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Hiroshima's 5 Most Beautiful Fall Foliage Spots - 2018 Edition
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Hiroshima's 5 Most Beautiful Fall Foliage Spots - 2018 Edition

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Hiroshima prefecture is a popular tourist area known for Itsukushima Shrine and the Atomic Bomb Dome. In autumn, early October until early November is the best time for admiring the fall foliage. Today we feature five spots for enjoying the leaves.

Translated by Greg

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Hiroshima - One of The Best Places to Enjoy the Autumn Leaves in Japan

Hiroshima prefecture is a place famously known for Itsukushima Shrine, the Atomic Bomb Dome, and other historically important structures.

It’s one of Japan’s most popular tourist destinations, offering visitors a variety of sightseeing options and an abundance of unique and delicious local cuisine.

Particularly during the fall season, sightseeing becomes easier with the cool temperatures.

In this article, we’ll be introducing five popular spots in Hiroshima for enjoying the autumn foliage.

Hiroshima’s Fall Foliage Season

In Hiroshima prefecture, one can typically enjoy looking at the autumn leaves from late October until the middle of November.

The average temperature in November is about 12-13 °C. Even the high temperatures will rarely reach 20 °C, so it’s a good idea to bring a light jacket or sweater with you.

In today’s article we’ll be listing the ideal period in which to enjoy the autumn leaves at each spot, but since conditions can differ from place to place and year to year, please use our guide as a reference.

1. Miyajima - Momijidani Park


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Momijidani Park is located at the foot of Misen Primeval Forest in Miyajima. There are approximately 700 momiji maple trees, and it’s a famous place for momijigari (“admiring autumn leaves”).

The view of the autumn leaves with the red momiji bashi (bridge) in the background, makes for a picture postcard-like scene. Admission to the park is free.

Nearby Mount Misen is accessible by a ropeway. At Momijidani Station, just ten minutes away on foot from Momijidani Park, you can take the Miyajima ropeway and get off at Shishi-Iwa Station. From here it’s a thirty minute walk to the summit of Mt. Misen. Return tickets for the ropeway are 1,800 yen for adults and 900 yen for children.

Hiking along the trail under the autumn leaves looks refreshing. Also, in the spring you can see the cherry blossoms, and in the summer you can admire the fresh green foliage, so this is an enjoyable spot regardless of the season.

Forecasted Viewing Time

From the middle of November until the end of November.

Getting to Momijidani Park

Address: Hiroshima, Hatsukaichi, Miyajimacho Momijidani.

Access: From the Miyajimaguchi Pier it’s a ten minute boat ride to the Miyajima Ferry Terminal. From the ferry terminal it’s a twenty minute walk.

For details on how to get from Tokyo to Miyajima please look at the following article, Train Or Plane? How To Travel From Tokyo To Miyajima.

2. Taishakukyo - The Best Spot in Northern Hiroshima


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Taishakukyo, located in Hiroshima prefecture’s northeastern sector, consists of the eighteen kilometre long Taishakukyo River basin, and Shinryu Lake.

If you visit Taishakukyo, one activity that we highly recommend is a pleasure boat that takes visitors on a scenic forty minute tour of Shinryu Lake. While on the boat, you can admire the beautiful sight of the nearby mountains.

The pleasure boat operates from 9:00 until 16:30, from March 18 to December 4. Boats depart every thirty minutes and the fare is 1,200 yen for adults and 600 yen for children.

Forecasted Viewing Time

From the latter part of October to the beginning of November.

Getting to Taishakukyo

Address: Hiroshima, Jinseki, Jinsekikogen, Nagano 5034-7 (pleasure boat terminal).

Access: To get to the Shinryu Lake area, where the pleasure boat terminal is located, take a twenty minute taxi ride from Tojo Station (Geibi Line).

There’s also bus service, but on weekdays there’s only four daily departures and service isn’t available on weekends and holidays, so we recommend going by taxi. The one-way fare is about 3,000 yen.

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3. Buttsuji Temple - The South Area’s Highlight


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Buttsuji is a temple housing one of Japan’s foremost Zen Buddhist training halls. It was constructed amidst the surrounding nature, and the area is filled with momiji and kaede maple trees, making this a famous spot for looking at the leaves.

In the fall the area comes alive with crowds of sightseeing visitors.

Also, in November the area is illuminated with lights in the evening. When you look at the leaves along with the temple and Buddhist statue, the beauty of the scenery stands out even more.

Admission to the temple during the fall is 300 yen for adults, and 200 yen for students (junior high school and up). Elementary school students are admitted free of charge.

Forecasted Viewing Time

From early until mid-November.

Getting to Buttsuji Temple

Address: Hiroshima, Mihara, Takasaka, Motoyama GoogleMap

Access: From Mihara Station take a bus headed for Buttsuji Temple and get off at the last stop. The trip takes about forty minutes and the one-way fare is 620 yen. You can also take a bus headed for Buttsuji Temple from Hongo Station and get off at the final stop. It takes thirty minutes and the one-way fare is 360 yen.
*At the present time (July 25, 2018) due to heavy rain, local public transportation has been temporarily suspended.

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4. Fudoin Temple - Located in Hiroshima City


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Fudoin Temple has a long history, and it’s been said that the bronze statue enshrined there dates back as far as the Heian period. It’s a precious temple blessed with important cultural assets designated by the Japanese government, including the main hall (kondo).

Admission to the temple is free of charge. The view of the red leaves along with the main hall, symbolizes Japan’s classic autumn scenery.

In the spring, Fudoin Temple is surrounded by beautiful cherry blossoms, and the area comes alive with people enjoying hanami.

Forecasted Viewing Time

The middle of November.

Getting to Fudoin Temple

Address: Hiroshima, Higashi, Ushitashinmachi 3-4-9

Access: From Hiroshima Station it’s fifteen minutes by Hiroshima Electric Railway to Hondori Station (170 yen). Transfer to the Astram Line (Hiroshima Rapid Transit) and get off at Fudoin-mae Station (ten minutes, 210 yen). It’s just a short walk from here.

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5. Shukkeien Garden - Not Far From Hiroshima Station


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Shukkeien Garden was selected as one of the “100 Historic Gardens in Japan,” and the beautiful Japanese garden is decorated with colorful leaves in the fall.

Something you must see is the reflection of the leaves on the surface of the pond in Shukkeien.

Every year in November during the momiji festival, the leaves are illuminated at night creating a mystical atmosphere.

The garden is open from 9:00 to 17:00. Admission is 260 yen for adults, 150 yen for high school and university students, and 100 yen for elementary school and junior high school students.

Forecasted Viewing Time

The middle part of November.

Getting to Shukkeien

Address: Hiroshima, Naka, Kaminoboricho 2-11 GoogleMap

Access: Fifteen minutes on foot from Hiroshima Station.

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In Closing

At popular tourist spots, the mood can drastically change with the different seasons. Also, especially because it’s the fall season, there are spots where you can enjoy picturesque scenery.
By all means, how about experiencing first hand the arrival of autumn in Hiroshima prefecture?

Writer of original article: Kana Takezawa
*This is a revised version (2018) of an article that was written on October 1, 2017

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