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.
2009/09/30 - Kusatsu Onsen
In the mountains of central and eastern Japan, autumn colors have meanwhile descended into altitudes of around 2000 meters above sea level.
Today we drove along Japan's highest national route, Route 292, which connects Shiga Kogen in Nagano Prefecture with Kusatsu Onsen, one of the country's best hot spring resorts in Gunma Prefecture. The road climbs to 2172 meters above sea and passes Mount Shirane, an active volcano, along the way.
Coming from the Nagano side, the colors started to be pretty around Shiga Kogen and seemed to be at their peak along the highest section of the road and around Mount Shirane. However, because of thick fog, our views of the colors and the spectacular mountain landscape was limited considerably.
List of Posts:
2009/12/08 - Tokyo
2009/12/02 - Kamakura
2009/11/27 - Tokyo
2009/10/28 - Mount Fuji