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Autumn Color Report 2011
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2011/10/19 - Naruko Report
by schauwecker

Naruko Gorge

The Naruko Gorge (Žq, Narukokyō) is one of the Tohoku Region's most famous autumn color spots and usually at its peak in late October to early November. It can be reached in a twenty minute walk from Nakayamadaira Onsen Station which is a two hour train ride from Sendai in the mountainous interior of Miyagi Prefecture.

Naruko Gorge

As expected, the colors were still at an early stage today, but already made for a spectacular sight, nevertheless. The season should reach its peak in one or two weeks from now.

From around the Narukokyo Resthouse, the famous view of the Ofukazawa Bridge can be enjoyed. A trail leads from there for a few hundred meters down to the bottom of the gorge where it ends at an observation deck. The trail used to continue from there for over a kilometer along the bottom of the gorge, but an earthquake in 2008, the earthquake of March 2011 and severe weather made the path impassable. Hopefully, the trail will be repaired and reopened next year.

Along the trail down to the bottom of the gorge
View into a side valley down in the bottom of the gorge

After inspecting the gorge, we followed the Ofukazawa walking trail, which loops around an attractive side valley of the Naruko Gorge. The trees along the approximately 45 minute long walk were also still at an early stage.

Along the Ofukazawa walking trail

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List of Posts:
2011/12/13 - Tokyo Report
2011/12/08 - Kamakura Report
2011/12/05 - Tokyo Report
2011/12/02 - Kyoto Report
2011/12/01 - Nara Report

2011/11/30 - Kyoto Report
2011/11/29 - Kyoto Report
2011/11/28 - Kyoto Report
2011/11/27 - Tokyo Report
2011/11/27 - Kyoto Report
2011/11/23 - Kanazawa Report
2011/11/22 - Tokyo Report
2011/11/22 - Kyoto Report
2011/11/21 - Miyajima Report
2011/11/20 - Kyoto Report
2011/11/18 - Kyoto Report
2011/11/15 - Tokyo Report
2011/11/13 - Kyoto Report
2011/11/12 - Unzen Report
2011/11/09 - Sakurayama Report
2011/11/08 - Fujigoko Report
2011/11/04 - Kurobe Report
2011/11/02 - Mitakesan Report

2011/10/27 - Nikko Report
2011/10/27 - Towadako Report
2011/10/26 - Hakkodasan Report
2011/10/21 - Fukushima Report
2011/10/20 - Zao Report
2011/10/19 - Naruko Report
2011/10/12 - Nikko Report
2011/10/12 - Oze Report
2011/10/07 - Nasu Report
2011/10/03 - Nikko Report

2011/09/27 - Norikura Report
2011/09/14 - Ginsendai Report
2011/09/13 - Asahidake Report

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