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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2009/11/23 - Nara


by francois

After about a week of reporting from Kyoto, today I checked out the fall colours ("koyo") in Nara. I only had time to see a couple of Japanese gardens in the center of the city near Nara Park before leaving to investigate attractions not related to koyo elsewhere in Nara Prefecture. I was pleasantly surprised at both locations by a fair amount of colour.

The first garden was the Yoshikien Garden, which is free to enter for foreigners. There was a pond area, tea house buildings, and some paths with red maples hanging overhead that are at their peak. The garden's main area is a moss garden that also has maple trees that are at their autumn colour peak.

Bright red maple trees over the paths of Yoshikien
Koyo in Yoshikien's Moss Garden

Just a few steps away was the Isuien Garden, which unfortunately had an admission fee (650 yen). The garden was quite a bit bigger though, and had rock paths across the water and large hills. One of the gates of Todaiji Temple and the nearby Wakakusa Mountain are visible from the garden and are used as borrowed scenery. Isuien also had maple trees at full bloom, as well as bright red shrubs, which were starting to lose a lot of their leaves.

Autumn colours at Isuien Garden, with Todaiji and Wakakusa Mountain as borrowed scenery
Red shrubs along the paths are starting to lose their leaves
Maple leaves surround a small waterfall

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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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