6月 26, 2019
Go see the Outstanding Scenery of Autumn! The 10 Best spots to Enjoy Autumn Foliage in Hiroshima!
The prefectural tree of Hiroshima is “maple (Momiji in Japanese)”, symbolised by the local specialty “Momiji Manju”, which is nationally well-known in Japan. Hiroshima has a variety of beautiful viewing spots for autumn foliage. Let’s walk through the 10 must-visit viewing spots for autumn foliage in Hiroshima, from the famous ones to the hidden gems.
World Heritage! Viewing Spot for Autumn Foliage in Miyajima, Momijidani Park
One of the best autumn foliage spots in Hiroshima is “Momijidani Park” situated in Miyajima, the world heritage. You need to take a ferry from the pier to the island where Momijidani Park is. Yet it is worth visiting to see the amazing scenery of about 700 maple trees colored.
If you are lucky enough, you may see wild deers on walking in the park! The match of colored leaves and deers is one of the signature scenery in Miyajima. After walking in the park, do not forget having a break with freshly-baked “Momiji Manju” and hot “Japanese tea” at the shopping arcade.
Name: Momijidani Park
Address: Momijidani, Miyajima cho, Hatsukaichi city, Hiroshima
Map: map to Momijidani Park
Mysterious Beauty of the Shape created by Great Nature. Best Spot for Autumn Foliage in Hiroshima, Sandan-kyo
“Sandan-kyo” is one of the most famous gorges in Japan with the length of about 16 km, which refreshes you with the strong presence of the fall and the clear stream in front of you. It has the gorgeous green view in spring, but the scenery of autumn leaves colored in red and yellow is breathtaking.
The highlight of “Sandan-kyo” is “Sandan Falls” located in more than 2 hours walk from the entrance of the gorge. The outstanding contrast of the dynamic falls over 30 meter long and colored leaves cannot be missed. Why don’t you enjoy walking to view beautiful autumn foliage in the forest feeling great nature surrounding you?
Address: Yokogo, Akiota cho, Yamagata district, Hiroshima
Map: map to Sandan-kyo
Picture-like Scenery of the Temple and Autumn Foliage. Must-visit Sightseeing Spot in Hiroshima, Mitaki-dera Temple
One of the best place to feel nature at the closest in Hiroshima city, may be “Mitaki-dera Temple”. As the name shows, it has three falls (taki in Japanese) inside the temple. There are also Important Cultural Properties such as Shiraito Falls and two-storied pagoda. Above all, it is well-known for its autumn foliage. Despite the location close to the city center, you can enjoy the beauty of nature by viewing big falls with colored leaves in red, yellow and green and the historical temple.
There is a tea house called “Mitaki Chaya” offering meals and tea, inside the temple. The popular dishes here are “Handmade Zenzai” and “Matcha Set” served with Warabi mochi. Why don’t you spend a relaxing and calm time viewing beautiful autumn foliage?
Name: Mitaki-dera Temple
Address: 411 Mitakiyama, Nishi ward, Hiroshima city, Hiroshima
Access: 15 minutes walk from Mitaki-dera
Map: map to Mitaki-dera Temple
Beautiful Colored Leaves in Vivid Red and Orange, Ozekiyama Park
“Ozekiyama Park” is one of the most famous viewing spots for cherry blossoms in spring and colored leaves in autumn, located in the northeast of Hiroshima prefecture. About 2 hour-drive from Hiroshima city is perfect for a ride to enjoy autumn.
In the season of autumn foliage, the amazing scenery spreads over the park. You can enjoy not only colorful autumn leaves, but also fallen leaves on the ground, which looks like a red carpet. It is lit up at night during the high season in autumn, which will entertain you with a fantastic atmosphere. This is one of the must-visit spots in autumn in Hiroshima!
Name: Ozekiyama Park
Address: Miyoshimachi, Miyoshi city, Hiroshima
Access: 8 minutes walk from Ozekiyama station
Map: map to Ozekiyama Park
One of the Best Autumn Foliage Spots in Hiroshima, Buttsu-ji Temple
“Buttu-ji Temple” in Mihara city is one of the most famous viewing spots for autumn foliage in Hiroshima prefecture. It is so popular that the road to the temple gets busy and has a heavy traffic jam in the high season of autumn foliage. After parking your car in a parking lot, cross Kyomo-kyo Bridge to pay the admission fee.
You need to climb up steep stone stairs, but it is worth visiting the two-storied pagoda to see the beautiful view. The view from the two-storied pagoda is definitely must-see!
