Rokkō Alpine Botanical Garden: Witness the Colours of Autumn Illuminated by Lights at Night

15.September.2018 | SPOT

The maple trees at Rokkō Alpine Botanical Garden are set to be lit up at an event that will run from October 19 to November 11. The event will enable people to walk the gardens at night to gaze at the illuminated red leaves. Additionally, as part of the 2018 Rokko Meets Art project, another display titled ‘The Night Museum’ will be held simultaneously where art pieces around the garden will also be lit up.

The hills and mountains in Japan turn into a kaleidoscope of reds, yellows and oranges when autumn comes and the maple trees bloom. Mount Rokkō is at a high altitude and it’s here that maple trees blossom almost one month earlier than other town areas including Kyoto. There are numerous varieties of maple tree at Rokkō Alpine Botanical Garden for people to see. You can look forward to seeing the trees change colour from mid-October through mid-November. These bright and beautiful trees will be made even more vivid when they are lit up together with the art installations around the gardens.

 

Rokkō Alpine Botanical Garden boasts a diverse range of tree species and plants including the maple variety like the Japanese maple and oomomiji as well as the Japanese beech, Japanese larch, shiromoji, rhododendrons and more, all of which come to life in autumnal colours. It is also home to several species that grow in high altitudes like the chinguruma.

The lit-up trees will create a starkly different, more mysterious atmosphere than during the daytime. There is also much anticipation for the exhibition of an art installation by Takahashi Kyota.

You’ll also have the opportunity to use seeds fallen from trees in the garden and dried hydrangeas to make your own wreath. Tools and items will all be prepared for you so you can go hands-free.

A photo seminar will also take place under the refreshing sky of Mount Rokkō. You’ll be led around the garden by lecturers of the Japan Alpine Photographers Association and learn how to take photos of the hills and fields. You will observe medicinal plants and learn the charms of plans you would never know by just looking at them.

Enjoy the gorgeous colours of autumn this year at Rokkō Alpine Botanical Garden.

 

■Information

Maple Tree Night Stroll / The Night Museum

Running: October 19, 2018 – November 11, 2018 (*Will be cancelled during storms)

Time: Weekdays 5:00pm-6:30pm / Weekends & Holidays 5:00pm-7:30pm

Guide: From 5:30pm (*Weekends & Holidays only. 30 minutes. Free to participate.)

Location: Rokkō Alpine Botanical Garden (Kitarokkō-4512-150 Rokkōsanchō, Nada Ward, Kobe, Hyogo Prefecture)

Price: Free to participate but you must pay the garden entry fee (Adults ¥620 / Children ¥310 / Seniors ¥520)

 

Wreath Workshop

Running: October 13, 2018 – November 25, 2018

Open: 10:00am-4:30pm (Reception closes at 4:00pm)

Time: 30 minutes

Location: Alpicola

No. of People: 12 people max per session. No reservations necessary.

Price: From ¥650 (Doesn’t include garden entry fee)

 

Photo Seminar

Date: September 23, 2018 (*Will be postponed to September 30th if it rains)

10:30am-11:00am ― Class on photography

11:00am-3:00pm ー Photography around the garden

Price: Free (Doesn’t include garden entry fee)

No. of People: 30 *Now taking telephone reservations

 

Guide

Dates: October 13 and November 10

Time: 11:00am / 2:00pm (1 hour each)

Price: Free (Doesn’t include garden entry fee)

 

Mount Rokkō Portal Webite: http://www.rokkosan.com

 

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    Chusonji (Iwate)

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    Address: 202, Aza Kinutome, Hiraizumi, Hiraizumicho, Nishiiwaigun, Iwate

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    Dakigaeri Canyon (Akita)

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  • “Sanyabori Koyo Kairo” will be held at Asakusa’s best-kept-secret spot, Sanyabori Park. A cherry tree light-up event will be held too

    20.November.2017 | SPOT

    “Sanyabori Park” in Asakusa, Tokyo used to be a channel connecting Oji’s Otonashi River and Sumida River. People during the Edo Era passed through the channel by riding on chokibune (traditional boats) to go to Yoshiwara (licensed quarters) and many ukiyoes (Japanese style paintings) depict the sceneries of Sanyabori Park in the Edo Era.

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    “Sanyabori Koyo Kairo”is a light-up event where the cherry trees in the park are lit up. This event will be held from the 17th of November 2017 (Fri.) to the 26th of November (Sun.).

