These Are the Best Spots in Kansai to See the Autumn Foliage
Include these places in your itinerary!
Just an hour or two away via train from central Osaka is the Hyogo Prefecture, a destination where you can witness the autumn foliage in its full glory. If you're visiting Kansai soon, make sure to include our recommendations on the list of places you shouldn't miss.
©Rokko Alpine Botanical Garden
Rokkosan, Nada Ward, Kobe City
Business hours vary per establishment
Ride a cable car to climb up Mount Rokko, also known as Rokkosan, and get a closer view of the colorful autumn foliage.
In the area, you will find the Rokko Music Box Museum, which features a collection of music boxes and musical instruments; Rokkosan Country House, a park with a scenic pair lift connected to the Rokko-shidare Observatory; and the Rokko Alpine Botanical Garden, home to several Japanese maple trees. From October 20 to November 12, around 250 trees in the garden were illuminated to highlight the fall foliage.
And to end your Rokkosan journey is the Kobe cityscape with a stunning view that will leave you in awe when you descend from the mountain.
Kobe Nunobiki Herb Garden
1-4-3 Kitano, Chuo Ward, Kobe City
Open from 9:30 a.m. to 4:45 p.m. (until 8:15 p.m. for weekends/holidays between September 1 to November 26)
From the Kobe Nunobiki Herb Garden, you can feast your eyes on the spectacular view of Kobe and over 600 maple trees, with the best ones projected from mid-November until early December.
While you're there, try the Herb Tea (¥300) at the Autumn Cafe 2017 event which will run from the end of November.
The Kobe Nunobiki Herb Garden is accessible via the Kobe Nunobiki Ropeway gondola lift.
68 Honmachi, Himeji City
Open from 9:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. (entrance gate closes at 4:30 p.m.)
Kokoen Garden is a traditional Japanese garden with about 160 maple trees stretched around the vicinity of the magnificent Himeji Castle.
The house in the garden offers a good view of their pond with plenty of nishikigoi or koi fishes, surrounded by maple trees and serene waterfalls.
Provided by Japan Walker™, Kansai Walker™ (2017)