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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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2009/11/22 - Kyoto: Ohara


by francois

In rural Ohara, the trees and mountainside are quite colourful

Today, I headed back to northern Kyoto in search of autumn colours ("koyo"). Having visited the rural town of Kurama for the November 16, 2009 Koyo Report, I went today to the nearby town of Ohara instead, which is also rural, nestled in a valley and known to see autumn colors a few days earlier than central Kyoto.

Schauwecker visited the town's famous Sanzen-in Temple for the November 12, 2009 Koyo Report. At that time, the temple's colours were near their peak. Now, ten days later, many of the leaves have fallen. Schauwecker was able to capture some nice pictures of bright red trees around the temple's paths, but people today were likely disappointed by how few of the leaves remain.

A view that has become a lot less colourful since ten days ago
Only a few leaves hang above the line of sightseers

As some leaves fall, there are still others that have yet to turn, so there will still be a few more opportunities for koyo viewing in the next few days. Many trees provided rich colours in the forests behind the main temple buildings.

A large maple tree in one of Sanzen-in's gardens is just starting to change colour
A bridge surrounded by koyo behind the temple's main buildings

One particularly nice example of koyo I found today was about a 15 minute walk from Sanzen-in at the Otonashi waterfall. Only a few people had taken the hike, allowing the waterfall and koyo to be enjoyed without large crowds.

Koyo surrounds the Otonashi waterfall

The next stop was Jakko-in Temple, located on the other side of the valley. The koyo situation was quite similar to Sanzen-in, with more leaves on the ground than on the trees. Because Jakko-in is much smaller than Sanzen-in, there were no forest areas to provided a koyo alternative to the trees around the paths and buildings.

Many bare branches on the trees surrounding the temple's gate
Some of Jakko-in's best koyo was behind the temple's main building (the Hondo)
Getting a picture of the last few leaves

The staff at both temples said that the colours came early this year, reaching their peak about a week ago. However, similar to Kurama on November 16, the mountainside trees were very colourful despite the fact that those on the temple grounds were becoming bare.

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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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