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    The committee of the event will install decorated rickshaws and chokibunes inside the park so that visitors can take photos of the cherry trees while riding on these Edo period modes of transport.

    “Sanyabori Koyo Kairo” is a popular photo-taking spot where many tourists from both home and abroad gather.

     

    Let’s enjoy these cherry trees at nighttime at Asakusa’s best-kept-secret-spot.

     

    ■Information

    Sanyabori Koyo Kairo

    Address: Sanyabori Park, area between 7-4, Asakusa, Taitoku (Imadobashi) to 7-8, Asakusa, Taito (Seitenbashi)

    Time: 2017,11,17 (Fri.) to 11,26 (Sun) ※ 10 days

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    11,17 (Fri.) to 11,26 (Sun.) ※10 days

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    11,18 (Sat.), 19 (Sun.), 25 (Sat.), 26 (Sun.), 16:00 to 21:00

    Access: Tokyo Metro, Toei Chikatetsu, Tobu Sky Tree Line

    15 minutes on foot from“Asakusa Station”

    15 minutes on foot from “Asakusa Station” Tsukuba Express

    URL: http://www.oku-asakusa.com/news/2017-sanyabori

     

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    Address: 2250 Akeshi, Yosano, Yoza-gun, Kyoto

    Support Fund: ¥300

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    Autumn Foliage Peak Period: Early-Late November

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    Kyoto is known as the ancient capital of Japan. It is said to be the place where quintessential Japanese culture started, and has charmed the world over with its incredibly rich 1,200-year history.

     

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    Paint the Picturesque Autumntime at KAI Sengokuhara, Kanagawa

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    Your Own Private Outdoor Natural View at Okomori Koyo Onsen KAI Aso (Senomoto Hot Springs, Oita Prefecture)

    Estimated best time to visit: Mid October – early November 

     

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    Available to customers who check in between October 1 and 31.

     

    Price: From ¥46,480

    *Based on the price per person per night in a 2-person room. Tax and service charge not included. 

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    KAI Reservations Telephone Number: 0570-073-011

     

     

    Please check KAI’s official website to find out more about the wide range of autumn plans on offer.

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    From August 30, 2019, Starbucks Coffee Japan is celebrating the coming of autumn with their scheme Artful Autumn @ Starbucks®.

     

    The concept of this year is “Be colourful” and sees the release of new drinks that burst into colour for a beautiful moment. Through art and colour, Starbucks is creating an opportunity for many to experience the unique colourfulness of autumn. 

     

    The two new drinks to make it to Starbucks’ menu are the colourful and cute Green Apple Jelly Frappuccino® and Baked Apple Pink Frappuccino®, which are both made using autumn apples. From the species of apple to the way it is prepared and arranged, two completely new apple frappuccinos have been invented. 

    Left: Green Apple Jelly Frappuccino® /Right: Baked Apple Pink Frappuccino®: ¥580 (price before tax, tall size only)

    The Green Apple Jelly Frappuccino® consists of wobbly green apple jelly and crunchy fruit, creating a fun texture in your mouth. Overall, there is a sweet and tangy yet creamy flavour. As the heat of summer still lingers during early autumn, this frappuccino is bound to be just what you need for a quick refresh. The whipped cream on top of the frappuccino is topped with thin shavings of green apple and vivid green candy pieces, adding a wonderful crunchy texture to the soft and fluffy cream. 

     

    The Baked Apple Pink Frappuccino® is based on a pink baked apple. The sweetness and crunchiness of the crumble is a fun texture to enjoy. You will be able to taste baked apple with a faint taste of cinnamon. As it is still rather hot but not unbearable, this frappuccino is the perfect way to satisfy your sugar craving. This frappuccino is topped with bright pink and crunchy apple candy and crumble pieces, creating a wonderful texture adventure.

     

    Make sure to also look out for the Apple Jelly Iced Tea and Baked Apple Iced Tea which will also be making an appearance at Starbucks.  

     

    The colourful appearance, delicious flavour and texture of these two frappuccinos will enlighten you to a whole new world of unique colors, textures and flavors so please come try them for yourself. 

  • Witness the Vibrant Yellow Nikkōkisuge Flower at Rokko Alpine Botanical Garden

    11.July.2019 | Uncategorized

    The high season to catch a glimpse of the beautiful nikkōkisuge (Hemerocallis esculenta) flower at Rokko Alpine Botanical Garden is happening right now.

