Hello everyone! Last week was Hachioji’s Ginkgo Festival and I thought it would be fun to add it to our Autumn in Japan blog series.
Ginkgo Festival is called Ichou Matsuri in Japanese and it is held on a weekend when Ginkgo trees change their color to bright yellow.
We decided to go to Takao station and start our walk there along Koshu avenue. There’s a bit of a weird smell but that’s only because of the Ginkgo seeds. It’s not overwhelming except for the beautiful Golden Avenue. I’ve crossed a couple of pedestrian lanes and climbed footbridges just to be in the middle of Koshu highway. I just couldn’t get enough of the brightly colored trees!
Aside from the 90-year-old Ginkgo trees, the locals added several attractions to this 39-year-old annual festival.
While you walk along this avenue, vintage cars casually drive around town which is Hachioji’s Michelin Classic car parade. Something K found more amusing than the Ginkgo trees.
In front of the Ryonan Park, locals have organized an Awa dance. A lively traditional Japanese dance, originally from Tokushima and usually performed during Obon.
Past Nishi-Hachioji, the majority of Ginkgo trees were still green and since we got tired of walking, we headed to Nishi-Hachioji station. From there we went back to Shinjuku’s bright lights and ended our fun day with The Alley’s Black sugar bubble tea.
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We are soon wrapping up our Autumn in Japan blog series, so don’t miss out on next week’s post!
Have a beautiful day, everyone!