Autumn is finally under way in Philly with temperatures on the cusp of dropping and golden red leaves drifting from trees. In Japan, Philadelphia’s sister city Kobe is also in the midst of preparing for winter. Where are some great spots to see the last leaves fall? Kobe has a waterfall, a happiness village and an arboretum to name a few!
Philadelphia boasts it’s own arboretum by way of the Morris Arboretum of the University of Philadelphia. Its Japanese counterpart will be easy to find as it is aptly named the Kobe Arboretum. With around 1,200 types of shrubs and trees, the Kobe Arboretum is the largest botanical garden in all of Japan. While you’re enjoying the changing of the season you can also try your hand at bird watching as the arboretum attracts gaggles of winged wildlife. From November 1st through the 30th you can enjoy autumn specific activities including koto concerts.
Who wouldn’t want to visit a village of happiness? Named Shiawase Village, its focus is promoting independence and social activity for elderly and disabled people with loads of recreational and sports facilities. Everyone of all ages are welcome to enjoy the campsites, overnight lodging, horse-back riding park and hot springs in addition to the beautiful, refreshing gardens. With tulip trees, trident maple trees and cherry trees, autumn in Shiawase Village is a beautiful event.
Last and perhaps the most impressive of Kobe’s autumn highlights is the Nunobiki Waterfalls. Located on the trail to Mt. Maya, the Nunobiki Waterfalls are made up of four waterfalls: Odaki, Meotodaki, Tsusumigadaki and Medaki. The Nunobiki Waterfalls are one of the Three Large Divine Waterfalls of Japan. It flows with the water coming downstream from the Nunobiki Reservoir and spills out into the Ikutagawa River. On the observation platform surrounded by crimson dappled trees watching golden leaves drift down the white waters of the falls is a picture perfect way to enjoy the natural beauty of Kobe in autumn.
As November comes to a close and the days grow colder, how will you spend the last weeks of fall? Comment with a Kobe or Philly suggestion!