Updated： November 07, 2018
A Day-Trip To See The Autumn Leaves In Osaka
Osaka is an amazing city to visit for a short getaway from busy work in Tokyo. Here are some popular fall foliage spots.
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Autumn In Osaka
Osaka is the second largest hub city with businesses centers after Tokyo in Japan. There are some popular attractions such as Universal Studio Japan (USJ), Dotonbori, Osaka Castle, and Osaka Aquarium. And, their Kansai dialect (関西弁) is also interesting to hear and a distinctive feature of the Osakan culture. You can easily commute to Osaka through overnight buses, trains, flights or bullet trains.
Autumn Foliage Spots 2018
The season to view autumn leaves in Osaka is from early to late November. However, certain places such as Osaka Castle and Minoo Waterfall will probably last till Early December.
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Osaka Castle (Osaka-jo) is one of the most iconic landmarks in Japan. It is a castle built in 1597 by Toyotomi Hideyoshi, and is modeled after the Himeji Castle built by Oda Nobunaga. In history, the building has been attacked and destroyed a few times. The current building has recently undergone a major renovation to keep its shape. Inside the building, it has a fascinating view from the top floor.
Minoo Park is known as a quasi-national park and one of Japan's oldest parks. There is a waterfall, trekking trails, and temples in the park. You can either ride a train to Minoo Station (箕面駅) via the Hankyu-Minoo Line or a bus via a Hankyu bus. The park itself is free to enter. The famous bridge is just 5 minutes away from the entrance. But, you might want to slow down a little after that, because the great Minoo Waterfall is a 40-minute walk by foot. Take your time to embrace nature and visit some temples on your way to the waterfall.
Daisen Park is very spacious as the land takes up to approximately 35 hectares. It is a Japanese garden located between two tombs, the Tomb of Emperor Nintoku (仁徳天皇陵古墳) and the Tomb of Emperor Richu (履中天皇陵古墳). There is a museum, a Japanese garden, a Japanese Tearoom, a restaurant, and a bonsai exhibition inside the park. The entrance fee is 200 yen for adults and 100 yen children. It is good to spend some time strolling inside after a meal. The park is located a 15-minute walk from Mozu Station.
Maple Leaf Tempura!?
Not even joking here. It is an autumn snack that you can only have in Osaka. They planted the maple trees at a farm and pluck the leaves one-by-one to turn it into a delicacy. That's right! The leaves are not picked from the ground. Because the stem of the fallen maple leaves that turned red are thicker and tend to be too hard after cooking. Therefore, only yellowish leaves can be used for the tempura. The batter is made out of coarse sugar, flour, and sesame seeds. It is said that they become much more delicious after being left overnight.
Check out what you can do in Osaka after seeing the fall foliage.
- Coffee addict. Often hangs around with friends and family for great foods, desserts and cafes.
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