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Autumn Color Report 2012
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2012/09/27 - Kogen Onsen Report
by sean

6:30 in the morning and we were on board a bus to Daisetsu Kogen (Daisetsu Highlands) - From September 22 to 30, 2012, private cars can only go as far as the Lakesite parking lot at the base of the highlands, from where a shuttle bus ferries visitors along a narrow unpaved road to the start of its hiking trails.

After attending a short briefing by local staff about precautions to take while on the Daisetsu Kogen trails, we set off on our day's hike amongst about 15 other hikers. The sky was bright and clear today, which made views even more pleasant than they were yesterday.

Morning dew looked like diamonds
Hiking across rivers
Pond produces a mirror image
Attractive moss

A 900 meter hike from the trailhead took us to the forked intersection where a circular route through the highlands starts and ends. Part of this circluar route may be sometimes closed if bear activity is spotted in the area, and thus we were happy to be told that we were able to complete the full six kilometer course today.

The hike up the highlands was enjoyable, taking us across rivers and lots of greenery. As we climbed towards higher elevations, autumn colors appeared increasingly frequently, although not with the same intensity as during our visit four years ago. The warmer than average temperatures have delayed and possibly limited the change in colors of the leaves here.

Gradually changing colors
Takimi Pond and autumn colors
Highland landscape
Rindo flowers
Water from melting snow would make this a pond after winter

I spotted many trees with fresh green leaves which have the potential to develop really beautiful colors if weather conditions permit. However, if a sudden turn in weather sees snow covering the landscape, the peak season might be ended prematurely here.

Today, yellow, orange and occasionally light red leaves stood out prettily among the greens. Cerulean blue skies complemented well with the scenic highland landscape, which is dotted by many serene and attractive ponds of emerald and cobalt blue, making views at Daisetsu Kogen, as always, a delight to watch.

Nice maple leaves
Natural hot spring water bubbling
Picturesque pond
Nice nanakamado leaves
Nanakamado tunnel
Landscape
Moss and river

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2012/12/11 - Tokyo Report
2012/12/07 - Tokyo Report
2012/12/05 - Kamakura Report
2012/12/02 - Kyoto Report
2012/12/01 - Tokyo Report

2012/11/29 - Kyoto Report
2012/11/29 - Himeji Report
2012/11/27 - Tokyo Report
2012/11/26 - Kyoto Report
2012/11/25 - Kyoto Report
2012/11/23 - Miyajima Report
2012/11/22 - Kyoto Report
2012/11/21 - Tokyo Report
2012/11/21 - Kyoto Report
2012/11/19 - Takaosan Report
2012/11/16 - Kyoto Report
2012/11/15 - Mount Fuji Report
2012/11/15 - Shosenkyo Report
2012/11/14 - Hakone Report
2012/11/13 - Tokyo Report
2012/11/09 - Sakurayama Report
2012/11/08 - Koyasan Report
2012/11/07 - Kyoto Report
2012/11/07 - Nikko Report
2012/11/07 - Yamadera Report
2012/11/06 - Naruko Report
2012/11/05 - Hiraizumi Report
2012/11/05 - Mount Fuji Report
2012/11/01 - Kuju Report

2012/10/31 - Towada Report
2012/10/30 - Bandai Report
2012/10/26 - Minakami Report
2012/10/24 - Nikko Report
2012/10/22 - Alpine Route Report
2012/10/18 - Noboribetsu Report
2012/10/18 - Sounkyo Report
2012/10/17 - Shiretoko Report
2012/10/16 - Norikura Report
2012/10/16 - Nikko Report
2012/10/15 - Kamikochi Report
2012/10/12 - Oze Report
2012/10/11 - Hachimantai Report
2012/10/10 - Bandai Report
2012/10/09 - Nikko Report
2012/10/05 - Route 292 Report
2012/10/04 - Alpine Route Report

2012/09/28 - Kurodake Report
2012/09/27 - Kogen Onsen Report
2012/09/26 - Asahidake Report
2012/09/21 - Asahidake Report
2012/09/20 - Kurodake Report
2012/09/18 - Asahidake Report

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