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2012/10/09 - Nikko Report
by sean

Nikko, as popular a tourist destination as it tends to be, is particularly widely visited every autumn because it usually provides great autumn colors in combination with its famous places of interest. The varying elevations of the area prolongs the autumn leaves season here, as colors appear at higher altitudes first, before traversing to the lower sections.

We made our first autumn trip to Nikko for the year today, and found that colors there would probably need another week of cool temperatures before they reach peak. At higher levels, the overall picture was a mixture of yellowish green and pale orange; there was still a preponderance of green trees at lower levels. I personally found the scenery at Senjogahara Marshland already very appealing, with its silky grass already rich in golden color.

We hope to visit again in a week or two to see how much colors will have progressed. For those interested to visit, avoid weekends during the autumn leaves peak season as traffic conditions can get quite bad. Starting early is also highly recommended to avoid the crowds.

Some colors outside Konsei Pass at 1843 meters above sea level
Yumoto Onsen Town
Nanakamado leaves and fruit
Lake Yunoko at 1475 meters above sea level
Yudaki Waterfall
School excursion group at Senjogahara Marsh
Senjogahara Marsh
Deer at Senjogahara Marsh
Crowd at a bridge which provides a good vantage point of Ryuzu Waterfall
Ryuzu Waterfall with Lake Chuzenjiko in the background (1355 meters above sea level)
Leaves looking like potato chips
Stream leading towards Ryuzu Waterfall
Insect and dried fallen leaves
Ryuzu Waterfall viewed from below
Clouds covering the top of Mount Nantai
Colors at Kegon Waterfall were still mainly green (1282 meters above sea level)
View from Hangetsuyama Observation Deck obstructed by clouds

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List of Posts:
2012/12/11 - Tokyo Report
2012/12/07 - Tokyo Report
2012/12/05 - Kamakura Report
2012/12/02 - Kyoto Report
2012/12/01 - Tokyo Report

2012/11/29 - Kyoto Report
2012/11/29 - Himeji Report
2012/11/27 - Tokyo Report
2012/11/26 - Kyoto Report
2012/11/25 - Kyoto Report
2012/11/23 - Miyajima Report
2012/11/22 - Kyoto Report
2012/11/21 - Tokyo Report
2012/11/21 - Kyoto Report
2012/11/19 - Takaosan Report
2012/11/16 - Kyoto Report
2012/11/15 - Mount Fuji Report
2012/11/15 - Shosenkyo Report
2012/11/14 - Hakone Report
2012/11/13 - Tokyo Report
2012/11/09 - Sakurayama Report
2012/11/08 - Koyasan Report
2012/11/07 - Kyoto Report
2012/11/07 - Nikko Report
2012/11/07 - Yamadera Report
2012/11/06 - Naruko Report
2012/11/05 - Hiraizumi Report
2012/11/05 - Mount Fuji Report
2012/11/01 - Kuju Report

2012/10/31 - Towada Report
2012/10/30 - Bandai Report
2012/10/26 - Minakami Report
2012/10/24 - Nikko Report
2012/10/22 - Alpine Route Report
2012/10/18 - Noboribetsu Report
2012/10/18 - Sounkyo Report
2012/10/17 - Shiretoko Report
2012/10/16 - Norikura Report
2012/10/16 - Nikko Report
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
2012/10/04 - Alpine Route Report

2012/09/28 - Kurodake Report
2012/09/27 - Kogen Onsen Report
2012/09/26 - Asahidake Report
2012/09/21 - Asahidake Report
2012/09/20 - Kurodake Report
2012/09/18 - Asahidake Report