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Autumn Color Blog 2008

This is the official autumn color blog for 2008 about our reporting trips to various autumn leaf spots across Japan. Check our page on Autumn Leaves for general information.

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2008/09/24 - Mount Asahidake

by schauwecker

Asahidake Ropeway

Daisetsuzan is a mountain range and national park in central Hokkaido. Also called the "Roof of Hokkaido", Daisetsuzan features some of the island's highest peaks, and is known to see autumn colors earlier than any other place in Japan. Therefore, Daisetsuzan was the obvious choice as the first destination of our autumn leaf report.

The ropeway ride offered some of the best colors

On the first day of this 3-day trip, I visited the Asahidake area of Daisetsuzan. Mount Asahidake is with 2290 meters the tallest mountain in Hokkaido, and Asahidake Ropeway lifts tourists to an altitude of 1600 meters above sea. Around the ropeway's top station, autumn colors can usually be enjoyed around mid September, but today, white was the only color to be seen.

Around the ropeway's top station

Despite being 1500 meters shorter than Japan's tallest mountain Mount Fuji, Mount Asahidake is also the first spot in the country to see snow each autumn, and it seems that with my visit today I hit the day after "hatsuyuki" (first snow)! The temperature was a chilly -4 degrees.

Some last traces of koyo (autumn colors) around the ropeway's top station

Along the ropeway and around the ropeway's lower station, which is located in the pleasant hot spring resort of Asahidake Onsen, I was able to enjoy some autumn colors without snow, as well. The area attracted surprisingly many tourists even on a weekday with bad weather like today.

Golden trees along a hiking trail near Asahidake Onsen

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List of Posts:
2008/12/03 - Kamakura Report
2008/11/26 - Tokyo Report
2008/11/21 - Kyoto Report (4/4)
2008/11/20 - Kyoto Report (3/4)
2008/11/20 - Miyajima
2008/11/19 - Kyoto Report (2/4)
2008/11/18 - Kyoto Report (1/4)
2008/11/18 - Mino Park
2008/11/12 - Fuji Five Lakes
2008/11/05 - Nikko (2)
2008/10/29 - Lake Towada
2008/10/28 - Shirakami Sanchi (2)
2008/10/27 - Shirakami Sanchi
2008/10/21 - Nishizawa Valley
2008/10/16 - Nikko
2008/10/10 - Akagiyama
2008/10/08 - Shiretoko Peninsula
2008/10/07 - Lake Mashu and Kussharo
2008/10/06 - Lake Akan
2008/10/03 - Tateyama Alpen Route
2008/09/26 - Sounkyo Onsen
2008/09/25 - Daisetsu Kogen Onsen
2008/09/24 - Mount Asahidake

Tours and Experiences