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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2008/11/12 - Fuji Five Lakes

by schauwecker

Mount Fuji towering over Lake Kawaguchi (Kawaguchiko), framed by red maple leaves and blue sky... This is the photo I hoped to capture during this 2-day koyo trip to Fujigoko (Fuji Five Lakes).

While the autumn colors in the area were at their best and should remain so for at least another week, the overcast sky did not allow me to take the desired photo. But at least, Mount Fuji was fully visible on the first day of my visit (November 11).

Because the cloud cover was thicker on the western side of the mountain than on the eastern side, I headed east to Yamanakako (Lake Yamanaka), where I enjoyed colorful maple trees along the lakeshore in combination with Mount Fuji.

On the second day (November 12), the weather further worsened. Mount Fuji did not show itself even once, while I explored the area around Kawaguchiko (Lake Kawaguchi) and Saiko (Lake Sai).

I visited some of the area's countless museums. Among them, the Itchiku Kubota Art Museum was the highlight not only because of the artist's fabulous kimono, but also the beautiful autumn colors in the museum garden.

Another pleasant stop along the route was Iyashi no Sato, an open air museum with many craft shops at the western end of Saiko.

After a late and hearty hoto lunch, the region's most famous dish, I left Fujigoko, envying those who are able to visit the region during the coming days, for which the weather forecast is considerably better.

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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