Miyajima is famous for Itsukushima Shrine and its Great Torii Gate that both look like they’re floating on the sea when the tide is high.
But Miyajima is also famous for fall colors.
In fall, you can find beautifully colored foliage with shrines, temples and traditional old town houses in the background everywhere on the island.
Every fall, lots of Japanese tourists visit Miyajima to enjoy fall colors.
As of November 2019, the Great Torii Gate is in renovation until somewhere in 2020 or potentially further into 2021.
The Torii Gate is scaffolded and covered; the exact completion date hasn’t been set yet.
Even if you are disappointed that you can’t see the Great Torii Gate due to the renovation, you have fall colors to see and enjoy in fall.
The best season is usually from the middle of November to early December.
So, let me introduce some great spots for fall colors on Miyajima.
There are lots of signposts to show you the ways to specific locations on Miyajima, so just find where you wanna go and follow the signpost for your destination.
Momiji means colored leaves or autumn foliage, and Dani means valley in Japanese. Momiji-Dani Park is at the foot of Mt.Misen, and it’s only a 7-10 minutes walk from the Itsukushima Shrine.
There are about 700 fall trees in Momiji-Dani Park. And it’s on a hiking trail to the summit of Mt. Misen.
You have to go through the Momiji-Dani Park to get to the cable car station for the peak of Mt.Misen. So there are lots of tourists walking and enjoying fall colors in Momiji-Dani Park.
There is a teahouse on the way to the cable car station, so you can have a break there if you want.
You can find wild deer everywhere in the park, it’s lovely to come across deer there.
Daisho-in temple is the oldest temple on Miyajima. It was founded by one of the most famous Japanese monks, Kobo-Daishi （弘法大師）in 806.
There are so many beautiful things to see in Daisho-in temple. To find more about Daisho-in Temple, please click here to read my post about Daiso-in Temple.
The view onto the sea and red leaves
This is the view from the stone steps at sunset.
500 Rakan Statues and Fall Colors
If you take the side-path next to the stone steps at Nio-Gate, the main gate, you will find the 500 Rakan Statues (mini buddha disciples statues with wooly hats).
The combination of the 500 Rakan statues and colored leaves is absolutely amazing.
Breathtaking View from Mani-Den Hall(摩尼殿)
Lots of people don’t find it because they don’t know about it. There are very steep wooden stairs on the side of the Mani-Den Hall and if you go upstairs there, you can have this view.
It may be one of the highest places in Daisho-In Temple.
Address: 〒739-0592 広島県廿日市市宮島町滝町210番地
Opening Hours: 8am – 5pm.
Senjokaku is located behind the Itsukushima Shrine on a little hill. It’s only one minute walk from the main entrance of Itsukushima Shrine.
Click here to find more about Senjokaku on my past blog post. Compared to the Itsukushima Shrine, it’s not crowded at all up on the hill here.
From Senjokaku, you can see both the mountain side and the seaside, so you can enjoy different colors in every direction.
If you wanna take beautiful pictures, this is a perfect place!
Opening Hours: 8:30am to 4:30 pm everyday.
Admission: 100 yen for adults and 50 yen for children under 12.
Omoto Park is a little bit far away from the main touristic area and you wouldn’t come unless you stay in a hotel nearby or come to the aquarium on Miyajima.
It’s quiet here. So you can enjoy the fall colors undisturbed by other people.It’s maybe easier to take selfies or good pictures for Instagram here if you want.
Omoto Park is the starting point on one of the three hiking trails to the summit of Mt.Misen. So you can start to hike up the mountain from here.
You can walk from here to Daisho-In temple also. It’s so lovely to come across wild deer whilst waking to other destinations for fall colors.
If you want to stay at Omoto Park and you are looking for a hotel near Omoto Park, you can stay at this Miyajima Mori No Yado Hotel.
Address: 〒739-0534 広島県廿日市市宮島町西大西町
5:Hiramatsu Chaya Cafe(平松茶屋)
Hiramatsu Chaya Cafe is tucked away somewhere in the middle of mountain, so you wouldn’t find it if you don’t know about it.
This cafe has one of the best views on Miyajima because it’s on a hill in the Mt.Misen overlooking Miyajima.
In fall, especially with fall colors, it makes it much more beautiful.This is definitely one of the undiscovered places that lots of tourists don’t know.
Beer, View, Torii Gate and Fall Colors
If you have beer (or green tea), this panoramic view, the great Torii Gate and fall colors, you don’t need anything else!
Please note this is a cafe and not a public space. So, please make sure that you order something if you are enjoying the view or taking pictures from this cafe.
From Daiso-In Temple to Hiramatsu Chaya Cafe
When you come out of the main gate of Daiso-In Temple, you find a little Japanese sign like this in the picture.
If you follow the arrow, you will find the Hiramatsu Chaya Cafe within a 5minutes walk.
So you can enjoy the Daiso-In Temple first, and then relax at Hiramatsu Chaya cafe with the breathtaking view from there.
If you have any questions or find other beautiful places for fall colors on Miyajima, please let me know in the comment box below.