Fuji Five Lakes

Autumn Color Report 2009
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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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2009/11/09 - Fuji Five Lakes

by schauwecker

Morning mist over Fujiyoshida City

This year's autumn colors seem to be descending into the lower elevations and southern latitudes of Japan about a week earlier than in previous years. Trees in Tokyo and Kyoto have already started coloring, but the peak of the season there won't be reached for another week or two. Around Tokyo, colors are currently best at altitudes of around 1000 meters, and that is where we headed today. For the second time this season, we paid a visit to Mount Fuji and the Fuji Five Lakes (Fujigoko).

We were not the only photographers

When we visited the area two weeks ago, cherry trees were at the peak of their autumnal beauty, but the more vibrant maple trees were only starting to change. Today, while the cherry trees had already dropped most of their foliage, the maple trees have reached their peak, providing breathtaking views of orange and red colors in combination with Mount Fuji and the lakes.

Along the northern shores of Lake Kawaguchiko

The best spots for viewing Mount Fuji in combination with maple trees are found along the northern shores of Lake Kawaguchiko. There we joined many other photographers, trying to combine all three elements, the leaves, the lake and the mountain, into beautiful photographs. Early mornings are the best time for a visit, when light conditions and visibility tend to be relatively good. Later during the day (typically after around 9-10am) clouds often build around the mountain's top even on days with fair weather.

From the northern shores of Lake Kawaguchiko

Another good spot for views of Mount Fuji is the Chureito Pagoda in the hills north of Fujiyoshida City, a 15-20 minute walk from Shimo-Yoshida Station. Also famous as a cherry blossom spot in mid April, the pagoda is surrounded mostly by cherry trees, that must have provided a great sight in combination with the pagoda and Mount Fuji about two weeks ago. Today, the cherry trees were all barren, but a small number of maple and ginko trees along the ascent to the pagoda did provide some colors, nevertheless.

Chureito Pagoda, Mount Fuji, barren cherry trees and one yellow ginko tree

Maple trees along the ascent to the Chureito Pagoda

We estimate that the Fuji Five Lake region should remain colorful and worth an autumn leaf visit for at least another week. A festival with light up of trees in the evenings is held until November 23, 2009 around the northern shores of Lake Kawaguchiko.

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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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