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Hiroshima's 6 Most Beautiful Autumn Foliage Spots - 2019 Edition

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Hiroshima is known for Itsukushima Shrine, Miyajima, and the Atomic Bomb Dome, but is also a great travel destination for outdoor fall scenery. October through November is the best time for taking in the foliage. Learn about six spots for enjoying the leaves, and when to see them.

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Hiroshima - A Great Place to Enjoy Fall Leaves in Japan

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Hiroshima Prefecture is known to most travelers for Itsukushima Shrine, the Atomic Bomb Dome, and other history-filled places. Hiroshima offers visitors a variety of sightseeing options and an abundance of unique and delicious local cuisine.

In autumn, the prefecture transforms as reds, oranges, and yellow hues make their dazzling appearance on trees. Sightseeing is very pleasant, with cool temperatures and gorgeous natural scenery; this is an ideal destination to experience fall in Japan.

Hiroshima’s Fall Foliage Season

In Hiroshima Prefecture, the season to see autumn leaves is from late October until the middle of November. Please note this varies by weather conditions and area.

When planning a visit, keep in that the average temperature in November is about 12-13 °C. Even the high temperatures will rarely reach 20 °C, so bring a light jacket or cardigan to keep comfortable.

This article introduces recommended six areas where you can take in the autumn colors, and when to view the leaves at each spot. Continue reading to learn how to make the best out of this gorgeous season in Hiroshima.

1. Momijidani Park, Miyajima - Take in a Grand View of Fall Foliage

Momijidani Park

Picture courtesy of Hiroshima Prefecture

Momijidani Park is a picturesque park located at the foot of Misen Primeval Forest on Miyajima. There are approximately 700 momiji maple trees that bring thousands of visitors every year for momijigari (admiring autumn leaves) with their changing colors.

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

Nearby Mount Misen is accessible by a ropeway. To get to the top for the stunning view of Itsukushima Shrine's grand red torii gate in fall, take the Miyajima ropeway from Momijidani Station, just ten minutes away on foot from Momijidani Park. Get off at Shishi-Iwa Station and walk thirty minutes to the summit of Mt. Misen. The hike to the top is a one-of-a-kind experience, with the crisp fall temperatures and the bright leaves.

Return tickets for the ropeway are 1,800 yen for adults and 900 yen for children; the ropeway operates from 9:00 to 18:00 in November when you can best enjoy the autumn scenery.

Predicted Fall Leaf Viewing Time

You can see the fall leaves from the middle of November until the end of November.

Getting to Momijidani Park

Address: Hiroshima, Hatsukaichi, Miyajima, Momijidani
Google Map

Access: From the Miyajimaguchi Pier it’s a ten-minute boat ride to the Miyajima Ferry Terminal. Momijidani Park is around a 20-minute walk from the ferry terminal.

2. Taishakukyo Valley, Jinseki - Boat by Leaves in Northern Hiroshima

Taishakukyo Valley

Picture courtesy of Hiroshima Prefecture
Taishakukyo Valley, located in Hiroshima Prefecture’s northeastern area, is a famous ravine eighteen kilometers long, occupying the Taishakukyo River basin and Shinryu Lake. It is especially known for its stunning colors in fall, as the surrounding hillsides and mountains are reflected in the bright blue waters.

When you visit, try kayaking down the river, or riding a pleasure boat that takes visitors on a scenic forty-minute tour of Shinryu Lake. While on the boat, you can admire the nearby mountains from up-close.

The pleasure boat operates from 9:00 until 16:30, from mid-March to mid-December. Boats depart every thirty minutes and the fare is 1,500 yen for adults and 750 yen for children.

Kayaking is around 4,000 yen per person for ninety minutes (an advanced reservation made 2 days or more before the activity is required; please see the official website for details).

Predicted Fall Leaf Viewing Time

Guests can see the leaves from late October to the mid-November.

Getting to Taishakukyo

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

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.

Official Website: http://taishakukyo.com/

3. Buttsuji Temple, Mihara - View a Famous Fall Spot

Buttsuji Temple

Picture courtesy of Hiroshima Prefecture

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 many sightseeing visitors.

Also, in November the area is illuminated 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 around 300 yen for adults, and around 200 yen for students (junior high school and up). Elementary school students are admitted free of charge.

Predicted Fall Leaf Viewing Time

Guests can see the autumn foliage from early November to mid-November.

Getting to Buttsuji Temple

Address: Hiroshima, Mihara, Takasaka, Motoyama Google Map

Access: From Mihara Station take a bus headed for Buttsuji Temple and get off at the last stop. The trip takes about forty minutes. You can also take a bus headed for Buttsuji Temple from Hongo Station and get off at the final stop. It takes thirty minutes.

Official homepage: http://www.buttsuji.or.jp/ (Japanese)

4. Fudoin Temple, Hiroshima - Enjoy a Classic Japanese Autumn

Fudoin Temple

Picture courtesy of Hiroshima Prefecture

Fudoin Temple has a long history; the bronze statues here are thought to date 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.

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. This is

Predicted Fall Leaf Viewing Time

Visitors can see the foliage starting from the middle of November to the start of December.

Getting to Fudoin Temple

Address: Hiroshima, Higashi, Ushitashin 3-4-9
Google Map

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

Official Website: http://www.megaegg.ne.jp/~fudouin/index.html (Japanese)

5. Shukkeien Garden, Hiroshima - See Momiji Close to Public Transportation

Shukkeien Garden

Picture courtesy of Hiroshima Prefecture

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. The reflection of the leaves on the surface of the pond at Shukkeien is breathtakingly beautiful.

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 (last entry at 16:30). 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 fall leaves can be viewed starting from mid-November until early December.

Getting to Shukkeien

Address: Hiroshima, Naka, Kaminobori 2-11 Google Map

Access: Fifteen minutes on foot from Hiroshima Station.

Official Website: http://shukkeien.jp/

6. Kosanji Temple, Onomichi - Island Scenery and Fall Colors

Kosanji Temple

Kosanji is a Buddhist temple is in Onomichi, located on Ikuchijima Island. Visitors will find numerous designated national treasures on the grounds, like a 15-meter pagoda and 10-meter tall Buddha statue. In the fall, vivid red and yellow leaves. The combination of the historic structures and colors is a must-see.

In addition to momijigari, Kosanji Temple also has a museum to enjoy. Sculptures, paintings, and other centuries-old artifacts that date back to the Heian and Kamakura periods will dazzle visitors. There are also cultural events and festivals that occur regularly on the grounds.

Plan to spend an afternoon or morning here, taking in the stunning autumn scenery and rich history.

Predicted Fall Leaf Viewing Time

You can see autumn foliage from mid-November to early December.

Getting to Kosanji Temple

Address: Hiroshima, Onomichi, Setoda, Setoda 553-2
Google Map

Access: You must take a ferry to get to Ikuchijima Island, where Kosanji is located. It is most convenient to use a boat that leaves from Onomichi Port; take Setouchi Cruising and get off at Setoda. The ride is a little over 30 minutes.
Boats are limited, so please see the official schedule here.

Official Website: http://www.kousanji.or.jp/english/

Make the Most of Fall in Hiroshima!

The fall season brings numerous new ways to enjoy the picturesque scenery and different areas in Hiroshima. From famous Miyajima to lesser-known spots, this prefecture is full of enjoyment and new experiences to be had on the crisp temperature of autumn days.

Main image by pixta
Writer of original article: Kana Takezawa
*This is a revised version (2019) of an article that was written on October 1, 2017

Autumn leaves start changing from the north, beginning in the middle of September in Hokkaido. 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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