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Autumn Color Report 2013
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2013/11/28 - Kanazawa Report
by scott

The state of autumn colors at Kenrokuen in one picture

Today, in another slight departure from our regularly scheduled autumn program, I hopped on the Thunderbird limited express train for a 2.5 hour train ride to Kanazawa, where I paid a cold, wet visit to Kenrokuen Garden. The famous garden is widely considered to be the best of Japan's "three most beautiful landscape gardens", which is saying a lot considering the competition includes Mito's Kairakuen and Okayama's Korakuen.

Unfortunately, the day didn't get off to too good of a start. The weather for the entire train ride up alternated from gloomy to rainy and back again, and I was beginning to worry that there would be more than the light on and off rain that the weather report predicted. Luckily it didn't really rain all that much while I was exploring the garden... it lightly snowed instead mading me wish I had brought some warmer clothes!

The most recognizable feature of Kenrokuen: the garden's famous Kotojitoro Lantern
Yellow leaves over Gankobashi Bridge
Not koyo, but I find it really interesting how the gardens are prepped for winter
Maple tree around Kenrokuen's central Kasumigaike Pond

It was the first time this year that I really felt like it was winter, and the autumn colors around the garden echoed the sentiment. Kenrokuen isn't known to have overwhelming autumn colors, though several areas of the park are planted with nice groves of maples and other colorful trees. However, the majority of these trees were clearly past the peak and many appeared to be struggling to hold on to the last of their leaves.

Cherry leaves
Midori Waterfall and the Kaisekito Lantern
Yugaotei Tea House
Maple leaves litter the ground
At the foot of the monument on Sazaeyama Hill
More leaves on moss
Maple tree

There is an area of the garden, called Yamazakiyama Hill, at the eastern most corner of the grounds that has a large concentration of nice maples planted around it. This was the best spot left but even those trees were quickly losing their leaves. I wouldn't make a special trip out to Kenrokuen just see them, and it seems that the koyo season around the garden has come to a close for the year.

Around Yamazakiyama Hill
Yamazakiyama Hill
More leaves on moss
The walkway leading up Yamazakiyama Hill
A maple tree near Yamazakiyama Hill

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List of Posts:
2013/12/11 - Tokyo Report
2013/12/10 - Kyoto Report
2013/12/06 - Kamakura Report
2013/12/03 - Tokyo Report
2013/11/29 - Kyoto Report
2013/11/28 - Kanazawa Report
2013/11/27 - Osaka Report
2013/11/26 - Kyoto Report
2013/11/26 - Tokyo Report
2013/11/22 - Kyoto Report
2013/11/21 - Miyajima Report
2013/11/20 - Tokyo Report
2013/11/19 - Korankei Report
2013/11/18 - Kyoto Report
2013/11/18 - Fujigoko Report
2013/11/13 - Kyoto Report
2013/11/12 - Tokyo Report
2013/11/11 - Sakurayama Report
2013/11/08 - Karuizawa Report
2013/11/06 - Fujigoko Report
2013/10/30 - Towada Report
2013/10/29 - Nikko Report
2013/10/29 - Yamadera Report
2013/10/28 - Urabandai Report
2013/10/22 - Gunma Report
2013/10/18 - Nasu Report
2013/10/17 - Nikko Report
2013/10/14 - Fujisan Report
2013/10/12 - Hakkodasan Report
2013/10/10 - Oze Report
2013/10/08 - Nikko Report
2013/09/27 - Tateyama Report
2013/09/21 - Kurodake Report
2013/09/20 - Asahidake Report

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