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Osaka's 10 Most Beautiful Fall Foliage Spots In 2019 - Enjoy The Views!
  • Osaka's 10 Most Beautiful Fall Foliage Spots In 2019 - Enjoy The Views!

Osaka's 10 Most Beautiful Fall Foliage Spots In 2019 - Enjoy The Views!

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When it comes to fall foliage spots, Osaka boasts many gorgeous natural landscapes and amazing sights. When visiting Kansai, enjoy the beautiful landscape in the Osaka Castle Park, Minoo Park, Midosuji, and other great areas in Osaka.

Translated by Lester Somera

Written by MATCHA

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Osaka in Autumn - Where to See Fall Colors

In Japan, autumn’s cool and comfortable climate is a great time for travel; getting outdoors to see the gorgeous reds and golds of the changing trees is a must-do, especially in Osaka.

There are many places to enjoy the foliage, both famous and lesser-known, in Osaka. In most places in Osaka, the fall foliage can be seen in late November to early December. However, be aware that this timing can change based on the area and the yearly climate.

This article introduces 10 places in Osaka with stunning Japanese autumn scenes that will take your breath away.

1. Minoo Park, The Best Spot for Fall Foliage in Osaka

Minoo Park in fall

Picture courtesy of Minoo City Tourism Association

Head 30 minutes north of central Osaka by train and you’ll arrive at Minoo Park, a designated national park abundant with nature.

From the park entrance, stroll the path running alongside the river and you can enjoy a 2.8-kilometer hike up to the famous Minoo Waterfall. There is a walking trail set up on the way to the waterfall (*).

Minoo Park fall

Picture courtesy of Minoo City Tourism Association

On a sunny day, you can enjoy the sight of the bright red leaves against the backdrop of the waterfall, and maybe even the glint of a rainbow. As Osaka’s preeminent spot for fall foliage viewing, Minoo Park is bustling with people.

Minoo Park fall

Picture courtesy of Minoo City Tourism Association

Along the walking trail, there are many stalls selling Minoo’s local specialty, maple leaf tempura. The sight of deep-fried maple leaves might startle you a bit at first, but the sweetly sesame-scented deliciousness will leave you craving more. The tempura is also a good snack to take with you on your hike.

Standard Timing for Fall Foliage

Visitors can see the fall from mid-November to early December.

2. Enjoy the Castle and the Foliage at Osaka Castle Park

Osaka Castle Park in fall

Picture courtesy of Osaka Convention and Tourism Bureau

Osaka Castle Park is situated in central Osaka; Osaka Castle stands on the park grounds.

The interior of Osaka Castle contains a museum that displays historical documents, among other facilities, and from the main keep (*1), you can get an unbroken view of the entire city of Osaka.

When autumn rolls around, you can enjoy the castle surrounded by rows of gingko trees with golden leaves. With its abundant natural scenery and the historic Osaka Castle at its center, towering above the heart of the city, Osaka Castle Park is beloved as an urban oasis.

*1: The main keep is the highest structure in a Japanese castle. It is a symbol for that castle.

Standard Timing for Fall Foliage

Visitors can enjoy the leaves from mid-November to early December.

3. Midosuji’s Rows of Gingko Trees in Central Osaka

Osaka Koyo photo06

Picture courtesy of Osaka Convention and Tourism Bureau

Midosuji is a thoroughfare running north to south, which connects the central Kita area in Osaka with Minami to the south.

Roughly 800 gingko trees are planted along the Midosuji, which is around four kilometers long. When it’s the fall foliage season, don't miss seeing Midosuji transformed by the golden leaves. Being able to go shopping as you admire the leaves is a fall foliage viewing experience that you can only have in the heart of Osaka.

Standard Timing for Fall Foliage

The foliage can be enjoyed from late November to mid-December.

4. See the Fall Foliage from a Giant Suspension Bridge at Hoshida Park

Hoshida Park in fall

Picture courtesy of Osaka Prefectural Corporation for Agricultural Land Development and Greenery-Environment Promotion

Hoshida Park, easily accessible via train, is a quasi-national park nestled in the mountains in Osaka. You can enjoy hiking in the great outdoors here.

The park has a walking trail modeled after a forest railway, where you can see the riverbed on your stroll, as well as a 16.5-meter-tall human-made climbing wall. You can go hiking and climbing in the park with ease.

