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2012/09/21 - Asahidake Report
by schauwecker

Mount Asahidake in the morning sun

Three days after my first visit, I returned to Mount Asahidake today. In the meantime, temperatures have dropped to somewhat more seasonable values, but the nanakamado bushes around the mountain have not progressed considerably since Tuesday. Green and yellow remained the dominating colors.

Asahidake Ropeway
Approaching the upper station
Mount Asahidake from the upper ropeway station
Upper ropeway station
Chinguruma field with Asahidake's volcanic vents in the background

The main intention of my report trip today was a visit to the Susoaidaira Plateau, a 90-120 minute hike north of the upper ropeway station. The plateau is known for its many nanakamado bushes and large chinguruma fields, two main providers of autumn colors in the high elevations of Daisetsuzan National Park.

The side trip to the Susoaidaira Plateau is recommended to autumn color fans who would like to venture beyond the 45 minute walking loop around the ropeway's upper station which often gets crowded with tour groups. The hike is not difficult, but requires proper footwear.

Today, the Susoaidaira Plateau was still dominated by green and yellow, and there were only a few patches of orange and almost no red. However, the leaves of many nanakamado bushes still looked fresh and healthy to me and will hopefully mature into deeper tones of orange and red over the coming days.

Susoaidaira Plateau
Susoaidaira Plateau

A special sight was provided by the large chinguruma fields, for which the plateau is known for. This cute plant's leaves are now turning red, contributing their part to the seasonal scenery, together with the plant's fluffy, white seeds which remain from its flower.

The Susoaidaira Plateau is known for its large chinguruma fields
Large chinguruma fields at the base of Mount Asahidake
Elevated hiking trail leading through chinguruma fields

This report concludes our first reporting trip to Daisetsuzan National Park. We will return here later next week, when we hope to be able to catch the peak of the season.

Mount Asahidake

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2012/11/29 - Kyoto Report
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2012/11/08 - Koyasan Report
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2012/11/07 - Nikko Report
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2012/10/31 - Towada Report
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2012/10/16 - Norikura Report
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2012/10/15 - Kamikochi Report
2012/10/12 - Oze Report
2012/10/11 - Hachimantai Report
2012/10/10 - Bandai Report
2012/10/09 - Nikko Report
2012/10/05 - Route 292 Report
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2012/09/28 - Kurodake Report
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