Togo Park (東郷公園) in Agano is renowned as one of the most best places to see the momiji (fall colors). Throughout the year, it is a beautiful park, dotted with streams, bridges, stone lanterns and other elements of a Japanese garden. But when the weather cools and the air turns crisp, Togo Park's more than a thousand maple trees transform into fiery red.
On the third weekend of November, the park celebrates with a two-day momiji festival. Entrance is free but donations are welcomed at the foot of the mountain. The event we most look forward to is the jazz performance on Saturday evening.
There are very few places in Japan where you can enjoy jazz outdoors, surrounded by the brilliant reds and oranges of the autumn maple while holding a bowl of piping hot soup from one of the festival vendors. Feel free to tap your feet along to the beat and sing along to familiar jazz favorites.