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Autumn Color Report 2011
Official autumn color reports by japan-guide.com
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2011/10/20 - Zao Report
by schauwecker

Located on the prefectural border between Yamagata and Miyagi Prefectures, Mount Zao is one of the highest mountains in the Tohoku Region, and therefore one of the first spots in the region to delight tourists with autumn colors. The season has already progressed quite far around the mountain. Today the colors were at their peak around Zao Onsen, one of Japan's best hot spring towns and ski resorts, halfway up the mountain.

Zao Onsen
Maple leaves in Zao Onsen

The ropeways, which transport skiers from Zao Onsen up the mountain slopes in winter, are now a popular means to see Zao's autumn colors. The colors along the ropeways have already progressed somewhat beyond their peak, and many trees, especially in the higher elevations, have already turned brown or dropped their leaves.

Along the ropeway
Along the ropeway

Another way to see the colors was to drive along the Zao Echoline road, which leads up the mountain to less than a one hour hike from the summit. Colors along most of the road were still attractive today, however, the season was already over around the peak. Fine views of Mount Zao's famous Okama crater lake still provided a good reason to go there, nevertheless.

Seasonal colors along the Zao Echoline
No autumn colors were left around the Okama crater lake

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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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