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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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2008/11/05 - Nikko (2)

by nicola

Fall colours in Nikko

Nikko is a popular sightseeing destination year round, but it is especially busy during the autumn leaf season. Yesterday's visit was too late to catch Nikko's upper elevations at their best, but the town offered some nice autumn colours.

Lake Chuzenji and Mount Nantai

We began the day in the Chuzenjiko area, passing by all the attractions. As schauwecker noted in his October 16th report, the area had already peaked in terms of autumn leaves. Around Lake Chuzenji, the weather was beautiful and crisp, but Mount Nantai's trees were already bare.

Ryuzu Falls

Nearby at Ryuzu Falls, crowds were gathered despite the lack of colours. Ryuzu is an especially famous fall colour spot.

View of Irohazaka Road from Akechidaira Plateau

From Chuzenjiko, we headed towards Nikko's most famous colour spot, Irohazaka Winding Road. Weekends in October usually see this road at a traffic standstill, but yesterday was relatively quiet. Towards the bottom of Irohazaka, some nice reds and golds improved the lovely scenery even further.

The approach to Nikko's Toshogu Shrine

After the drop in elevation from Lake Chuzenji to Nikko town, some better colours appeared. Peak season for Nikko town's trees is fast approaching, and many trees were displaying beautiful colours.

Inside Rinnoji's Shoyoen Garden

Nikko was busy with visitors, particularly around the Toshogu Shrine area. While these Unesco World Heritage Shrines are beautiful at any time of year, they are not really enhanced by the fall colours as most of the trees in the area are evergreen.

Enjoying the best colours of the day in Shoyoen Garden

One of the day's final stops was Rinnoji Temple's Shoyoen Garden. To our surprise, the garden had several small momiji trees awash in autumn colours. We photographed the red, yellow and golden garden along with dozens of other happy visitors.

Shoyoen Garden

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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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