When Is The Best Time To See The Autumn Colors??
It’s time to go out and see the autumn colors, so I’m going to introduce 6 great places in the Bingo area (Kasaoka – Mihara City) worth visiting.
Mihara City’s Two Highly Recommended Spots
The first one is Sankei-en, a wonderfully elegant garden that really captures the essence of Hiroshima Prefecture. To see its vibrant autumn colors, the best time to come is from the beginning of November. An autumn colors festival is held from November 5th to the 20th.
Address: 64-20 Hongocho Zennyuji, Mihara City, Hiroshima Prefecture
Entrance fee: Adults 310 yen, junior high school children and younger 160 yen.
The second place in Mihara, Buttsu-ji temple, is known as the most prominent Zen-Buddhism dojo in Japan. A lot of visitors come during the fall to see the autumn colors. As it’s actually easier to see it from outside the grounds than inside, there is enough space for everyone who wants to come. The peak time is mid-November.
Address: 22 Takasakacho Motoyama, Mihara city, Hiroshima Prefecture
Entrance fee: Adults 300 yen, students in junior high school or older 200 yen, elementary school children or younger free-of-charge.
Shobara City’s Recommended Spot
The most recommended place to see the autumn colors in Shobara City is the Taishaku Valley. It’s also one of the top 100 greatest scenic spots in Japan. The best time to see the autumn colors is at the beginning of November. You can enjoy the scenery from Onbashi bridge, or from anywhere else along this long valley.
The Taishaku Valley
Address: Shobara City to Jinseki Takahara, Hiroshima Prefecture
Fuchu City’s Recommended Spot
The recommended spot in Fuchu City is a popular triple-waterfall called Saburo-no-Taki. In the fall, the area is painted in vibrant autumn hues, and as the leaves wither and fall the water and ground get covered in a colorful blanket of leaves.
Address: 90 Saburomaru, Fuchu City, Hiroshima Prefecture
Shimanami’s Recommended Spot
The recommended spot along the Shimanami Kaido expressway is Kousan-ji temple on Ikuchi Island. The best time to see the autumn colors here is from mid-November to the beginning of December. An autumn colors festival is being held from November 19th to December 4th. The deep red blanket of autumn colors covering the temple makes it even more charming than usual.
Address: 553-2 Setodacho Setoda, Onomichi City, Hiroshima Prefecture
Entrance fee: Adults 1400 yen, university students 1000 yen, high school students 800 yen, junior high school students and younger free-of-charge, seniors 65 years and older 1200 yen.
Open: 9:00 – 17:00
Fukuyama City’s Recommended Spot
Shinshozen-ji temple is the recommended spot to see autumn colors in Fukuyama City.
In the middle of the majestic garden there’s a large pond with a teahouse and a bathhouse, among other things. Recently, the garden has been getting even more attention due to the addition of the art pavilion Kotei. As an extra treat for visitors, every Saturday and Sunday in November it is illuminated at night. The best time to visit is mid-November.
Address: 91 Numakumacho Oaza Kamisanna, Fukuyama City, Hiroshima Prefecture
Open: 9:00 – 17:00
Entrance fee: Adults 1200 yen, students in high school or university 900 yen, junior high school students 500 yen, elementary school students or younger free-of-charge.
※Autumn Colors Illumination
Open: Saturdays & Sundays in November, 18:00 – 21:00 (Last entrance 20:30)
Admission: 700 yen
I hope you find these autumn spots in the Bingo area inspiring, and that you have a great time going out and seeing the autumn colors for yourself!
Setouchi Finder Photo-writer: Yusuke Minami
Yusuke Minami I was born in 1981 in Kagoshima and currently live in Fukuyama City. I used to work as a management staff member in the world of pro-wrestling. At that time, I travelled around a lot, then one day I was in Fukuyama City, Hiroshima Prefecture and I saw the Tomono Ura scenery. I immediately fell in love and moved to Fukuyama. Since 2013, I have been working as a chiropractor and representative at Shin-Sakamoto Chiropractic at the Fukuyama Korono World mall. As a sideline, I also run the Bingo no Machikado Shashin - a site dedicated to showing the world the charms of the Bingo area. http://bingo-fukuyama.com
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