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Autumn Color Report 2009
by japan-guide.com

This are the official japan-guide.com 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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2009/09/24 - Oze National Park


by francois

Mt. Hiuchigatake and the Kusa Momiji of the Ozegahara Marshland

The fall colours are beginning to appear in Honshu, in areas of higher elevations such as Oze National Park. Oze is mostly located in the prefectures of Gunma and Fukushima, and is accessible by public transportation from Tokyo as a day trip. Today we went to Oze to check out the development of the koyo (fall colors), and explored two main areas: the Ozegahara Marshland and Ozenuma Pond.

Oze's fall colors are now at a generally attractive level, mostly due to the rich color of the kusa momiji ("grass fall colours") in the wetland areas. The tall leaves of grass that project around the wooden walkways have turned into vibrant fields of yellows and reds, and make up for the trees along the mountain sides and in the forests. The trees of Oze, except for a few exceptions, are just starting to change colors. Koyo in the area will continue to improve into the first half of Ocotober.

We started the day by taking a bus to the Hatomachitoge Pass and walking down to the Ozegahara Marshland. The walk through the forest provided few instances of koyo, though there were a few exceptions.

One of a few examples of Koyo along the walk to the Ozegahara Marshland

Upon arriving at the Marshland, we were treated to an abundance of color. The six kilometer walk through the marshland was one of the highlights of the day, and there was a substantial number of other people also enjoying the colors and taking photographs.

Pools of Water and Yellow Kusa Momiji
Red Kusa Momiji surrounds the wooden walkways of the Ozegahara Marshland

Again there was little koyo while travelling through the forest between the marshland and Ozenuma pond. Around Ozenuma, the most colorful areas were those that had grass growing alongside the pond or sections of the path that crossed through small wetlands. There were a few instances of trees whose leaves had turned into brilliant colours, but not many.

Ozenuma Pond through the trees, with some yellow Kusa Momiji alongside the water
Yellow leaves, Ozenuma pond, and Mt. Hiuchigatake
A bit of Koyo seen from the path approaching Ozenuma Pond

Walking out of the park through the valley south of Ozenuma, there were some attractive views but almost no fall colours.

Still little change of color in the valley south of Ozenuma Pond

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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

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