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Autumn Color Report 2009
by japan-guide.com

This are the official japan-guide.com autumn color reports for 2009 from our trips to various autumn leaf spots across Japan. Check our page on Autumn Leaves for general information.

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2009/10/07 - Hachimantai


by francois

Tamagawa Onsen surrounded by some colorful trees

Our report on the Tohoku Region's koyo (fall colors) continued today in the Hachimantai area of Towada-Hachimantai National Park. We began at Tamagawa Onsen, which is famous for its exteremly acidic hot spring water. There was a decent amount of color surrounding the onsen, but the peak is still a few days away. We walked around the onsen, where the combination of koyo and the onsen's sulfurous streams and hot steam vents made for some interesting views.

Hot steam vents and colorful trees

Soon after we came across what was probably the day's koyo highlight at Onuma Pond. The parking lot was almost completely full, with both regular cars and a few tour buses. The popularity of the pond was for good reason, as the colorful trees and grass provided fantastic views, which were easily appreciated in the 30 minute walk around the pond. The koyo was almost at its peak, but the colors should still improve into next week.

The entrance to Onuma Pond
Koyo at the water's edge
Koyo and Onuma Pond, seen through trees along the path around the lake

Next we drove to Goshogake Onsen, and found that we were able to find many nice examples of koyo along the way. Goshogake Onsen is similar to Tamagawa Onsen or Hokkaido's Noboribetsu Onsen in having dramatic volcanic geological features, such as sulfurous streams and steam vents.

Goshogake Onsen had a larger area to explore than Tamagagawa Onsen, and its fall colors were also at a more advanced state. A section of the walking trails was damaged and closed off, but a temporary path has been made, allowing visitors to see the entire area.

The road winds through colorful trees between Onuma Pond and Goshogake Onsen
The small mud volcanoes of Oyunuma Pond at Goshogake Onsen
Walking trails at Goshogake Onsen

We didn't have time to stop, but we saw from the road that the area around Fukenoyu Onsen also had a significant amount of attractive koyo.

Koyo around Fukenoyu Onsen

Our last destination was the area around Mount Hachimantai's summit, which straddles Akita Prefecture and Iwate Prefecture. A path leads around the mountain's peak and passes a number of caldera lakes. Unfortunately, the koyo season has peaked at the top, and in fact it did not seem like there was much vegetation that would provide good koyo colors even at its peak. Nonetheless, it was an enjoyable walk, and the views down from the mountain area showed a significant amount of color in the forests. We continued into Iwate and finished the day at Morioka, from where we began our journey yesterday.

Koyo has passed at Hachimantai Pond
Koyo visible in the forests below Mount Hachimantai

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List of Posts:
2009/12/08 - Tokyo
2009/12/02 - Kamakura

2009/11/27 - Tokyo
2009/11/26 - Kyoto
2009/11/25 - Kyoto: Light Up
2009/11/23 - Nara
2009/11/22 - Kyoto: Ohara
2009/11/21 - Kyoto
2009/11/19 - Kyoto: Arashiyama
2009/11/18 - Tokyo
2009/11/18 - Kyoto: Higashiyama
2009/11/16 - Kyoto: Kurama
2009/11/16 - Mount Takao (Takaosan)
2009/11/12 - Kyoto
2009/11/09 - Fuji Five Lakes
2009/11/04 - Hakone

2009/10/28 - Mount Fuji
2009/10/19 - Nikko
2009/10/16 - Onuma Park
2009/10/15 - Noboribetsu Onsen
2009/10/14 - Shikotsu-Toya National Park
2009/10/07 - Hachimantai
2009/10/06 - Mount Akita-Komagatake
2009/10/05 - Nikko

2009/09/30 - Kusatsu Onsen
2009/09/28 - Kamikochi
2009/09/24 - Oze National Park
2009/09/16 - Tokachidake Onsen
2009/09/15 - Ginsendai
2009/09/14 - Mount Asahidake

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