Mt. Mifune Autumn Light-up

Scenic wonders since 1845

By Tristan Scholze    - 1 min read

Mt. Mifune’s 210 m rocky face looks over a pond on the edge of Takeo City, a perfect place for a garden. The park dates from 1845, and each November, the vast area is lit up at dusk as the maples change from green into yellows and reds. One giant maple is as old as the park itself.

The gardens are also especially popular during the spring for the azaleas and cherry blossoms. Here’s a glimpse of the autumn colors.

御船山楽園—Mifune-yama Raku-en—Mt. Mifune Gardens
紅葉まつり—Momiji Matsuri—Festival of Autumn Colors
日本最大級の紅葉ライトアップ「たまゆらの夕べ」—Nihon Saidaikyuu no Momiji Raitoappu: Tamayura no Yuube—Japan’s Greatest Autumn Light-up: A Fleeting Evening (Event name)

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Tristan Scholze

Tristan Scholze @tristan.scholze

I'm also known as Faer Out. I love learning about people and nature. I've traveled around the world and throughout Japan, and I hope to continue seeing and experiencing the wonder of this planet as long as I live.Based in Japan for nearly two decades, I'm the Regional Partner here for Fukuoka and Saga Prefectures. In addition to my work at JapanTravel, I have a language school called Rainbow Bridges English Academy in Fukuoka and am very interested in teaching, languages, communication, and photography, among other things. Recently, I've been a guest host on NHK World's J-Trip Plan for Caving Adventures in Western Japan as well as Exploration for Black Gold.I love heading downtown to meet up with friends for a night out as well as being able to hop on my motorcycle and be riding through forest-covered mountains or to sandy beaches in 20 minutes. This area is very photogenic and even after years of exploration, there are still plenty of places to discover each weekend! My photographs are available for purchase on iStock, Shutterstock, and Dreamstime or by contacting me.Please contact me if you have any questions about travel in Japan. I'd also be grateful for any follows on social media!

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Kim 2 years ago
Headed here in about three weeks time - can't wait! It looks gorgeous and I'm sure it's even more incredible in person.
Kim 2 years ago
Oh, I might be a bit early for the lights but I'm going to enjoy the park and the scenery nonetheless! :)
Tristan Scholze Videographer 4 years ago
The 2016 Light Up will be from November 1 (Tue) to December 4 (Sun). Lights on at 5:30, open until 10 pm. The park is also open in the daytime starting at 8 am.
Elena Lisina 4 years ago
Thank you, Tristan! I plan to visit that place in 2017.
Elena Lisina 4 years ago
Very beautiful!
Tristan Scholze Videographer 4 years ago
Thank you!
Tristan Scholze Videographer 5 years ago
For 2015, the park is open during the day for fall colors from 11/1 to 12/6 (08:00 to 17:30). The evening light-ups will be from 11/7 to 11/29 (17:30 to 22:00).
Tristan Scholze Videographer 6 years ago
The official website (in Japanese) is
Thank you Justin and Mandy. The Light-up runs until 11/30 and the Festival of Autumn colors continues though 12/7.