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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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2010/10/26 - Kirishima Report
by francois

The ridge trail of the Kirishima mountains seen from Mount Nakadake

Today we did our very first japan-guide autumn color report from Kyushu, as Schauwecker and I explored the koyo around the hiking trails of the Kirishima Mountains. Following the pattern of the autumn colors elsewhere in the country, Kirishima's leaves are all about a week behind schedule. The leaves are usually at full colour now, but this year the colors will be best seen sometime next week.

The trail up to Mount Nakadake
Pampas grass near the peak of Nakadake

The first stop of the day was the trail up to Mount Nakadake. Originally we had hoped to do one long hike across the middle of the mountains on a ridge trail, but we found out yesterday that Mount Shinmoedake had erupted this July and could not be approached, making the trail impassable.

Although there were no bright reds and yellows, the trail up to Nakadake had a nice fall atmosphere. At the very top of the mountain we came across a field of pampas grass which had a beautiful color. Although Ebino Kogen is known for its pampas, the most attractive instance of the grass this year was located on Mount Nakadake.

As seen from a lookoutpoint, some fall colors appear around the ponds in Ebino Kogen
A beautiful red tree near Ebino Kogen's pond and Mount Karakuni in the background

At Ebino Kogen we followed one of the trails that winds past a few large ponds in the area. Here we were able to find the best reds and yellows in Kirishima. Although the area did not make for a spectacular koyo spot, there were a few particular trees that had very attractive colors. The colors should continue to improve into next week.

Large patched of red trees on the mountainside of Mount Karakuni
The view of Ebino Kogen from the trail up to Karakuni's peak

As we explored Ebino Kogen's pond area we saw a large patch of red trees along the lower region of Mount Karakuni. We decided to take a closer look and began the trail to the peak. Unfortunately, the colors visible far away from the mountain cannot be seen from the trails within the forest. There was a bit of color though, and the condition should continue to improve.

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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