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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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2009/10/15 - Noboribetsu Onsen

by schauwecker

Noboribetsu Jigokudani

I spent the second day of my 3-day autumn leaf report trip to Southern Hokkaido in Noboribetsu Onsen, one of Japan's best hot spring resorts. Noboribetsu is blessed with a beautiful jigokudani ("hell valley"), that provides the town's ryokan with many different kinds of hot spring water.

Autumn colors in Noboribetsu's Jigokudani were close to their peak today and added an additional dimension to the already amazing scenery.

Noboribetsu Jigokudani

Pleasant walking trails through the forest connect the Jigokudani with other places of volcanic activity in the hills above Noboribetsu. Among them, Oyunuma is a highly sulfuric pond with hot water bubbling up and a surface temperature of around 50 degrees. Colorful trees and bushes provided an attractive contrast to the pond's grey-blueish water.


Flowing out of Oyunuma is a river called Oyunumagawa. The river, still hot and flowing through the forest, made for an out-of-this-world scenery. And if you walk along the river a few more minutes, it gets even better: you get treated with a natural foot bath.

Natural Foot Bath along Oyunumagawa

Seeing and smelling all the wonderful sulfurous waters, I developed a strong desire to immerse myself completely in one of Noboribetsu's hot spring baths. So, I headed to the Takimotokan, the ryokan with the best baths in town. While the average onsen ryokan's baths offer one or maybe two different hot spring waters, the Takimotokan's feature as many as seven, all differing in character and benefits. The quality comes with a price, though: 2000 yen for a daytime visit.

The Takimotokan complex, standing next to the Jigokudani

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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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