From the end of the hot summer to the beginning of the fall foliage, pretty flowers bloom beautifully under the fresh blue sky. There are many colorful and beautiful sights unique to this season.
In addition to introducing typical autumn flowers and plants, we will also introduce autumn flower spots in the Kansai region. The best time to see the flowers is only a guide, so please check the web before you go.
The cosmos is a typical Japanese autumnal flower. Blooming in the autumn sky, swaying gently in the wind, cosmos make a magnificent sight when planted in clusters. They come in a variety of colors, including pink, red, white, and yellow.
Hannya-ji Temple is known as a temple where flowers bloom from season to season. It is especially famous for its cosmos in autumn and is nicknamed “Cosmos Temple”. About 150,000 cosmos trees of 30 different varieties are planted, and when they are in full bloom, the cosmos flowers look as if they are enveloping the old hall and stone Buddha, creating a charming atmosphere.
Glittering glass cubes of cosmos are placed here and there in the precincts of the temple. These glass squares are decorated with cosmos flowers floating in water, looking like jewels.
221, Hannyaji-cho, Nara [MAP]
Transfer from Osaka Namba Station on the Hanshin Namba Line to the Kintetsu Nara Line and go to Kintetsu Nara Staition.
8-minute walk from Kintetsu Nara Station.
Take the Nara Kotsu Bus and get off at the Hannya-ji stop.
It's a 3-minute walk from there.
（HYOGO・AMAGASAKI）Mukogawa Hige no watashi cosmos garden
The Mukogawa Hige no watashi cosmos garden was established in 2003. The riverbed, which was once in disrepair, has been transformed into a magnificent cosmos garden through the efforts of local residents. It has now become a well-known cosmos garden, attracting many visitors every year.
From mid-October to mid-November, when the cosmos are in full bloom, a carpet of approximately 5.5 million brightly colored cosmos will spread over the riverbed. The park is scheduled to open on October 21, 2023.
2-20, Tsunematsu, Amagasaki-shi, Hyogo [MAP]
Take the Hanshin bus from Hankyu Kobe Line Mukonoso Station
and alight at Nishikoya and 5-minute walk.
Take the Hanshin bus from Hankyu Main Line Amagasaki Station
and alight at Nishikoya and 5-minute walk.
The cosmos garden was started by flower enthusiasts about 30 years ago, and is a popular cosmos viewing spot that attracts many tourists and photographers from within and outside of the prefecture. The handmade, warm space and atmosphere are also attractive.
About one million cosmos bloom all over the approximately 1 hectare park. Visitors can take pictures of themselves completely enveloped by the tall cosmos, which are about the height of an adult.
Kochia is a unique and lovely plant with a fluffy appearance that multiplies very well. At first it is green, but in autumn its leaves turn red, a very vivid and beautiful red. The kochia at the National Hitachi Seaside Park in Ibaraki Prefecture is a popular sightseeing spot in autumn. The kochia trees growing in clusters over a large area are a spectacular sight.
（OSAKA）Expo '70 Commemorative Park
Since 2022, about 4,000 kochia plants have been planted in Osaka’s Expo ’70 Commemorative Park on the hill of flowers, and as of the end of September, they are gradually changing color. This fall, the “Cosmos Kochia Festa” will be held from October 1 to October 30, where visitors can enjoy autumn flowers.
We are looking forward to seeing the kochia that have grown so well over the summer turn bright red when autumn arrives. There are three cute little brothers and sisters hiding among the kochia in Expo ’70 Commemorative Park.
The largest kochia field in the Kansai region is sure to become a new landmark!
1-1, Senribanpakukoen, Suita, Osaka [MAP]
From Hankyu Kyoto Line Minami-ibaraki Station or Hankyu Takarazuka Line Hotarugaike Station, transfer over to the Osaka Monorail and go to Bampaku-kinen-koen Station. It's a 7-minute walk from there.
Let's go a little further afield.（SHIGA）Biwako Hakodateyama
Biwako Hakodateyama in Shiga can be enjoyed as a ski resort in winter. In summer and fall, numerous seasonal flowers delight visitors. Hakodateyama Kochia Park has 6,000 kochia trees planted along its slopes.
