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Autumn Color Report 2011
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2011/11/18 - Kyoto Report
by schauwecker

Due to the warm weather of the past weeks, the autumn colors in Kyoto are lagging about ten days behind their average schedule, which is an even greater delay than last year, when they were also delayed. I expect the season to peak in late November and early December.

Today I headed to Takao in the mountains just north of Kyoto where the colors are usually about a week ahead of those in the city center. It is one of the few places reported to already approach the peak of the season. Indeed, Takao and its historic temples were already quite colorful today.

Takao

Takao's most popular koyo spot is Jingoji Temple whose approach and grounds are decorated with hundreds of maple trees. Some of the leaves along the approach looked a little bit dry and suggested that 2011 isn't going to be Takao's most brilliant koyo year, but the scenery was very pleasant, nevertheless. The colors should further intensify over the coming days.

Along the approach to Jingoji Temple
Along the approach to Jingoji Temple
Along the approach to Jingoji Temple
The wonderful stone stairs leading to Jingoji's main hall
The wonderful stone stairs leading to Jingoji's main hall
The wonderful stone stairs leading to Jingoji's main hall
Some leaves seemed to have suffered from the prolonged above average temperatures

A short walk further along the valley is Saimyoji, another temple famous for its seasonal colors. Here too, the colors were already quite nice but still showed some room for improvement.

Saimyoji Temple
Saimyoji Temple

Next I visited Arashiyama where I encountered the season still at an early stage. The mountainside behind the Togetsukyo Bridge did not show much color yet, although quite a few trees on the grounds of nearby Tenryuji Temple already had turned quite attractive. The season will probably peak in about a week.

Togetsukyo Bridge in Arashiyama
Tenryuji Temple
Tenryuji's pond garden with the Arashiyama mountains as borrowed scenery
Tenryuji's pond garden

I also visited Jojakkoji, one of my favorite temples for autumn colors in Arashiyama. Here too, the trees have started to change, but will require quite a few more cold nights in order to mature into the spectacular yellows and reds that can be expected later on.

Lots of green at Jojakkoji Temple
Some trees have started to color at Jojakkoji Temple
Jojakkoji Temple
Jojakkoji Temple

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2011/12/13 - Tokyo Report
2011/12/08 - Kamakura Report
2011/12/05 - Tokyo Report
2011/12/02 - Kyoto Report
2011/12/01 - Nara Report

2011/11/30 - Kyoto Report
2011/11/29 - Kyoto Report
2011/11/28 - Kyoto Report
2011/11/27 - Tokyo Report
2011/11/27 - Kyoto Report
2011/11/23 - Kanazawa Report
2011/11/22 - Tokyo Report
2011/11/22 - Kyoto Report
2011/11/21 - Miyajima Report
2011/11/20 - Kyoto Report
2011/11/18 - Kyoto Report
2011/11/15 - Tokyo Report
2011/11/13 - Kyoto Report
2011/11/12 - Unzen Report
2011/11/09 - Sakurayama Report
2011/11/08 - Fujigoko Report
2011/11/04 - Kurobe Report
2011/11/02 - Mitakesan Report

2011/10/27 - Nikko Report
2011/10/27 - Towadako Report
2011/10/26 - Hakkodasan Report
2011/10/21 - Fukushima Report
2011/10/20 - Zao Report
2011/10/19 - Naruko Report
2011/10/12 - Nikko Report
2011/10/12 - Oze Report
2011/10/07 - Nasu Report
2011/10/03 - Nikko Report

2011/09/27 - Norikura Report
2011/09/14 - Ginsendai Report
2011/09/13 - Asahidake Report

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