Many visit Tokyo in spring to catch the cherry blossoms. Few realize that Japan’s capital shines just as brightly in November, when autumn colors blanket the city and the air turns cool and crisp. There are also several festivals in Tokyo this month to welcome the changing of the seasons. November signals the arrival of autumn foliage, and the best place to view it is at Rikugi-en. Take a walk along the garden’s path and enjoy the golden yellow, warm orange, and fiery red maple leaves. Mount Takao, located just outside the city, also offers beautiful sights. An easy walk or cable-car ride up the mountain brings you to lovely views of Tokyo and its autumn leaves. Besides Tokyo’s fall colors, the Shichi-Go-San also charms. Held on November 15, this festival celebrates children who have reached the ages of three, five, and seven. They dress up in kimonos and suits and go with their families to give thanks and pray for long and healthy lives at shrines. They also receive gifts from their parents and take pictures together—there’s no cuter sight!