Name: Buttsu-ji Temple
Address: 22 Takasakacho, Mihara city, Hiroshima
Access: 25 minutes drive from Mihara station
Map: map to Buttsu-ji Temple
Enjoy the Autumn of Shimanami at Famous Autumn Foliage Spot in Hiroshima, Kosan-ji Temple
“Kosan-ji Temple” is the viewing spot for autumn foliage from the late November to the early December, situated in Ikuchijima Island in Seto Inland Sea. Inside the temple, there are the brilliantly-colored pagoda called as “Nikko-toshogu of the west”, and “three-storied pagoda”, the national treasure, in vivid red. You can not miss the perfect scenery of those in colored leaves.
In the season of autumn foliage, “Momiji Festival” takes place there. You can enjoy a variety of events such as special opening of “Ginryu-kaku”. Highly recommended for your visit to see autumn foliage in Hiroshima.
Name: Kosan-ji Temple
Address: 553-2 Setoda, Setoda cho, Onomichi city, Hiroshima
Access: 13 minutes from Ikuchijima-kita IC
Map: map to Kosan-ji Temple
Enjoy Viewing Colorful Autumn Foliage from the Lake! Taishaku Valley
You cannot miss this spot for viewing colored leaves in Hiroshima! “Taishaku Valley” is well-known for limestone karst over Shobara city and Jinsekikogen cho, which is about 18 km long in total. You can enjoy the beautiful scenery all year around, but especially in autumn, the view from the pleasure boat on Shinryu Lake surrounded by vertical cliffs is just outstanding.
The pleasure boat has an open deck where you can feel fresh air on a fine day in autumn. Enjoy the beautiful scenery of colored mountains and the lake from “Shinryu Bridge” in red called as “Momiji Bridge”!
Name: Taishaku Valley
Address: Jinsekikogen cho, Jinseki district, Hiroshima
Access: 30 minutes drive from Tojo station
Map: map to Taishaku Valley
Colored in Gold in Autumn, Tsutsuga O-icho Ginkgo Tree
“Tsutsuga O-icho Ginkgo Tree” is about 1,100-year-old estimated ginkgo tree located in Akiota-cho, in the north of Hiroshima prefecture. It stands inside Dasai Shrine, which is 48 meter high. It was designated as a natural monument of Hiroshima prefecture. The enormous ginkgo nuts cannot be missed. Fallen leaves on the ground of the shrine look like a golden carpet! It is the very magnificent scenery.
In autumn, you can enjoy the traditional performing art by the local team, “Kagura” praying for a rich harvest of rice, inside the shrine, with beautifully lit-up ginkgo tree! Experience this extraordinary scenery.
Name: Tsutsuga O-icho Ginkgo Tree
Address: Tsutsuga, Akiota cho, Yamagata district, Hiroshima
Map: map to Tsutsuga O-icho Ginkgo Tree
Collaboration of Magnificent Falls and Autumn Foliage, Miyama-kyo Gorge
“Miyama-kyo Gorge” is the gorge created by the clean stream of Miyama River, where you can enjoy the amazing scenery presenting various beauty by eight falls. Along the 4km-long gorge with vertical cliffs, there are odd-shaped rocks such as Meoto-iwa Rocks, Saru-iwa Rock, which attract people with the beautiful contrast by colored leaves in red and yellow and a quiet stream of the river.
Especially, the Meoto-iwa Viewing Spot is the perfect place to enjoy the beauty of the gorge with colored leaves. There is the promenade for cycling, walking and hiking. Explore and enjoy the beauty of autumn!
Name: Miyama-kyo Gorge
Address: Kake, Akiota cho, Yamagata district, Hiroshima
Access: 35 minutes drive from Kabe station
Map: map to Miyama-kyo Gorge
Enjoy Autumn Foliage at the Garden with a Full of Japanese Atmosphere! Shukkeien
“Shukkeien” is one of Japanese gardens representing Hiroshima city, located in the center of Hiroshima city. It has been familiar among the local as a relaxing spot. You can enjoy the beautiful garden all year around, but especially in the high season of autumn foliage, the scenery reflected on the pond and colored trees make it the best. “Momiji Festival” takes place in the high season, and also you can see the lit-up trees at night for the limited time, which amuses you with the fantastic view of colored leaves different from the daytime.
“Shukkeien” is situated in the center of the city, where you can visit easily. This may be the hidden gem to “spend a relaxing time in the colored garden” in the middle of the city!
Address: 2-11 Kaminoboricho, Naka ward, Hiroshima city, Hiroshima
Time: (April – September) 9:00〜18:00(October – March) 9:00〜17:00
Access: 10 minutes walk from Hiroshima station
Map: map to Shukkeien
Enjoy Autumn Foliage in Hiroshima with a Full of Attractions!
Here is the list of 10 must-visit autumn foliage spots in Hiroshima prefecture. There are unique viewing spots for colored leaves in Hiroshima, which has abundant great nature. You can enjoy vivid and colorful scenery of autumn under the fresh sky! Explore and experience the amazing sceneries of Hiroshima!