You Have to Visit These Breathtakingly Beautiful Autumn Spots in Kansai

Fall in love with the wonderful sceneries of autumn.

Autumn is best known for its beautiful scenery of leaves changing colors. The Kansai region of Japan is definitely not falling behind this. In this article, we bring to you the best places to visit during your fall trip to Kansai, Japan.

Metasequoia Trees

A great scenery with over 500 Metasequoias running straight along the road. This row of Metasequoias is about 2.4 km from
Makino Pick Land where you can enjoy various activities from fruit picking to camping and skiing on Makino Highlands. The 500 Metasequoias planted on the side of the road gradually change to a beautiful color of yellow then to red during autumn. Usually it’s best to see them at the end of November. The contrast of the cone-shaped Metasequoia and the straight road also harmonizes with the Nosaka Mountains in the background and is chosen as one of the new 100 best roadside tree sceneries In Japan.

Aside from this, the
Metasequoia Namiki Momiji Festival will be held from the end of November to the beginning of December. You may contact Makino Pick Land at +81-740-27-1811. 

These Metasequoia Trees can be found at Takashima City, Shiga. The color of the leaves begin to change around mid-November and it is best to see them during that time of the year until the beginning of December. Fees are not charged. Other recommended spots are Namiki Cafe Metasequoia where you can have a beautiful view of the trees.
You can get there for about 6 to 20 minutes by Makino Kogen Line Bus from JR Kosei Line Makino Station. Get off at Makino Pick Land and take a short walk. *Makino Kogen Line has both clockwise and counterclockwise and they change according to time.

Keisokiji Temple 

Keisokuji Temple, which used to be near the peak of Kodakami Mountain, was moved to the other temple Iifukuji Temple and is organized and preserved by local volunteers. Old trees such as Japanese maples usually start to color between the middle to the end of November and dyes the temple grounds. The autumn leaves strolling term is from the 9th to the 27th of November. High school students and elders will be charged ¥200 as autumn leaves strolling cooperation fee. During this term, shuttle buses will run from the Kiti Omi Resort Temporary Parking Lot on weekends and national holidays. The time of event will be from 8:30 a.m. to 4 p.m. You can also come early in the morning or at night, but it can be dangerous when it is dark.


Keisokiji Temple is located in Nagahama City, Shiga. The color of the leaves start to change during the beginning of November and it is best to see them around mid to end of the month. Other recommended hot spots are the leaves in the temple pathway that you can view from the Daimon Ruins. There will be a fee of
¥200 for high school students and elders as autumn leaves strolling cooperation fee. No fees will be charged for junior high school students and under. Those who will enter the Kokokaku and Yoshirokaku that keep the Keisokuji Buddha statues will not be charged with extra autumn leaves strolling cooperation fees. If you have already paid beforehand, there will be a discount upon entering. *Fees will be charged only between November 9 to 27 for the autumn leaves strolling term. It is free during other seasons. You can get there by taking a bus from JR Kinomoto Station and by getting off at Furuhashi. Walk for about 25 minutes.

Minoo Otaki 

The waterfalls of
Minoo Otaki is one of the 100 best waterfalls that can be found in Japan. the water falls from a point of 33 meters high. The drop of the water looks like the agricultural equipment “Mino” which is where its name is derived from. It is also said that the name of the city came from that too. The surroundings of this waterfall change according to the season but it is especially more beautiful in autumn when you can hear the sound of the water falling clearly with the jaw dropping view of the leaves and their burning colors. The place will also be holding the Meiji no Mori Minoo National Park Momiji Festival from November 1 to 30. You may contact Minoo Transportation and Tourist Association +81-72-723-1885.

Minoo Otaki leaves start to change colors during the beginning of December. Make sure to catch a glimpse of them from mid-November to the beginning of December. There is no fees charged. If you want to wander around the area, Ichimoku Senbon is a highly recommended spot. Minoo Otaki is a 40-minute walk from Hankyu Minoo Line Minoo Station.

Mount Koya 

This is a sacred Buddhist place that was established by Koho in the beginning of the Heian period. It is famously called “
Issan keidaichi” and the mountain looks like Kongo Buji Temple. The places all over the mountain are considered temple grounds as well. Inside the mountain there is Kondo, the main temple building and 117 other temples with 52 of them being training places for monks. Jabara Michi, which is the way between Kongo Buji Temple to Danjo Garan, becomes a tunnel of autumn leaves during the end of October until the beginning of November. Kongo Buji Temple is open from 8:30 a.m. to 5 p.m. and their last entrance is at 4:30 p.m. Meanwhile, Kondo and Daito is open from 8:30 a.m. to 5 p.m. Reihokan is open from 8:30 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. (last entrance is on 5 p.m.) from May to October and it is open until 5 p.m. (last entrance is on 4:30 p.m.) only from November to April.


Mount Koya is located at Ito District, Wakayama. The leaves change colors during the beginning of October. It is best seen during the end of October to the beginning of November. Another place to visit is the Danjo Garan Jabara Michi Road. High school students or over will be charged
¥200 for autumn leaves strolling cooperation fee. Junior high school students and under can enter for free. If you wish to see the Buddha statues of Keisokuji Temple at Kokokaku and Yoshirokaku, no fees are necessary. If already paid, fees for the Kokokaku and Yoshirokaku will be discounted. Fees will only be charged between the autumn leaves strolling term from November 9 to 27. It will be free for other seasons however fees will be charged for entering the temples. For more details, check the official website or contact. You may take the Nankai Koya Line Gokurakubashi Station and change to the Nankai Rinkai Bus at Koyasan Station to get to Mount Koya. Get off at Kongo Buji Mae Bus Stop and walk for a few minutes.

Hasedera Temple Sakurai City, Nara

is famous for its botan flowers, but another well-known quality about this beautiful place is the mountain turns red in the autumn, with its leaves inside the temple changing colors. The hallway is 200 meters long with a roof. A unique part of the temple is the climbing hallway from where you can get a good view of your surroundings. Once you get to the main building which is considered a national treasure, you will sense the season with three directions open to the autumn air. Many events will be held such as the tea ceremony on November 9 to the first 500 visitors who wish to participate, Shino bue(pipe) performance by Sato Kazuya on November 23, and sermons by monks in several places in the mountain from November 16 to 18. The temple is open from 8:30 a.m. to 5 p.m. In addition to this, the temple is also holding the Momiji Festival from October 12 to December 1.

Hasedera Temple is located at Sakurai City, Nara. The leaves in the area start to change in color around the middle of November. The best time to visit the temple is from the end of October to the beginning of December. We highly recommend the main building of the temple where you can see the leaves reflected from the stage floor. A fee of
¥500 is charged from junior high school students and elders, ¥250 for elementary school students. Hasedera Temple is only a 20-minute walk away from Kintetsu Osaka Hasedera Station. Or, take the bus from JR Sakurai Station to Hasedera Sando Bus Stop and walk for 15 minutes. You may also take a taxi for 20 minutes from the same station, or take a taxi for about 5 minutes from Kintetsu Osaka Line Hasedera Station.


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