     

    The nikkōkisuge blooms in the high plains and is recognised as a sign of summer. The full bloom period for the flower in the subalpine zone is June, but the best time to see them in high plains is July where 2,000 clusters of the bright yellow beauties sprout their vibrant leaves. The yellow beds make for some seriously summery Instagram posts.

    They live a fleeting life as they only bloom for a single day, opening in the morning and closing in the evening. A single stem is home to abundant flower buds, and they are long so they can bloom from one to the next. If you are in Hyogo this July we highly recommend witnessing this ephemeral sight.

  • Witness the Phantasmal Hydrangea Shichidanka at Rokkō Alpine Botanical Garden

    01.July.2019 | SPOT

    The season has arrived at Rokkō Alpine Botanical Garden in Hyogo Prefecture when you can see the “phantasmal” hydrangea known as the shichidanka.

     

    The shichidanka is a type of hydrangea serrata, also known as “mountain hydrangea.” It is known for its distinct double-flowering. Its ten or so sepals give it a beautiful star shape. Its delicate form has earned the plant much popularity in the gardens where it blooms in two locations.

     

    As well as this flower, several other hydrangeas are now in bloom or soon to be in bloom a the garden too which are making their way to Japanese social media. Let’s take a look at some of the various hydrangeas you can see there.

    Shichdanka (Hortensia serrate var.serrata f.prolifera)

    This flower stands at 1 to 1.5 meters tall. The flower appears in Philipp Franz von Siebold’s studies of Japanese flora and fauna during the Edo Period, but its existence subsequently became unnoticed until 1959 where it was discovered by chance at Mount Rokkō. The flowers were then cut and planted and seedlings spread across various places. The flower, which was given the name “mountain hydrangea,” took on a beautiful blue colour as a result of acid soil from caused by granite. It can be enjoyed in full bloom right now until mid-July.

    Himeajisai (Hortensia cuspidata f.cuspidata) [Blooming: June – July 2019]

    Also known as the “garden hydrangea,” the himeajisai is recognisable for its shape which is like a temari – a type of toy ball from Japanese folk art. It was given its name by Japanese botanist Tomitaro Makino in 1929. It is strong and durable against hot and dry weather and takes on a gorgeous blue colour when grown in soil with a high level of acidity.

    Amagiamacha (Hortensia serrata var.angustata) [Blooming: June – July 2019]

    This delicate, sweet-smelling flower has thin leaves that grow no longer than 10cm. Since long ago this flower has not been used as a sweetener in hydrangea tea but instead during the manufacturing process of soy sauce for its embalming effect. It has also been used to prevent mould and mildew from building up. Not only that, the flower has also been combined in home remedies such as mouth fresheners and toothpaste for its sweet flavour. Locals also use it for balancing sweetness and acidity with daikon pickled vegetables.

    Tamaajisai (Platycrater involucrata) [Blooming: August 2019]

    The tamaajisai grows natively across the Kanto region to Gifu Prefecture. It blooms in mountainous regions that have a high level of humidity. Its leaves’ surface have thick and hard hairs on them. They get the tama (“Ball” in Japanese) in their name for their ping pong ball-like buds. During wartime the flower was also used as a substitute for tobacco and so it also gets the name “mountain tobacco.” The flower is popular for its appearance just before its full bloom too.

     

    Visit Rokkō Alpine Botanical Garden this summer to see all of the different hydrangeas on show.

  • See Autumn Leaves of Toyota in Aichi Prefecture at Korankei and Shikizakura Park

    12.November.2018 | SPOT

    The peak season to see the autumn leaves will arrive imminently at the popular autumn tourist spots Korankei and Shikizakura Park in Toyota, Aichi which are being celebrated with festivals that are currently running until November 30.

    When talking about famous autumn leaf spots in Toyota, Korankei is the one that always crops up, but in recent years more people have come to learn about Shikizakura Park which has now become another must-visit location during the fall season. Close to 10,000 four-season cherry blossoms decorate the mountain surfaces in the area along with maple trees.

    The highlight of the Korankei Maple Festival is the light up of Mt. Iimori. The mountain will turn a golden colour from the trees as Taigetsukyo Bridge and Tomoe River are illuminated, creating a magical atmosphere.

     

    The thing to see at the Shikizakura Park Cherry Blossom Festival is the herbarium workshop where attendees can experience handmaking their own herbariums from Japanese paper. You must book a place in advance to join in so be sure to check the official website.

    A special bus is also running to and from both Korankei and Shikizakura Park from November 10 to 30.

     

    Enjoy autumn in full bloom at Toyota, Aichi.

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