Hoshida Park in fall

Picture courtesy of Osaka Prefectural Corporation for Agricultual Land Development and Greenery-Environment Promotion

This is the 280-meter-long Star Swing, the park’s famous suspension bridge! The 360-degree view of the fall foliage from atop the bridge will take your breath away with its beauty.

Standard Timing for Fall Foliage

Head to Hoshida Park between mid-November and early December to see the leaves.

5. Enjoy the Autumn Leaves Near a Kofun Tomb at Daisen Park

Daisen Park in fall

Picture courtesy of Daisen Park Japanese Garden

Daisen Park, one of Japan’s top 100 historical gardens, is near the massive kofun tomb (*2) of Emperor Nintoku. There are also several smaller kofun tombs dotting the surrounding area, creating a harmony of vibrant greenery and historical spots.

Inside the park, there are roughly 400 cherry trees that blossom extravagantly in the springtime. In autumn, the green grass, the blue pond, and the gorgeous colors of the fall foliage create a banquet of color for you to enjoy.

*2: Kofun tombs, built during ancient times, were grave sites for nobles. They can vary in size and scope.

Standard Timing for Fall Foliage

See the leaves between mid-November to late November.

6. Enjoy the Daytime Colors at Osaka Expo Memorial Park

Osaka Expo Memorial Park in fall

Picture courtesy of Osaka Japan Expo Memorial Park Office

Osaka Expo Memorial Park was built on the original site of the World Expo held in 1970. Now open to the public, it is a vast park spanning 260 hectares. While there are many trees that change color in the fall within the park, we also recommend visiting the Momiji Waterfall and the Japanese garden.

The pleasant Momiji Waterfall usually is overflowing with greenery. In autumn, it offers a brilliantly view of vermilion and gold leaves in front of a cascade of pure white water. The fall foliage also looks quite beautiful from the nearby Sorado promenade.

The spacious Japanese garden was designed using classical Japanese landscaping techniques, so be sure take your time strolling through. Of course, it’s beautiful in autumn, but its natural scenery can be enjoyed in every season.

Osaka

Picture courtesy of Osaka Japan Expo Memorial Park Office

Osaka Expo Memorial Park has many other highlights. These include the symbolic the Tower of the Sun (pictured) built by renowned artist Taro Okamoto, as well as the National Museum of Ethnology, which has gathered data on ethnic groups from around the world, and the Osaka Folk Crafts Museum, which has collected many pieces of art such as pottery and dyed fabric.

In addition, the neighboring Expo City offers up attractions like Nifrel, an entirely new museum that transcends the boundaries of aquarium, zoo and art exhibit, so that you can enjoy the full day in the area.

Standard Timing for Fall Foliage

You can njoy the fall colors between early November to late November.

Osaka Expo Memorial Park

Address: Osaka, Suita, Senri Banpaku Koen Google Map
Access: Right by “Banpaku Kinen Koen” Station on the Osaka Monorail
Homepage: Expo Park

7. A Vermilion Tower and a Feast of Color at Ushitakiyama (Daiitokuji)

Ushitakiyama

Ushitakiyama is located in southern Osaka along the Wakayama border. It has long been known as a famous spot to view fall foliage.

The Ushitakiyama mountains are home to a temple called Daiitokuji. The two-story pagoda in the photo is designated as an important cultural asset in Japan. In autumn, the brilliant sight of the vermilion pagoda and surrounding foliage bring joy to many visitors.

Every year in the fall foliage season, the Maple Leaf Festival is held here. There are rows of shops selling merchandise from Osaka’s famous Danjiri Festival and Google Map
Access: From Kishiwada Station on the Nankai Main Line, take the Nankai bus bound for Ushitakiyama and get off at Ushitakiyama (55 min, 650 yen), then walk for three minutes

8. Katsuoji - Enjoy an Illuminated Temple and Leaves

Osaka

Picture courtesy of Osaka Convention & Tourism Bureau

Katsuoji in Minoo is well-known as a place to see fall foliage. The road that heads toward the main shrine becomes a tunnel of fall foliage (pictured). You can see the bright blue autumn sky peeking between the gaps in the roof of vividly colored leaves.

Every weekend and holiday from early November until the 30th, the shrine area is lit up, presenting visitors with an otherworldly appearance. The illumination lasts from sunset until 19:30. Because there is no public transportation at night, you should drive or take a taxi.

Katsuoji

Picture courtesy of Osaka Convention & Tourism Bureau

The daruma is another thing that Katsuoji is famous for. A daruma is an ornament modeled after a Buddhist monk, usually sold with two white eyes. There is a Japanese tradition of filling in one eye when you set a goal, then filling in the other once you’ve achieved it.

