The 4 Best Autumn Foliage Spots in ENN

The periods mentioned below are the average peak times. They may be delayed this year due to warm temperatures.  

Kono-ji Temple & Forest Park Konoyama

For Families, Near Highway

MID NOV - LATE NOV

This old temple is situated on Mount Kono, an only 15-minute drive away from Konoguchi Exit of Meihan National Highway. The mountain is an outdoor park called “Forest Park Konoyama”, so kids can enjoy more than just seeing autumn views such as feeding adorable sheep (at Mee Mee Farm), woodwork (at Mokko-kan) and fabric craft making (at Yomo-kan). Don't forget to stop by the restaurant “Eizanko”, where you can enjoy good food and panoramic views.

Konoguchi (神野口) exit of Meihan National Highway Forest Park Konoyama: Yomo-kan parking lot Walk up to Kono-ji Temple Kono-ji Temple Observatory Walk back to Yomo-kan parking lot Mee-Mee Farm & Yomo-kan Yomo-kan parking lot Eizanko
Please be aware that some roads are very narrow.
Hours
Yomo-kan: 9:30 am - 16:30 pm (Check-in by 3:30 pm)
Mee-Mee Farm: 9:30 am - 4:30 pm
Eizanko: 10:00 am - 4:00 pm
The facilities close on Wednesdays. (If a national holiday falls on Wednesday, the facility will be closed the subsequent Thursday)

 

Nabari-Soni Scenic Route

Scenic Drive

EARLY NOV - LATE NOV

This is one of the most popular scenic drives in the Kansai region. Starting from Nabari downtown, you first see a collaboration of a blue lake and colorful autumn leaves. As you drive, you will be enjoying the change of scenery––dramatic rock formations of Kaochidani Valley.

The route is leading you to Soni, which has been declared as one of the most beautiful villages in Japan. In Soni, the must-see spot is Soni Highland, which offers magnificent views of silver pampas grass in the daylight, gold at the dusk. If you have time, we recommend you going to Byobuiwa Sheer Cliffs. As the name Byobuiwa shows (it means ‘folding screen rock’ in Japanese), you will see 200 meters (650 feet) of a rock wall with colorful leaves at its bottom.

There are some nice cafes and restaurants on the way, so it's a good idea to fill your stomach with delicious food made with locally grown vegetables.

Shorenji Lake Observatory Shorenji Lake Woodland Restaurant Arch Kaochidani Valley Soni Highland Soni Plateau Farm Garden Byobuiwa Sheer Cliffs
Please be aware that some roads are very narrow.

 

Muro-ji Temple

Historic Site / Accessible by Public Transport

EARLY NOV - EARLY DEC

Niomon Gate / 仁王門

One of the most famous temples in Nara Prefecture, Muro-ji attracts the most people during the autumn foliage season. You will get the best of both worlds––appreciating the ancient history of Japan and flaming colored leaves! 

Muroguchiono Station Take Bus to Muro-ji Muro-ji Temple

Address
78 Muro, Uda City, Nara Prefecture

Hours
8:30 AM to 5:00 PM (April to November)
9:00 AM to 4:00 PM (December to March)

Illumination Hours
5:00 PM to 8:00 PM (Nov 9, 10, 15, 16, 17, 21, 22, 23, 24/Enter by 7:30 PM)

Admission fee
Adults: 600 yen
Children (age 12 and under): 400 yen

Public transportation
Get off at Muroguchiono (室生口大野) station, take a bus bound for Muro-ji (室生寺) and get off at the final stop. Walk for 5 minutes.
For the bus timetable, please check here.

Parking
Available

More links
Muro-ji Temple Travel Guide #1
Muro-ji Temple Travel Guide #2

 

Akame 48 Waterfalls

Hiking Trail / Accessible by Public Transport

EARLY NOV - LATE NOV

Akame 48 Waterfalls, a top-rated hiking destination in the ENN area, becomes outstandingly beautiful in fall, surrounded with colorful leaves. You can either take a full trip to the end of the trail or hike halfway to relax at the rest area.

Akameguchi Station Take Bus to Akametaki Akame 48 Waterfalls Trailhead Akame 48 Waterfalls

Address
861-1 Akame-cho Nagasaka, Nabari City, Mie Prefecture

Hours
8:30 AM to 5:00 PM (April to November) 9:00 AM to 4:30 PM (December to March)

Entrance fee
Adults: 500 yen Children (age 15 and under): 250 yen

Public transportation
Take the Kintetsu-Osaka line to Akameguchi station (赤目口), then take a bus to the entrance of the falls, Akametaki (赤目滝). The bus costs 360 yen one way (180 yen for children). Taxis from the station are also available: 1,500yen - 2,000yen

More link
The best short hike in Kansai

 

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