Best Autumn Foliage Spots in ENN

Blessed with rich nature, East Nara Nabari attracts the most visitors in autumn, the season you can enjoy beautiful colored leaves. On this page, we'll introduce our pick of autumn foliage spots for 2021, along with facilities and stores in the area.

・The best times to visit mentioned below are the average peak times.
・Please check the operating days and hours before you visit the store.
・Please note: Events may be canceled or stores and facilities may be closed depending on the COVID-19 situation.

Kaochidani Valley - Soni Highland Scenic Route

Driving & Cycling

The Nabari-Soni Line, which runs from Shorenji in Nabari City, Mie, to Soni Village, Nara, via Kaochidani Valley, is one of the most beautiful driving routes in Kansai.
Let's start off by enjoying some delicious sweets at ARCH SHORENJI, located near Shorenji Lake. The route runs along the reservoir lake, and after passing it, you will see soaring sheer cliffs covered with red and yellow trees along the river. Then the route takes you to Soni Village. Soni Highland, famous for its silver grass covering the land, is a must-visit spot in autumn.
After the visit to the highland, you can stop by at Farm Garden. They sell sweets, craft beer, fresh vegetables, and other souvenirs.
More about Kaochidani Valley  |  More about Soni Highland  |  More about Farm Garden

Kaochidani Valley
Soni Highland
News
“Yamaakari” Lantern illumination takes place at Soni Highland until November 23. 
Best time to visit
Kaochidani: Early November to late November
Soni Highland: Late September - Late November
Recommended route
ARCH SHORENJI Shorenji Lake Kaochidani Valley Soni Highland Farm Garden
Parking
ARCH SHORENJI: available / Soni Highland: available (paid) / Farm Garden: available
Related links
Nabari Tourism Guide (JP) ARCH SHORENJI Farm Garden (JP)

 

Kono-ji Temple & Forest Park Konoyama

Religious Site  / Family / Near Highway

Kono-ji Temple is located on Mt. Kono, about a 15-minute drive from the Meihan Expressway. In autumn, the mountain paths and gates are decorated with red maple trees. The entire mountain is designated as an outdoor park called Forest Park Konoyama, which offers fun activities, especially for children. You can visit the popular spot Mee Mee Farm and play with sheep after you visit to the temple. There is a place to eat, too. At Café Restaurant Eizanko, you can enjoy dishes made with local ingredients while looking out the window at the panoramic scenery.
More about Kono-ji Temple  |  More about Forest Park Konoyama

Kono-ji Temple in Fall

News
Saturday, Sunday and holidays from November 3 to 23: Sheep Fest is held at Mea Mea Farm.
Best time to visit
Mid to late November
Recommended route
Konoguchi Exit of Meihan Expressway Kono-ji Temple Café Restaurant Eizanko Mee Mee Farm
Parking
Available
Related links
Forest Park Konoyama (JP/ machine translation) Café Restaurant Eizanko (JP)

 

Niukawakami Shrin to Hingashi no Taki Falls

Religious Site

Enjoy the autumn colors around Niukawakami Shrine, a historic shrine in Higashiyoshino Village. The foliage continues along the Takami River that flows in front of the shrine. Walking 5 minutes and you get to Hingashi no Taki falls, where you see breathtaking scenery with the contrast of the clear blue water and the blazing colored leaves.
After enjoying autumn colors, why not take a break at a stylish cafe?
More about Niukawakami Shrine  |  More about Hingashi no Taki Falls

紅葉の丹生川上神社 / Niu-Kawakami Jinja in autumn

News
November 12-14:Hingashi no Taki Falls is illuminated.
Best time to visit
Mid-November to early December
Recommended route
Niukawakami Shrine Hingashi-no-taki Falls Utsugi (open only on Fri, Sat, Sun and holidays only) or Little Oven (open Thurs, Fri, Sat only)
Parking
Niukawakami Shrine: available (paid) Utugi: available / Little Oven: available
Related links
Niukawakami Shrine (JP)   / Utsugi (JP) / Little Oven

