Ablaze With Autumn Colors: Saijosan Park Momijiyama (Shiso City, Hyogo Prefecture)

The Maple Tree Forest Is Burning With The Colors Of Autumn!

The westernmost hill of Saijosan Park, located in central Shiso City, Hyogo Prefecture, is called Momijiyama. Selected as one of the Top 100 Autumn Color Spots in Japan, Momijiyama is known for being one of the region’s very best.

With Bentenike pond in the foreground, in this photo you can see the vibrant colors of the trees covering Momijiyama hill. Easily accessible, the area is just inside the west exit of the park.

And so the climb begins!

As there are more than 3,000 maple trees planted here, the entire hill is covered by this magnificent multicolored blanket of autumn colors. From beneath the canopy, it’s almost as if the skies are ablaze!

With the stunning combination of reds, yellows and oranges, Momijiyama is nothing short of an autumnal masterpiece!

Excellent Hilltop View

While the view from below is certainly beautiful, the view from atop the hill looking down on the scenery below is really something to behold!

Allowing everyone to easily reach the hilltop, a gentle promenade leads visitors up the otherwise steep hillside.

As you can see in the photo above, Momijiyama shows one of its most charming sides on the walk up the promenade.

Enjoying The View From A Gazebo

The gazebos and benches close to the hilltop are there for anyone to sit and relax for a while and soak up the view.

You can even find yourself a bench by the ridge to enjoy the fabulous autumnal hues all by yourself!

After you’ve finished enjoying the view from atop Momijiyama and descended the hill, booths and shops await with snacks and foods made with local ingredients, such as kashiwa-mochi, deep-fried chicken, yuzumiso-daikon, and chicken wings. 

Offering a stunning way to experience the blazingly vibrant scenery, Momijiyama is one of the Top 100 Autumn Color Spots in Japan. More than 3,000 Japanese maple trees and 400 more from all over the world make up the colorful crown of the hill, and visitors can try to spot the different trees on the climb up. The best time see the autumn colors is from mid-November to the end of the month.

※ Visitors arriving by car can use the temporary parking area in the city center and walk to the park. The short 10 minute-stroll takes you through the old cityscape and a variety of outdoor shops. (The parking lot at the park itself is for disabled drivers only.)

Saijosan Park Momijiyama
Address: Yamasakicho Motoyamasaki, Shiso City, Hyogo Prefecture
Tel: 0790-63-3000 (Shiso Tourism Association)
Entrance: Free
Parking: Available (donation of 500 yen per day for conservation of the area)
Peak period for autumn colors: Mid-November to the end of November

Setouchi Finder Photo-writer: Hironobu Matsuoka

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Hironobu Matsuoka

Hironobu Matsuoka

Hironobu Matsuoka / Photo-writer Born in 1974 in Nishinomiya, Hyogo Prefecture, and currently living there, Hironobu is the president of Mediapolis Inc. "I travel around the country in Solar King, an eco-camping car that has a solar power generator, and film the beautiful scenery of Japan in high-definition. I want to move around the country as much as possible and leave behind videos of precious Japanese nature and scenery for future generations to enjoy. Although I travel all over the country, I love my home area of Setouchi." 'Healing Japan TV' - Traveling virtually around the country through 'healing videos'.



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