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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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2008/11/20 - Miyajima

by schauwecker

This year's western most autumn leaf report brought me to Miyajima, the scenic island off Hiroshima, which is most famous for its floating torii gate.

Miyajima Town

Miyajima's prime location for autumn colors is Momijidani Koen ("Maple Valley Park"), located a five minute walk inland from Itsukushima Shrine in direction of the Miyajima Ropeway station.

Momijidani Koen

Many maple trees in the Momijidani have reached the peak of their autumnal beauty. The valley will be attracting autumn color viewers for at least another week.

Momijidani Koen

From Momijidani Koen I took the ropeway up Misen, the tallest mountain on Miyajima. Pockets of autumn colors were spicing up the mountain's forested slopes, which are dominated by evergreens.

Reikando Hall near the summit of Misen

Rather than descending Misen by ropeway, I walked down along one of its three hiking trails. All of the trails are now open again after completion of repair works on the most attractive one, Daishoin Trail, which had been damaged by a typhoon a few years ago.

Near the summit of Misen

Before heading back to the ferry pier, I stopped by Miyajima's most important temple, Daishoin. Autumn colors on the temple grounds were quite attractive.

At Daishoin Temple

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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