I was not sure until when I can enjoy autumn foliage in Tokyo. It depends on the climate of that year. This year, it has become cold in Tokyo quite early and it snowed at the end of November. The snow in Tokyo in November was the first in 54 years. But after that, it has become warmer again so you will never know… So I tried Tokyo Metropolitan Teien Art Museum on December 11th and you could still enjoy autumn colors.This museum was originally a residence of Prince Asaka in the early 20th century. Prince and Princess stayed in Paris when he was studying at the Military College and they saw the International Exhibition of Modern Decorative and Industrial Arts held in Paris in 1925. The Style Moderne presented at the Exposition later became known as Art Deco after the name of the exposition. Prince and Princess brought back the idea of Art Deco to Japan and they built the residence which incorporated Art Deco.
So the architecture of this museum is worth looking. It has the style of Art Deco in many places.
Unfortunately you cannot take photos inside if you visit on weekends. (It seems you can take photos during weekdays.) But you can check the website.
The museum or the former royal family’s residence (and once the Prime Minister’s Residence during 1960s) has a large grass field and also a Japanese garden.
Address: 21-9 Shirokanedai 5-chome, Minato-ku, Tokyo
Opening Hours: 10am – 6pm (The last admission at 5:30pm)
Closed on second and fourth Wednesday.
Admission: Exhibition admission fees vary depending on the exhibitions.
The admission for the garden is 100 yen for adults, 80 yen for college and vocational students, 50 yen for junior high and high school students and seniors (65 and over).