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Autumn Color Report 2012
Official autumn color reports by japan-guide.com

Where to see autumn leaves? - When do trees turn colors? - What trees turn colors?
Schedule of upcoming reports - Post your own report

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2012/11/19 - Takaosan Report
by sean

Takaosan (Mount Takao) is located in the suburban west of central Tokyo, and is popular as one of the few natural recreation areas within the metropolitan city. The summit of the 599 meter tall mountain offers nice views of Tokyo, Mount Fuji and as far as Yokohama on clear days. Multiple trails lead to the top of Mount Takao. Visitors can also choose to take a cable car or a chair lift to approximately halfway up the mountain, and carry on to the top on foot.

Today I took the chair lift halfway up, climbed to the peak along trail 4, before descending the mountain the whole way using trail 1. While there were already quite some visitors when I got there in the morning, by the time I was on my way down at about 11:00, it got pretty crowded. It is generally wise to avoid visiting Mount Takao over the weekends, especially during the autumn leaves season.

Interestingly, I found the most vivid autumn colors at the top and bottom of the mountain today. Along the way, I spotted little color changes. It might take a few more days of conducive weather before warm colors become more saturated overall.

I wasn't able to catch good views at the peak because it was a cloudy day, but come on a clear day and you'd be able to see the Tokyo Tower and Tokyo Skytree, in addition to places already mentioned. Nevertheless, it was a pretty enjoyable day, especially when immersing in the activity that was going on at Yakuoin Temple along trail 1.

Cable car and chair lift station in the morning
Taking the chair lift
Resting area (around halfway up to the peak) got crowded later in the day
Observation deck close to the cable car top station
Ginkgo trees lined a road in the distance
Cable car track viewed from the observation deck
Bridge along trail 4
Nature trail
Some colors at the peak
Man checking out the colors
Yakuoin Temple is along trail 1
The most handsome Tengu I have ever seen
To make a wish, queue to go through the hole and hit the rings with a stick
Walking back down along trail 1
Near the cable car bottom station
By noon there were lots of people queuing up to board the cable car
Flying squirrel
The shopping street was bustling with activity
Nice ginkgo tree near the parking area

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List of Posts:
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