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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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2008/09/26 - Sounkyo Onsen

by schauwecker

Sounkyo seen from Kurodake Ropeway

The most popular and most developed (over-developed in the opinion of some) base for exploring Daisetsuzan National Park is Sounkyo Onsen. The hot spring resort is located in a beautiful valley with waterfalls nearby and a ropeway to Mount Kurodake, the tallest peak in the area.

Trees around the waterfalls near Sounkyo only just started to turn colors

Down in the valley, some trees have started to change colors, however, the peak of the koyo (autumn leaf) season is still more than a week away. Although it was a weekday, one bus after the other delivered tour groups to the waterfalls just outside Sounkyo. Sunshine was mixing with rain drops.

View of Kurodake from the ropeway station's observation deck (Mount Kurodake 5th Station)

In order to catch the trees in full autumn colors, a ropeway ride to the 5th Station of Mount Kurodake was required. Colors are currently best around the 7th Station, which can be reached in an additional chair lift ride. The views, however, were more enjoyable from the ropeway station's observation deck, as the weather suddenly took a turn to the worse.

The chair lift ride was not a complete waste of time, either

I was sitting on the chair lift to the 7th Station when rain and snow started to pour onto myself and other chair lift passengers who falsely hoped for more spectacular views around the 7th Station. Wet and cold, I had to add a visit to Sounkyo's public hot spring bath, Kurodake no Yu, to my trip schedule after descending into the valley.

Kurodake no Yu

Next week, we plan a koyo reporting trip to the Kurobe-Tateyama Alpen Route.

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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

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