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Autumn Color Report 2009

This are the official autumn color reports for 2009 from our trips to various autumn leaf spots across Japan. Check our page on Autumn Leaves for general information.

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2009/09/16 - Tokachidake Onsen

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Ryounkaku's outdoor bath at Tokachidake Onsen

We spent the last night of our 3-day Hokkaido report trip at the Ryounkaku mountain lodge in Tokachidake Onsen, a small hot spring resort in the southwest of Daisetsuzan National Park, not far from Furano. The lodge is located at 1300 meters above sea level on the slope of Mount Tokachidake and is famous for its outdoor baths.

Autumn colors along the slopes of Mount Tokachidake in the early morning

The upper elevations of Mount Tokachidake are already dotted with autumn colors, but according to the mountain lodge staff, the peak of the season is not expected to be reached for another nine days, i.e. until around September 25.

Along the hiking trail to Ansei Crater

The trailhead of a hiking course to the peak of Mount Tokachidake is located at Tokachidake Onsen. But instead of climbing all the way to the mountain's peak, we decided to walk only as far as the Ansei Crater along the way.

Ansei Crater with some autumn colors

The walk takes about two hours (round trip) and leads into the back of a valley with lots of sulfurous vents in a Mars like landscape.

Mars like landscape in Ansei Crater

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List of Posts:
2009/12/08 - Tokyo
2009/12/02 - Kamakura

2009/11/27 - Tokyo
2009/11/26 - Kyoto
2009/11/25 - Kyoto: Light Up
2009/11/23 - Nara
2009/11/22 - Kyoto: Ohara
2009/11/21 - Kyoto
2009/11/19 - Kyoto: Arashiyama
2009/11/18 - Tokyo
2009/11/18 - Kyoto: Higashiyama
2009/11/16 - Kyoto: Kurama
2009/11/16 - Mount Takao (Takaosan)
2009/11/12 - Kyoto
2009/11/09 - Fuji Five Lakes
2009/11/04 - Hakone

2009/10/28 - Mount Fuji
2009/10/19 - Nikko
2009/10/16 - Onuma Park
2009/10/15 - Noboribetsu Onsen
2009/10/14 - Shikotsu-Toya National Park
2009/10/07 - Hachimantai
2009/10/06 - Mount Akita-Komagatake
2009/10/05 - Nikko

2009/09/30 - Kusatsu Onsen
2009/09/28 - Kamikochi
2009/09/24 - Oze National Park
2009/09/16 - Tokachidake Onsen
2009/09/15 - Ginsendai
2009/09/14 - Mount Asahidake