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1. Minoh Falls
These falls have a height of 33m, and it’s considered one of Japan’s top 100 waterfalls. Every year from mid-November to early December the area around the falls become painted red with the colored maple leaves. They also hold an autumn festival, so many people visit during that period. The Japanese maple is especially beautiful during this season, so it’s a popular spot for people from Osaka.
HP: www.city.minoh.lg.jp (Japanese Only)
Address: Minoh Koen, Minoh-shi, Osaka (Google Map)
2. Osaka Castle Park
Osaka Castle Park, a tourism spot visited all year round, is especially great to visit during the foliage season. You can enjoy the changed colors of the gingko, cherry blossom, zelkova, wax, and other kinds of trees, and the best time to go is late November to mid-December. The eastern side of the park has a route around the outer circumference of a garden that’s about 1km that’s covered in gingko trees, so you can experience the scenery up close.
HP: osakacastlepark.jp (Japanese Only)
Address: 3-11 Osaka-jo, Chuo-ku, Osaka-shi, Osaka (Google Map)
Katsuoji is a temple of about 264,000 square meters that’s famous for good luck in challenges, and many people visit from around the world. You can enjoy different kinds of trees during the autumn season, including maple, ginkgo, and cherry blossom, and the sight is the best from mid-November to early December. On the weekends and holidays, they’re lit up at night, so you can enjoy an even more mystical atmosphere.
HP: www.katsuo-ji-temple.or.jp (中文)
HP: www.katsuo-ji-temple.or.jp (Japanese)
Address: 2914-1 Aomatani, Minoh-shi, Osaka (Google Map)
This is a very popular tourism spot in Osaka, and you can enjoy exquisite maple foliage here. The best time to see it is from early November to late November, and they also hold a autumn festival at that time. There are a number of waterfalls in the area, as well as rivers, mountains, temples, and shrines, so it’s a very popular spot where you can enjoy the foliage around different sights.
HP: www.city.kishiwada.osaka.jp (Japanese Only)
Address: 1178 Osawacho, Kishiwada-shi, Osaka (Google Map)
There’s a hiking course about 3km long on this mountain, so as you stroll you can enjoy the gorgeously colored maple trees. Nearby there are hot springs as well, so after you enjoy nature, you can relax in a hot bath. The best time to go is from mid-late August. There are also plenty of waterfalls, so between that and the hot springs, you can spend a full day here at your leisure.
HP: www.kankou-izumisano.jp (Japanese Only)
Address: Ogi, Izumisano-san, Osaka (Google Map)
6. Mt. Kongo
Mt. Kongo can be climbed by way of a ropeway that leaves you near the summit. From there you can hike surrounded by impressive nature. The scenery will take your breath away. The ropeway is slightly expensive, at 1420 yen for adults and 700 yen for children under elementary school age, but it’s worth paying for. The sight will stick with you.
HP: www.kongozan.com (Japanese Only)
Midosuji can be called Osaka’s main street, and it’s lined with trees that are very pretty in the fall. It’s about 4.2km long, and as you walk you can enjoy a different side of Osaka. Midosuji has been in the Guinness Book of World Records as the most lit-up tree-lined road, so it’s definitely something you should see personally!
Address: Osaka-shi, Osaka (Google Map)
8. Daisen Park
Daisen Park is home to a Japanese garden, a library, a peace tower, a museum, and other facilities within its wide grounds. It’s one of Japan’s top 100 historical parks. Since the trees are illuminated, you can always enjoy a different, mystical world. The lit-up trees reflected in the surface of the lake is bewitching. The best time to go is mid-November to early December.
HP: www.daisenteien.jp (Japanese)
Address: 2-204 Mozusekiuncho, Sakai-ku, Sakai-shi, Osaka (Google Map)