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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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2010/10/15 - Akita Report
by schauwecker

View from the bridge leading to Shin-Tamagawa Onsen

Today we continued our trip through Towada-Hachimantai National Park, where we checked on the autumn colors around the hot springs of Tamagawa Onsen and Goshogake Onsen.

Along the road between Tamagawa Onsen and Goshogake Onsen

With a PH of 1.2, the hot spring waters of Tamagawa Onsen are Japan's most acidic. Tamagawa Onsen also features a rare radioactive mineral, which attracts large numbers of cancer patients for the treatment of their disease. Colors around the volcanically active valley of Tamagawa Onsen have turned beautiful yellow and orange and are currently near or at their peak.

Tamagawa Onsen
Tamagawa Onsen
Tamagawa Onsen

We continued further towards Mount Hachimantai, where colors improved to orange and occasional reds. While highly enjoyable, the colors were markedly less brilliant and shiny than last year. It seems that many leaves turned into premature browns or did not turn as shiny as usual due to the heat of the past summer.

Near Goshogake Onsen

Colors around Goshogake Onsen, another hot spring with a spectacular volcanically active "hell valley", were already somewhat beyond their peak, but were still beautiful in combination with the bubbling mud ponds and steaming sulfur vents.

Goshogake Onsen
Goshogake Onsen

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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