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Autumn Color Report 2010

This is the official autumn color report for 2010. Please visit also our guide to autumn leaves for more general information and our schedule of upcoming reports.

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2010/09/29 - Oze Report
by scott

Ozegahara Marshland

It's been two weeks of poor weather since our last autumn color report from Kurodake, so we took advantage of today's brief respite from the rain to head up to Oze National Park to check out the progression of the leaf changing (koyo) up in the mountains.

Oze National Park is famous for the Ozegahara Marshland, which hikers visit in autumn to see the marsh grasses change color (kusa momiji). The grasses turn shades of yellow and orange, just as trees do, and usually peak in color between late September and early October.

Ozegahara Marshland

Today the weather was good and the marshland provided a pleasant koyo hike where you could see sprinklings of red mountain shrubs and orange ferns amid a sea of grass that is just beginning to yellow. It should continue to color more as the season progresses.

Compared to a usual year, however, the colors around the marshland are running a little late, which we have also seen on previous koyo trips this year. Despite today's visit being nearly a week later than last year's report, for example, this year's grasses are quite a bit greener and are only just beginning to transition to their autumn color hues.

Ozegahara Marshland

I hope that this only means that the season is delayed in Oze and that the grasses will still be able to reach fuller, more brilliant shades of yellow and orange, but I suspect that the colors may end up having a shorter duration this year since some of the grass appeared to already be dying and turning brown without fully transitioning to yellow or orange first as they have in the past.

One last observation is that the trees along the trails are still as green as can be. I saw a hint of yellow here and there but it looks like it will be a little while before Oze's trees (or at least the one's that aren't evergreen) begin to change color.

Green trees along the trail from the Hatomachitoge Trailhead to the marshland

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List of Posts:
2010/12/09 - Tokyo Report
2010/12/06 - Kamakura Report
2010/12/01 - Kyoto Report

2010/11/30 - Tokyo Report
2010/11/26 - Kyoto Report
2010/11/26 - Osaka Report
2010/11/25 - Kyoto Report
2010/11/24 - Tokyo Report
2010/11/24 - Kyoto Report
2010/11/23 - Kyoto Report
2010/11/19 - Kyoto Report
2010/11/19 - Sakurayama Report
2010/11/18 - Nara Report
2010/11/17 - Kyoto Report
2010/11/17 - Ise Report
2010/11/16 - Tokyo Report
2010/11/16 - Koyasan Report
2010/11/15 - Kyoto Report
2010/11/10 - Kyoto Report
2010/11/09 - Fujigoko Report
2010/11/05 - Yamadera Report
2010/11/04 - Daisen Report

2010/10/27 - Kuju Report
2010/10/27 - Nikko Report
2010/10/26 - Kirishima Report
2010/10/19 - Noboribetsu Report
2010/10/15 - Akita Report
2010/10/14 - Nikko Report
2010/10/14 - Akita Report
2010/10/05 - Nikko Report

2010/09/29 - Oze Report
2010/09/15 - Kurodake Report
2010/09/14 - Asahidake Report

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