[Hyogo Tamba City] Tamba Autumn Leaves Sanzan Drive will fill your heart and stomach with happiness!
Autumn is almost here, and in late October the season for viewing the autumn leaves of the ``Tamba Momiji Meguri 10 Temples'' will arrive. This time, we will be showing you a tour of the ``Tamba Autumn Leaves Sanzan'' where you can enjoy the seasons and the beauty of nature at your leisure all day l...
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- “Tamba Autumn Leaves Sanzan” Drive Tour
- 1. Nishitenmokuzuiganzan Kogenji Temple
- 2. Mt. Nagatani Entsuji Temple
- 3. Iwayayama Sekiganji Temple
- [Full route] Driving route (introducing each route/site for each temple)
- [Official website] Hyogo prefecture tourism site HYOGO! navigation
“Tamba Autumn Leaves Sanzan” Drive Tour
The ``Tamba Autumn Leaves Sanzan'' refers to three venerable temples: Kogenji in Aogaki-cho, Tanba City, Entsuji in Hikami-cho, and Sekiganji in Yamanami-cho. . This time, we will introduce a route that goes around ① Kogenji, ② Entsuji, and ➂ Sekikuji. Along the way, we will take a detour to a local sweets shop to satisfy our hunger.
1. Nishitenmokuzuiganzan Kogenji Temple
Kogenji Temple is one of the oldest and most famous temples in Tamba, and is also one of the best places in Japan to see autumn leaves, so it is especially crowded with visitors in the fall.
Approximately 2,000 maple trees, including the Tenmoku Maple, brightly dye the grounds.
We recommend viewing the autumn leaves from Somon to the Somon area. The approach that leads from the Somon gate to the Sanmon gate is like passing through a tunnel of autumn leaves, with many old maple trees. When you turn around and look at the somon gate, the atmospheric scenery spreads out again.
At Shinji Pond, located to the left behind the Sanmon gate, you can see the quaint autumn scenery reflected in the water. At the very end of the mountain, after climbing the steep stairs from the Sanmon gate and crossing the bridge past the bell tower, there is a three-story pagoda called Tahou-do. The Tenmoku maple that colors this tower is bright and very beautiful.
You can enjoy the autumn leaves from various angles, with various backgrounds such as the sky, a pond, and a tower. In addition, the moss in the precincts is also atmospheric. The precincts are quite large, and the stairs leading to the back are a bit steep and slippery, so we recommend wearing comfortable shoes when visiting the shrine.
Address: 514 Hikura, Aogaki-cho, Tanba City, Hyogo Prefecture 669-3821
Visiting hours: [April to October] 8:00 to 16:30 [November to March] 8:30 to 16:30 Closing time: 17:00
Entrance fee: 300 yen for adults, 100 yen for children (junior high school students and younger)
[Note] If you would like to take pictures or enter the mountain in groups, please make a reservation at the temple.
Access: 10 minutes by car from Kitakinki Toyooka Expressway Aogaki IC, via Prefectural Route 7, and about 5 km by car on National Route 427 towards Nishiwaki/Taka.
Enjoy delicious chestnut and red bean sweets at “Tamba Restaurant x Confectionery Studio Aretto”!
About 4km from National Route 427/National Route 429 towards Entsuji Temple, your next destination, you will see a cute shop along the prefectural road. "Tamba Restaurant x Confectionery Studio Aretto" is a restaurant where you can enjoy French cuisine and sweets.
Why not take a break and have some tea time here?
At this time of year, we recommend sweets made with Tamba City's special products, ``Tamba chestnuts'' and ``Tamba Dainagon adzuki beans.''
“Tamba Restaurant x Confectionery Studio Aretto”
Address: 156-1 Saji, Aogaki-cho, Tanba City, Hyogo Prefecture
Business hours: 11:00~17:00 Lunch: 11:00~14:00 Cafe: 14:00~17:00
Closed: Wednesdays and Thursdays
2. Mt. Nagatani Entsuji Temple
Entsuji is a historic temple built by Yoshimitsu Ashikaga during the Nanbokucho period. It takes about 20 minutes by car from Kogenji on Prefectural Route 7, and you can see the temple in a peaceful rural landscape.
During the autumn leaves season, the area around the shrine grounds is dyed in bright red, so much so that you can easily spot it even from the main road. When you are greeted by Dodan azaleas and proceed to the Niomon gate, you will see a large pond called Hojoike with a stone bridge in front of it.
