Enjoy The Views! Osaka's 5 Best Spots To Admire Autumn Leaves In 2017

Enjoy The Views! Osaka's 5 Best Spots To Admire Autumn Leaves In 2017

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When it comes to places for admiring the autumn leaves, Osaka boasts just as many wonderful spots as Kyoto. When visiting Kansai, how about enjoying the beautiful landscape in these five areas in Osaka?

Translated by Jay Issei Karslake

Written by Eri Okubo

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The largest city in western Japan, Osaka has become a popular place for visitors from around the world to check out all year round. Best known for its food culture, Osaka has plenty of other things to over its visitors, like amazing historical and natural spots.

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The Best Places To See Autumn Leaves in Osaka!

There are many activities that the Japanese enjoy doing in the fall, such as "autumn sports", "autumn reading", or "autumn dining", but let's not forget about enjoying fall itself. The landscapes created by autumn leaves are extremely beautiful. Here are five fall viewing spots in Osaka.

1. Minoo Park

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Photo courtesy of: Minoo City Tourism Association

Minoo Park is a nature filled quasi-national park thirty minutes north of central Osaka by train. The park is located in a vast land spreading over 83.8 ha. If you walk along the riverside, as soon as you enter you can enjoy a 2.8 km hike to Minoo waterfall. The path to Minoo waterfall is called Takido, or 'waterfall road'. The paths are well-maintained and easy to walk on.

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Photo courtesy of: Minoo City Tourism Association
On sunny days it's the perfect spot to enjoy the bright red fall leaves, the waterfall, and the rainbow all at the same time.

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Photo courtesy of: Minoo City Tourism Association
And on Waterfall Road there are many stores selling Minoo's specialty - Maple Leaf Tempura. This traditional sweet is made by frying fall leaves. It is the ideal snack during your hike.

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2. Osaka Castle Park

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Photo courtesy of: Osaka Tourism Bureau
Osaka Castle Park is located in Osaka's central district. Known for the Osaka Castle Tower which stands at its center, the park is filled with natural beauty too.

During the fall you can enjoy the landscape created by the autumn leaves of the gingko trees against the background of Osaka Castle. In a big city filled with high buildings, Osaka Castle, with its rich history, and the nature filled park become a beloved oasis in the center of the city.

3. Midosuji Avenue

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Photo courtesy of: Osaka Tourism Bureau
Midosuji is a road completed in 1937 that connects the central area of Osaka, called Kita, with its southern area - Minami. Around 800 gingko trees are planted along the 4km road. The yellow foliage dyeing the road during the fall is one of the best views you can see in Osaka.

4. Hoshida Garden

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Photo courtesy of: Osaka Prefecture Green Public Corporation
Hoshida Garden is a national nature park located in a mountain gore, easy to access by train. It's an immense nature filled park where you can enjoy hiking. There is also the "Forest like railway path" that you can walk while viewing the riverbank, as well as a 16.5 meter high artificial wall called the "climbing wall". Hiking and climbing will give you the chance to spend a pleasant time outdoors surrounded by vividly colored leaves.

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Photo courtesy of: Osaka Prefecture Green Public Corporation
You can enjoy the splendid view of the 280 meter long Hoshino suspension bridge too. The 360 degree view of the fall leaves from on top of the bridge is so beautiful that it will leave you breathless.

5. Daisen Park

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Daisen Park Japan's Garden
Daisen Park is selected as one of "100 Japanese history parks" and is located between the kofun of Emperor Nintoku (*1) and the Emperor Richu Mozu Kofun. You can enjoy the extremely beautiful view of the vast land dotted with small old burial grounds. This park has approximately 400 cherry trees blossoming in the spring. In the fall visitors can enjoy the view of the pond and the brightly colored autumn leaves. One can enjoy the contrast between spring and fall. On sunny days you can see the reflection of the beautiful trees in the water.

*1: Kofun… The grave of a powerful family in ancient Japan. There are many kofuns of large and small scales.

Osaka - A Hidden Paradise of Fall Viewing Spots

When thinking of fall leave viewing spots in Kansai, Kyoto might come to mind first, but Osaka has also many wonderful spots. How about going to enjoy the fall leaves in Osaka, a city famous for its delicious dishes?

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