden of Meiji Jingu Shrine.  And Jingu Gaien Ginkgo Avenue is one of the roads that lead to it.  One hundred forty-six beautiful ginkgo trees line it.  In autumn, they turn yellow.  That makes it a popular place for photographers.  

ginkgo-lined Jingu Gaien Ginkgo Avenue

I visited them in 2019 for the first time with my camera.   It was good to cross one more item off my photographic bucket list!  And they were easy to photograph, which was a bonus.

girls sitting on bench on Jingu Gaien Ginkgo Avenue
cars and scooters on Jingu Gaien Ginkgo Avenue

It was a good experience.  There were quite a few people, but the crowd added to the atmosphere.  Some trendy people even wore yellow jackets, which matched the leaves.  It’s easy to understand why it is a popular place in Tokyo during autumn.


Where is Jingu Gaien Ginkgo Avenue?

Jingu Gaien Ginkgo Avenue is easy to find.  It is between the Ginza subway line stations, Gaienmae (exit 4a) and Aoyama-Ichome (exit 1).  Here is a map:

Photography tips for Icho Namiki Avenue

  • In autumn, the area gets very crowded with people and cars, so it pays to be careful.
  • If you want pictures with few or no people in them (which can be hard to get), try going very early in the morning.
  • Photographing these trees under clouds doesn’t do them justice.  They will look much better with a blue sky behind them on a nice day than the shots you see here.
  • For the best photos, shoot along the street to get some sense of depth.  There are T-junctions on either end, so it is easy to do this.
  • Over recent years, the base of the trees has been covered in “keep out” tape.  It looks pretty ugly.  You might want to keep that in mind.
  • And if you need a break, there is a Shake Shack to accommodate your needs. 
ginkgo trees and cars on Jingu Gaien Ginkgo Avenue
people walking under Ginkgo trees

Wrapping up

I’ve been to the Jingu Gaien Ginkgo Avenue a few times since 2019.  It’s a great place to photograph in autumn.  In other months, there isn’t much to see, of course. 

ginkgo trees on Tokyo street
people walking on Jingu Gaien Ginkgo Avenue

For other autumn articles, look at:

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