Autumn Leaves at Buttsuji Temple in Hiroshima

autumn leaves at buttsuji temple

Ohayo gozaimasu. Misuta Wada desu…oui. Autumn has come! Like I’ve introduced autumn leaf spots in Kyoto before, this season is as popular as spring because of it and I would like to share more ideas for places to visit. Autumn leaves at Buttsuji Temple in Mihara City is one of the best spots in Hiroshima.

Autumn Leaves at Buttsuji Temple in Hiroshima

It is a bit far from city centre. However, its beautiful scenery often gets featured on magazines and TV, and it has many visitors especially at this time of the year. The temple lights it up at night for autumn leaves early to late November. It’s best to get there early evening and enjoy the differences with light-up.

autumn leaves at buttsuji temple

 

Access

22 Takasakachō Motoyama, Mihara-shi, Hiroshima

By public transportation
From JR Mihara Station/JR Hongo Station
Catch a Geiyo bus to Buttsuji and get off at the last stop. (it takes about 40 minutes)
*Either way takes 30-40 minutes)

By car
Get off highway at Mihara-kui and drive down for 15 minutes.
or
Get off highway at Hongo and drive down for 40 minutes.

 

Website

http://www.buttsuji.or.jp

 

Gallery

On the way (from parking)

I suggest you get there before evening. You gotta walk a bit from the parking (if driving) but the path to the temple is quite enjoyable.

autumn leaves at buttsuji temple

 

Buttsuji Temple (before light-up)

Here we come. It’s already beautiful without light-up but to see differences you may want to check it out before the sun goes down.

autumn leaves at buttsuji temple

 

Buttsuji Temple (with light-up)

As it gets dark, it shows true beauty. I didn’t expect much to autumn leaves but wow, I love this place. Contrast of the leaves, light-up and the lanterns are amazing.

autumn leaves at buttsuji temple

 

Lastly

How do you find it? We would love to continue looking for autumn leaf spots. Please share your favorite places with us!

See you around!

Active Volcanoes of Owakudani in Hakone

Owakudani in Hakone

Ohayou Gozaimasu! It’s Mr. Wada back on duty Desu. I would like to share our trip to Owakudani in Hakone town this time, which is a volcanic valley. The Hakone Free Pass includes a transportation fee to this place.

Getting to Owakudani in Hakone

Hakone Tozan Cable Car to Sounzan

owakudani in hakone
There’s already a long lineup! (10 AM)
  1. Catch a Hakone Tozan cable car at Gora Station. (Gora Station is accessible by either bus or Hakone Tozan train.)
  2. Get off at Sounzan Station.

Tip:
As you see the picture above, it gets really busy as people come together. I definitely suggest to get to Gora Station early unless you want to wait in the long line. (The first cable car leaves at around 7:40 AM).

Reference: Hakone Tozan Cable Car

 

Hakone Ropeway to Owakudani

owakudani in hakone

  1. Transfer to a Hakone Ropeway at Sounzan Station.
  2. Get off at Owakudani Station.

 

Things to Do in Owakudani

owakudani in hakone

Here it comes! You could smell very strong sulfur already. I kinda like this boiled-egg smell though. It reminds me of Beppu City in Kyushu really. Amazing. Now what? Here are things to do that I recommend.

 

Take a closer look at the Eruption(s)

owakudani in hakone

 

Eat Black Eggs

owakudani in hakone

Just like boiled eggs in Beppu, eggs cooked by heat from Owakudani are available at a store nearby. It is believed that having a single black egg adds extra 7 years to your life. I had two so I’ve got additional 14? Hope it does. Hehe.

 

Visit Hakone Geo Museum

owakudani in hakone

This Geo museum displays history of Owakudani and Hakone town. As I mentioned in the previous post, Hakone is made by calderas right? Seeing what really happened here millions of years ago, it’s just like a miracle. Unfortunately, camera is not allowed inside the museum.

 

Watch Mt. Fuji

owakudani in hakone

If the weather is good, you could see the Mt. Fuji from Owakudani. Unfortunately, this day though we were not able to see the peak! Too bad but there is nothing we can do with nature.

 

Lastly

How do you find Owakudani in Hakone? The cable car for going back is also busy. Check schedule and don’t miss the last ropeway.

See you around!

You may be interested in these as well.
Travel by Hakone Free Pass!
Pirate-ship ride on Lake Ashi
Hakone Sekisho
– Beautiful Views of Mt. Fuji from Otome Toge Fujimi-Chaya
– Hike on Mt. Kintoki in Hakone



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