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Fall Hikes in Hyogo

In Japan, the change of leaves from green to red, orange, yellow is appreciated almost as much as the blooming of spring flowers. One of the best ways to view gorgeous fall foliage and other autumn views is by hiking. Hyogo Prefecture has a plethora of hiking spots to see fantastic fall sights.

Mt. Rokko

Just north of the heart of Kobe City is Mt. Rokko, a popular sightseeing spot with an elevation of just over 3,000 feet. The mountain range provides 18 hiking courses ranging from beginner to advanced, the easiest and most famous of which is via the Rokko Arima Ropeway. The view of the fall foliage from this ropeway is unmatched.

Kobe City Forest Botanical Garden

Another excellent spot to visit in autumn is the Kobe City Forest Botanical Garden. With over 350 acres, this garden has both typical Japanese trees and around 1,200 species of trees from all over the world. There are 5 courses ranging from beginner to intermediate in difficulty. At night, see the brilliant reds, oranges, and greens as the trees and other plants are lit up.

Takeda Castle Ruins

Rather than a fall foliage spot, Takeda

Castle Ruins are known for their beautiful

foggy fall views that give the spot the

nickname “Castle in the Sky.” Located in

Asago City, visitors can see unkai, or a sea

of clouds, surrounding the castle on early

November mornings. Unkai-seekers can

view this phenomenon from a neighboring mountain called Ritsuunkyo.

It is a relatively easy 25-minute hike up to

a lookout spot from a nearby parking lot.

Whether a beginner or expert hiker, visitors of all abilities can enjoy fall views in Hyogo Prefecture.


Please email us at if you have any questions about Hyogo Prefecture or the Kansai region.

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