 

室生寺

Religious site / accessible by public transport

Known as Women's Koya, Murou-ji Temple is the most crowded with people during the autumn foliage season. The fiery red maples that decorate the temple grounds and the pagoda are a sight to behold. Appreciating the colorful leaves and immersing yourself in history is a unique way to enjoy autumn at Murou-ji Temple. There are many stairs at the Temple, so it may be a good idea to have lunch before entering the gate.
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Niomon Gate / 仁王門

News
From October 23 to December 5, autumn edition goshuin (red seals) is available (limited to 2,000 seals, fee: 500 yen/seal).
November 20-23: Illumination takes place from 5 pm to 7 pm.
Best time to visit
Early November to early December
Access
Kintetsu Muroguchiono Station (室生口大野) Take the bus to Murou-ji (室生寺)  Hashimotoya Murou-ji Temple
Parking
Available (paid)
Entrance fee
Adults 600 yen / Children 400 yen
Related links
Murou-ji Temple Hashimotoya (JP)   / Bus timetable

 

Kasuga Shrine at Tsuchiyahara, Maruyama Park and Himeshi Myojin

Religious Sites

During the autumn foliage season, the grounds of Kasuga Shrine at Tsuchiyahara (one of the two Kasuga Shrines in the village) are covered with a carpet of golden ginkgo leaves. It is said that if you find a leaf that is curled up, you will be happy.
About a 10-minute drive from the shrine is a rest area, Michi-no-Eki Ise Honkaido Mitsue, where you can enjoy meals using local ingredients at the attached Restaurant Yamazakura. They also offer a menu using river fish and game meat.
After lunch, go to Maruyama Park, another spot for viewing autumn colors, near the border between Nara and Mie prefectures. It is famous for its mountain cherry blossoms in spring, but you can see the beautifully colored leaves in autumn. And don't forget to visit Himeshi Myojin, a little place of nature worship next to the park. Once you step inside the space, you will be overwhelmed by its mysterious atmosphere.
On the way back, you can swing by the rest area again to relax at the Hot Spring, Himeshi-no-yu.
More about Kasuga Shrine at Tsuchiyahara  |  More about Maruyama Park  |  More about Himeshi MyojinMore about Michi-no-Eki Ise Honkaido Mitsue

春日神社(土屋原)のラッパイチョウ / Ginkgo tree at Kasuga Shrine
Kasuga Shrine at Tsuchiyahara
Best time to visit
Mid to late November
Recommended route
Kasuga Shrine at Tsuchiyahara Michi-no-Eki Ise Honkaido Mitsue Maruyama Park & Himeshi Myojin
Parking
Kasuga Shrine at Tsuchiyahara: available / Michi-no-Eki Ise Honkaido Mitsue: available / Maruyama Park: available
Related links
Michi-no-Eki Ise Honkaido Mitsue (JP)  

 

Akame 48 Waterfalls

Hiking / Family / Accessible by public transport

Akame 48 Waterfalls in Autumn

Akame 48 Waterfalls is one of the top-ranked hiking spots in the Kansai area and is crowded with many families, hikers, and photo enthusiasts during the autumn foliage season. You can relax in the middle of the hiking route while looking at the colorful leaves, or you can complete the course to the end, or you can experience ninja training in the Ninja Forest. The area near the trailhead will be illuminated with bamboo lanterns from October 23, 2021, to January 31, 2022.
Learn more

News
October 23 - January 31: Bamboo Lantern Illumination takes place.
Best time to visit
Early to late November
Access
Kintetsu Akameguchi Station (赤目口) Take the bus to Akametaki (赤目滝) Akame 48 Waterfalls trailhead & Japan Salamander Center Akame 48 Waterfalls
Parking
Available (paid)
Entrance fee
Adults: 500 yen (+100 yen for illumination) / Children: 250 yen (+50 yen for illumination)
Related links
Akame 48 Waterfalls official website Bus timetable
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