Katsuoji is actually known as a temple for blessings of victory. The legend comes from roughly a thousand years ago, when the head priest here was able to cure the illness of the Emperor at the time through prayers. Since then, the kanji for victory (“katsu”) has been part of the temple’s name, and generals have come to this temple to pray for success in battle.

Many daruma that have brought victory to visitors are placed here.

Standard Timing for Fall Foliage

Early November to late November

Katsuoji

Address: Osaka, Minoo, Aomatani 2914-1 Google Map
Access: From Senri-Chuo Station on the Midosuji Line, take the #29 bus to Katsuoji (35 minutes)
Homepage: Katsuoji

9. Settsukyo Park - Hike By the Leaves

Settsukyo Park

Picture courtesy of Takatsuki Tourism Association

Despite not being far from the city, Settsukyo Park is brimming with nature and is a great destination for relaxation.

There are five hiking trails set up within the park. We recommend the mountainside forest trail in autumn, which passes through a valley of maple leaf trees. You can also see a 15-meter-tall waterfall midway through the hike.

Settsukyo

Picture courtesy of Takatsuki Tourism Association

There is also a ravine course where you can walk along the bank of a clear river as you look at oddly-shaped rock formations. There are roughly 230 cherry trees planted in the park, and in the spring, the park is crowded with visitors coming to see the blossoms.

Standard Timing for Fall Foliage

Visitors can enjoy fall colors from around late October to late November.

Settsukyo Park Shitanoguchi Bus Stop

Address: Osaka, Takatsuki, Tsukawaki 5-8 Google Map
Access: Take the #50 bus bound for Shitanoguchi or the #51 bus bound for Tsukawaki, then get off at Shitanoguchi or Tsukawaki (15 minutes, about 220 yen). On foot, the park entrance is ten minutes away from the Tsukawaki stop and two minutes away from the Shitanoguchi stop.

10. The Mystical Atmosphere of Mt. Inunaki

Mt. Inunaki

Picture courtesy of Izumisano Tourism Association

Mt. Inunaki is known as a site for ascetic practices. Established as a training ground for Shugendo asceticism (*3) roughly 1300 years ago, Mt. Inunaki still has an aura of mystery today.

*3: Shugendo is an ancient school of Japanese asceticism, whose adherents would train in the mountains in pursuit of enlightenment.

Mt. Inunaki

Picture courtesy of Izumisano Tourism Association

There are hiking trails on the mountain, and you can enjoy a pleasant hike through the woods as you look at the fall foliage. It is roughly a 40-minute walk from the bus stop at the base of the mountain to the “ascetic’s waterfall” (pictured in the back). You might see a Shugendo devotee being pummeled by the waterfall.

Osaka’s only onsen resort town is also located at the foot of Mt. Inunaki. While it isn’t a large-scale resort town, there are inns where you can enter the hot springs even if you’re not staying there. We recommend refreshing yourself in an onsen before heading home. Mt. Inunaki is far away from central Osaka, so you should give yourself plenty of time to get there.

Standard Timing for Fall Foliage

Mid-November to late November

Mt. Inunaki bus stop

Address: Osaka, Izumisano, Ogi 2236 Google Map
Access:
From Izumisano Station on the Nankai Line, take the Wing Bus Nanbu bound for Mt. Inunaki and get off at the last stop (40 minutes, 470 yen)
From JR Hineno Station, take the Wing Bus Nanbu bound for Mt. Inunaki and get off at the last stop (30 minutes, 410 yen)
Homepage: Mt. Inunaki

Osaka Has Plenty of Hidden Fall Foliage Spots

Kyoto probably comes to mind for most people when they think about fall foliage in Kansai, but Osaka has plenty of famous places to see the colors, too. Since it’s the “season for eating,” why not go chase the fall foliage in the gourmet region of Osaka?

Original writer: Eri Okubo
This is a rewrite of an article originally published on September 4th, 2016.

Autumn leaves start changing from the north, beginning in the middle of September in Tohoku. From mid-October to mid-December you can enjoy the scenery throughout the country. In this special feature, we introduce details on the fall foliage for each area in Japan, from famous spots to areas that are lesser known. With MATCHA’s articles as your guide, please enjoy Japan's gorgeous fall foliage!

The information presented in this article is based on the time it was written. Note that there may be changes in the merchandise, services, and prices that have occurred after this article was published. Please contact the facility or facilities in this article directly before visiting.

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