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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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2009/10/16 - Onuma Park


by schauwecker

I concluded my 3-day autumn leaf report through Southern Hokkaido with a visit to Onuma Quasi National Park just north of Hakodate. The park is easily accessible by train and is centered around two lakes, Onuma ("large pond") and Konuma ("small pond"), at the foot of Mount Komagatake. Attractive, easy walking trails provide visitors with views of the idyllic landscape.

Autumn colors around the lakes have reached an attractive state, but will improve further over the coming days. Maple trees provided the most vibrant colors. While some of them were still green, most have started to change into yellow and orange, and a few branches have already matured into shades of red.

Onuma Park through a colorful maple tree
The same tree as above displays the whole range of autumn colors

When I reached Onuma Park around 6:30am, morning mist still covered the lakes, but the rising sun quickly burnt it away. I encountered almost no other persons along the walking trails, which added to the idyllic atmosphere. Only when I completed my walk around 8:30am, the first bus loads of tourists arrived at the site.

Morning mist over Konuma
Islands of Onuma and Mount Komagatake in the background

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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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