Autumn Course

Autumn Course

Explore the history and admire autumn leaves of Aki Region

Morning: City Sightseeing

Hiroshima station

Walking or Hiroden streetcar

Shukkei-en

Shukkei-en was created in 1620 as a villa for Asano Nagaakira, a feudal lord of Hiroshima at that time. It has a serene atmosphere despite its location of central area of Hiroshima city. The name of the park means to assemble variety of scenery ("kei" meaning scenery), and represent them in a compact garden ("shuku" meaning to compact). The park was designated as National Scenic Beauty in 1940. The park is just 1.4 kilometers away from the burst point and inside the park stands a cenotaph for bomb victims and a big ginkgo tree which has survived the bomb. Maple leaf festival is held in autumn (late November). This is the place to appreciate marvelous colored leaves and beauty of Japanese garden.

  • Shukkei-en (Japanese-style garden)

Walking

Hiroshima Castle (City Sightseeing)

Hiroshima Castle is a typical Japanese flatland castle built by warring lord Mori Motonari at the end of 16th century. The castle tower was designated as National Treasure in 1931, which was burnt down by the atomic bomb and reconstructed in part in 1958. Today it has become a historical museum to feature Samurai culture. Popular traditional costume corner allows visitors to dress themselves in full armor and have their pictures taken.Click to see the detail.

  • Hiroshima Castle

Walking and bus

Hiroshima station

Afternoon: move to Miyajima Island

Hiroshima station

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Miyajima-guchi Station

Ferry

Miyajima-sanbashi Pier

Walking

Itsukushima Shrine

Miyajima Island has been worshipped since ancient times as "the island where God dwells". Being one of the three best views in Japan, "Aki no Miyajima" is widely known. Itsukushima Shrine, standing against beautiful green background of Miyajima, was designated as World Heritage site in 1996. Floating shrine buildings and vermillion colored torii gate are bold and exquisite, worthy of its position as one of the best shrines in Japan. Itsukushima Shrine was built as it looks today in 12th century by Taira no Kiyomori. 16-meter-high vermillion lacquered torii gate (Important Cultural Property) is one of three major toriis in Japan.Click to see the detail.

  • Miyajima
Daishoin Temple

Daishoin Temple has the oldest history among all the temples in Miyajima. It is said to have been built by Kobo Daishi who came to Miyajima and practiced asceticism at Mt. Misen. Daishoin Temple is the center of Buddhism in Miyajima. The temple houses several Buddhist images including famous 11-headed Kannon Bosatsu (which has 11 faces) in Main Hall, and attracts about 500 thousand worshippers throughout the year. The garden is famous for its fine views. In autumn maple trees turn colors and visitors can feel attractiveness of tranquil Daishoin Temple as opposed to brilliant Itsukushima Shrine. Click to see the detail.

  • Daishoin Temple
Reference: Miyajima

Walking

Ropeway bus (*running from the back of Itsukushima Shrine every 20 minutes)

Ropeway (Momijidani Station to Shishiiwa Station)

Hiking Mt. Misen (Ropeway Shishiiwa Station ~ mountaintop ~ Ropeway Shishiiwa Station. Total 1 hour)

Mt. Misen is 535 meters above sea level, being the highest place in Miyajima Island and has been worshipped since old days. Untouched "Misen Primeval Forest" was included as World Heritage site in 1996 together with Itsukushima Shrine. There are various plants grown and wild deer living in this rich virgin forest of Mt. Misen and hikers have chances to watch wild birds of many species. Near the top of the mountain sit bizarre stones and mysterious rocks with unique shapes. There are other interesting places such as shrines and temples with long history, and the "eternal flame" which has never gone out for 1,200 years. From the top of the mountain visitors are afforded a sweeping view of dotted islands in a panorama of Seto Inland Sea. You can check out the model course of Mt. Misen on the below web page. Click to see the detail.

Ropeway(Shishiiwa Station ~ Momijidani Park)

Momijidani Park

This park is one of the most popular places to view autumn leaves in Hiroshima. The park extends along Momijidani River running from Mt. Misen. It is said the park was first developed and planted with maple trees in Edo period. The beautiful garden is created with special care for security and natural environment by local gardeners in Hiroshima. They never cut trees and use only rocks from local area without trimming or cutting. Every year from middle to late November, 200 maple trees change colors all at once and come into the best season.

  • Momijidani Park

Walking

Miyajima-sanbashi Pier

Ferry

Miyajima-guchi

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