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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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2008/10/10 - Akagiyama

by schauwecker

Today I made a first autumn leaf trip to a destination in the Kanto Region. I visited Akagiyama, one of the "three famous mountains" of Gunma Prefecture, where fall colors have meanwhile descended to altitudes of around 1500 to 2000 meters above sea level and reached Akagiyama's summit.


Looking over Gunma's prefectural capital Maebashi, Akagiyama is a popular recreation area for local residents, but is only little known among international visitors. Its tourist facilities date back several decades and make a somewhat run down but nostalgic impression.

Rental boats at Ono Pond

Akagiyama is a dormant volcano with a summit caldera, which attracts visitors with some ponds, a small marshland and hiking trails.


The largest pond in Akagiyama's caldera is Ono (lit. "large pond"). Several restaurants, boat rental places and souvenir shops, as well as Akagi Shrine, can be found along its shores.

Ono Pond from Akagi Shrine

Not far from Ono lies Kakumanbuchi, a small marshland with pond, which is also nicknamed "Little Oze" after the larger, more famous marshlands of nearby Oze National Park. A circular trail leads around the central pond and gave me the impression of having returned to Hokkaido.


Finally I visited Kono (lit. "small pond"), which also offered some nice autumn colors around its undeveloped shores. The colors in the higher altitudes of Akagiyama should remain worth seeing for at least another week.

Kono Pond

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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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