Not only kochia but also colorful flowers are in full bloom and the park is filled with flowers.
Hakodateyama is reached by gondola with a view of Lake Biwa. From the terrace with chairs on the observation deck, where a large panorama spreads out, you can see Lake Biwa and the flower garden below.
Dahlias have great presence and power! Their large, bright flowers make their surroundings pop with color. They are popular not only for bouquets and arrangements, but also for gardening. The flowers come in a great variety of blooming styles, colors, and shapes.
（HYOGO・TAKARAZUKA）Takarazuka Dahlia Garden
At Takarazuka Dahlia Garden, about 20,000 dahlias of 50 varieties are grown, and visitors can appreciate the colorful red, yellow, pink, and other flowers. The northern part of Takarazuka City is one of the largest dahlia bulb-producing areas in Japan, and the dahlia has been recognized as Takarazuka’s city flower.
Dahlias bloom twice a year, in summer and fall. Takarazuka Dahlia Garden will be open for a limited time from mid-July to early August in summer and from early October to early November in fall. (Scheduled for October 1 – November 3, 2022. No closed days during the period)
Kamisasori Kogakiuchi, Takarazuka, Hyogo [MAP]
From Hankyu Takarazuka Line Takarazuka Station,
transfer over to JR Fukuchiyama Line and go to Takedao Station.
Take the Hankyu Bus and get off at the Kamisasori stop.
It's a short walk away.
（HYOGO・KAWANISHI）Kurokawa Dariya Garden
Kurokawa, Kawanishi City is located in the northernmost part of Kawanishi City and has been selected as one of the “100 best Nihon-no-sato” areas. The Kurokawa Dariya Garden is located at the foot of a nature-rich satoyama. It is operated by a local farmer.
The Dariya Garden is adjacent to the Chimei Lake Campground. Approximately 1,000 dahlias of about 300 varieties are planted near the campground.
The cool morning and evening temperatures make the flowers even more beautiful. Why don’t you come and see the gorgeous flowers blooming in the peaceful satoyama?
389, Ochiai, Kurokawa, Kawanishi, Hyogo [MAP]
From Hankyu Takarazuka Line Kawanishi-noseguchi Station,
transfer over to the Nose Railway Line and go to Myokenguchi Station.
Take the Hankyu Bus and get off at the Kurokawa stop.
It's a 20-minute walk from there.
The number of rose varieties is very large, ranging from 30,000 to 100,000 and even more. These flowers bloom twice a year, in spring and fall, and delight us with their many varieties and colors, including white, red, pink, yellow, and blue.
（HYOGO・ITAMI）Aramaki Rose Park
About 250 varieties of roses from around the world, 10,000 of them, bloom and fragrance the entire 1.7 hectare area of the garden. The “Amatsu Otome” and “Madame Viollet,” both born in Itami, are world-famous.
The antique brick masonry plantings, columns, and white walls give the building a Southern European atmosphere and enhance the beauty of the roses.
（OSAKA）Nakanoshima Rose Garden
Located between the Dojima River and the Tosabori River, this is one of the best places in Osaka for roses. The “Rose Path” along the river and the rose garden are filled with 3,700 roses of about 310 varieties, including modern roses and English roses.
Located one stop from Osaka Umeda Station, the park is surrounded by buildings and colorful roses. You can buy a box lunch and eat it in the park, or there is a café with terrace seating on the opposite side of the rose garden where you can overlook the entire rose garden.
Nearby are “Nakanoshima Children’s Book Forest,” an architecture by Tadao Ando, and “Osaka City Central Public Hall,” popular for its retro architecture, making it possible to enjoy the surrounding spots along with sightseeing in the Nakanoshima Rose Garden.
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Autumn in Japan is the season of colored leaves, but there are many other places where you can enjoy autumn flowers and plants. Autumn is the perfect season to go out. Enjoy the beautiful autumn scenery that can only be seen at this time of year!