In Osaka, autumn leaves transform the busy city, temple precincts, nearby mountains, and beyond into a pleasing m\u00e9lange of sunny yellows, golden browns, and deep reds. Osaka is a great city to explore in autumn: While some spots are day-trip destinations or hiking adventures, you can also pick from the more central options if you\u2019re short on time. Walking up Mid\u014dsuji Avenue or visiting the castle are perfect ways to check out Osaka's fall foliage displays, even on a tight schedule. Osaka autumn forecast 2023: When is the best time to go? While it depends on the exact location and elevation, autumn leaves in Osaka tend to peak between mid-November and mid-December. For 2023, they'll peak between mid-November and early December. Pro tip: Check out our all-Japan autumn leaves forecast and the top spots to go while you're traveling Japan in the fall season. Top picks for fall foliage spots in Osaka Without further ado, here are our top picks for the best places to see autumn leaves in Osaka. 1. Osaka Castle 10-minute train ride from Osaka Station for Nishinomaru Garden; for the castle tower The sightseeing spot that just keeps on giving, Osaka Castle has hundreds of cherry and plum trees that transform the surrounding Nishinomaru Garden into an autumnal beauty spot. Meanwhile, rows of golden ginkgo trees line the paths leading to the iconic castle tower, including one that is over 100 years old. While enjoying the colors from ground level is pretty satisfying, a trip up the tower offers a vista of the whole city. 2. Hoshida Park Suspension Bridge 45-minute train ride from Osaka Station, and then a 40-minute hike from Kisaichi Station Free Located in a quasi-national park, the Hoshi no Buranko (meaning "Star Swing") is possibly one of the most stunning autumn viewpoints in the whole of Japan, let alone Osaka. Offering views across the 105-hectare park, the largely wooden suspension bridge is 50\u00a0meters high and allows you to look down across the trees (assuming you\u2019re not scared of heights, of course). The park is home to multiple hiking trails and a 16 ft artificial climbing wall, so there are plenty of ways to experience the foliage. Note that Hoshida Park is a 40-minute hike from the nearest station. 3. Daisen Park 30-minute train ride from Osaka Station for Japanese Garden Home to one of Japan's top 100 gardens, Daisen Park is a popular autumn spot as it combines clever landscaping with deep-red leaves. The garden has a small teahouse where you can try seasonal sweets with green tea while enjoying the view. 4. Expo \u201870 Commemorative Park (Bampaku Kinen K\u014den) 35-minute train ride from Umeda Station Park entry is ; the Japanese garden costs an additional Known as Bampaku Kinen K\u014den in Japanese, this large park was used to host the pavilions of the Japan World Exposition in 1970. Featuring miniature forests, lawns, a Japanese garden, thousands of cherry trees, and the Momiji Waterfall, it\u2019s a great place to view the autumn leaves (70s clothing optional). Stroll along Sorado Promenade for views of the waterfall as the maple leaves turn red. Pro tip: Take a photo in front of the famous Tower of the Sun statue by Taro Okamoto. 5. Min\u014d Falls and Katsu\u014d-ji Temple 30-minute train ride from Umeda Station Free One of the most popular spots for an afternoon out in Osaka, Min\u014d Park offers a gentle hike along a river, with a few bonus spots along the way. Ending in the picturesque view of Min\u014d Falls, complete with a small bridge (and probably lots of people), the walk is about 3 km long. Look out for Katsu\u014d-ji, a small temple known for its links with Daruma (the round, red, one-eyed dolls). There are loads of shops and eateries along the way too -- be sure to try the fried momiji (maple) leaves, a local autumn specialty. Min\u014d hosts a momiji festival from mid-November to early December with stalls, forest yoga, illuminations, and plenty of tasty autumnal treats. 6. Ushitakisan Daitoku-ji Temple 26-minute train ride from Namba Station, then a 50-minute bus trip from Kishiwada Station Free An area of mountains well known for autumn foliage, Ushitakisan is home to Daitoku-ji -- a temple with a two-story pagoda designated as an Important Cultural Asset. Framed with the colors of fall, the Tah\u014dt\u014d pagoda, bell tower, and Daishid\u014d hall all make for stunning views. And although it\u2019s at the end of a pretty long bus journey, it\u2019s worth it. There is a momiji (maple) avenue to stroll down; the beautiful Kinry\u016b Falls nearby; and stalls selling local seasonal goods. The temple is one of Japan\u2019s oldest and was used by K\u016bkai in the 9th century. On the same bus route, get off at Ushitaki-Onsen Seseragiso-mae bus stop if you fancy a soak in the feather-like waters of Iyoyaka no Sato-an, an onsen complex with outdoor baths. 7. Mid\u014dsuji Avenue 2-minute walk from Shinsaibashi Station Free A 4-km stretch of unusually wide road, Mid\u014dsuji Avenue is lined with ginkgo trees and transformed into a golden haven every autumn. Located in Shinsaibashi, the avenue features high-end stores and boutiques, and is also a romantic place for a stroll in the evening. Nicknamed the Champs \u00c9lys\u00e9es of Japan, Mid\u014dsuji Avenue has over 800 trees and is an easy-to-visit autumn spot right in the heart of Osaka. 8. Mt. Kong\u014d 30-minute train ride from Namba Station and then a 40-minute bus from Kawachinagano Station Free On the prefectural border with Nara, Mount Kong\u014d is Osaka\u2019s tallest mountain and is popular in winter for its ice trees (juhy\u014d), but also has some impressive fall foliage. Part of the Kong\u014d Katsuragi range, the peak is 1,125\u00a0meters tall and home to castle ruins, temples, and shrines, as well as plenty of hiking routes for all levels. 9. Ky\u016ban-ji Temple 35-minute train ride from Osaka Station and then a 15-minute bus from Ikeda Station Free Ky\u016ban-ji Temple is one of the most popular spots to enjoy fall leaves in northern Osaka. The ancient temple is known for its traditional and long-lasting buildings as well as its maple leaves, which enhance the already beautiful gardens. Be sure to see the pagoda, bell tower, and ancient trees -- and if you have time, try the forest-bathing course. Ky\u016ban-ji also has its own autumn leaves festival, which is generally held on the third Sunday of November (Nov. 19 in 2023). There's also a maple-themed tea ceremony scheduled for Nov. 23. While we do our best to ensure it's correct, information is subject to change. Post first published in October 2018. Last update: October 2023.