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.



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 / Senisors ¥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



Dates: October 13 and November 10

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

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


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