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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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2009/10/28 - Mount Fuji


by scott

Mt. Fuji from Lake Kawaguchi

Today we headed down to Mount Fuji to check out how the leaves are progressing around a few of the 5th Stations around the mountain and at Lake Kawaguchi. It has been our experience that you really need to arrive as close to sunrise as possible for a clear view of Mt. Fuji, as it is often obscured by clouds by mid morning. Sure enough, stopping of at Lake Kawaguchi just after sunrise gave us a wonderfully clear view of the mountain. The trees around the lake turned out to be further along than expected with cherry trees being the predominant tree in color, while the maples are just beginning to turn. The following shot was taken an area of the lake that is famous for its cherry trees which can be seen in our April 16, 2009 Cherry Blossom Report.

Mt. Fuji from a famous cherry blossom spot on Lake Kawaguchi

Next we headed up to the Kawaguchi 5th Station, which is the largest and most visited of the stations on Mt. Fuji. The trees along the Subaru Line toll road which leads to the station were most colorful at the lower elevations around the first station. Farther up the road the colors began to thin out, however around the fourth station we started coming across lots of yellow larch trees, a late changing species, which were in full color. The Kawaguchi 5th Station was quite colorful with larch trees extending all the way up to the tree line.

Along the Subaru Line toll road to the Kawaguchi 5th Station
The trailhead to the summit from the Kawaguchi 5th Station
View over Fujigoko from the Kawaguchi 5th Station

Next we headed to the Subashiri 5th Station just across the border in Shizuoka Prefecture. Again, the road up to the station was predominantly past its peak, while the higher elevations had lots of yellow larch trees. Although the trails to the summit officially close this weekend, there is a short 15 minute hike from the Subashiri trailhead to the peak of Kofuji, a small volcanic outcropping on the side of Mt. Fuji. From Kofuji there were quite nice views over Fujigoko below, however as it was midmorning, the top of Mt. Fuji was already shrouded in clouds.

Subashiri 5th Station looking toward the cloud covered peak of Mt. Fuji
Kofuji Peak
View from Kofuji

Upon returning to the Subashiri 5th Station, we stopped at one of the small rustic shops for lunch. They seemed to specialize in mushrooms and we enjoyed some delicious mushroom spaghetti and mushroom udon before heading home.

Mushroom Spaghetti

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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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