The area around the pond that stretches out on both sides of the stone bridge is lined with bright vermilion and yellow autumn leaves, mainly maple trees.
Climb the stone steps and from a slightly higher position, the view of the autumn leaves reflected in the water is very beautiful. From here you can also enjoy the vivid scenery of Dodan azalea and autumn leaves.
The main hall is at the top of the stone stairs. If it's the best time to see them, you can also see fiery vermilion maples and dodan azaleas in the backyard of the main hall. Please don't forget to stop by.
Address: 983 Goyu, Hikamicho, Tanba City, Hyogo Prefecture, 669-3633
Phone: 0795-82-9188 (Entsuji Momiji no Sato Promotion Association) Navi dial 0795-82-1992
Visiting hours: 8:30-16:30
Entrance fee: 300 yen for adults, free for junior high school students and younger (November 1st to December 1st only)
Access: Approximately 10 minutes by car north from Kitakinki Toyooka Expressway Hikami IC / Approximately 10 minutes south from Aogaki IC
Enjoy the Mont Blanc topped with Tamba chestnut marron cream at ``Café de Fukumura''!
There is a shop called ``Café de Fukumura'' along Prefectural Route 109 on the way to our next destination, Sekikuji Temple. Since you've come all the way to Tamba City, why not try taking out some sweets that can only be enjoyed at this time of year?
The most popular item at this store is the original "Mont Blanc". An original Mont Blanc with a roll cake as the base and a generous amount of Tamba chestnut marron cream on top. It seems that the owner carefully peels each chestnut one by one. Tamba chestnuts can only be eaten at this time of year, so be sure to try them at least once.
(Photo: Top right) Financier made with luxurious Uji matcha and Tanba Dainagon red beans, (Photo: Bottom right) Tanba Dainagon red bean pound cake with a moist and fine texture that has the bitterness and umami of Uji Matcha for an adult taste. Also recommended.
"Cafe de Fukumura"
Address: 395-7 Inuoka, Hikami-cho, Tanba City, Hyogo Prefecture
Business hours: Wednesday - Friday 13:00 - 17:30 (LO 16:30) Saturday, Sunday and holidays 11:00 - 17:30 (LO 16:30)
Closed: Monday, Tuesday
3. Iwayayama Sekiganji Temple
Our final destination is Sekiganji Temple, located about 35 minutes from Entsuji Temple on Prefectural Route 109. This temple is said to have been founded by Prince Shotoku, and is also known as the "Momiji Temple."
You can enjoy the autumn foliage throughout the grounds, but the main attraction is the 700 meter long approach from the parking lot to the main road, lined with about 600 maple trees of various species.
Fresh and old maple trees change color at different times, so you can enjoy the beautiful gradation of autumn leaves over a long period of time.
The season of fresh green leaves is also wonderful.
Address: 2 Iwaya, Yamanami-cho, Tamba-shi, Hyogo 669-3141
Visiting hours: 8:30~16:30 [Note] If you would like to take pictures or enter the mountain in groups, please make a reservation at the temple.
Entrance fee: 300 yen for adults, 100 yen for junior high and high school students, free for elementary school students and younger, group discount available 200 yen (for 20 or more people)
Access: Approximately 30 minutes north of National Route 175 from Takinosha IC on the Chugoku Expressway / Approximately 25 minutes from Tannan-Sasayamaguchi IC on the Maizuru-Wakasa Expressway
[Full route] Driving route (introducing each route/site for each temple)
From Kitakinki Toyooka Expressway Aogaki IC, take Prefectural Route 7 and drive 5km on National Route 427 towards Taka Town ⇒ ① Kogenji ⇒ Approximately 4km via National Route 427/National Route 429 ⇒ "Tamba Restaurant × Confectionery Workshop Aret'' ⇒ Approximately 6.4km on Prefectural Route 7 ⇒ ② Entsuji ⇒ Approximately 7km on National Route 109 ⇒ ``Cafe de Fukumura'' ⇒ Approximately 14km on National Route 109 ⇒ ➂ Ishikanji Temple
[Official website] Hyogo prefecture tourism site HYOGO! navigation
The official website of Hyogo Tourism Headquarters, which provides tourist information for Hyogo Prefecture (Kobe, Himeji, Kinosaki, Awaji Island, etc.). There is a lot of recommended travel information, including special sightseeing spots such as Hyogo Prefecture's Japanese heritage sites and cycling, as well as model courses where you can enjoy hot spring culture and Japanese sake, so be sure to check it out!
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