Autumn Color Report 2012
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2012/11/01 - Kuju Report
by sean

Today I visited the Kuju Mountains, which are part of the Aso-Kuju National Park, located across Oita and Kumamoto prefectures. The weather forecast had predicted a cloudy, cold and windy morning for the day, not exactly the best conditions for hiking, but because I woke up early, I thought I'd try my luck.

By 6:45 I was at Makinoto Pass, where one of the trailheads to the Kuju Peak starts. However, after a couple of camera shots I had to relent to the unforgiving cold and wind, and retreat back into my car. The forecast also predicted that the weather would improve later in the day, so I decided to first visit the nearby Kurokawa Onsen and Kuju Flower Park.

These two attractions are located at the foot of Kuju Mountains' southern slopes. As I descended to lower elevations, the sky cleared up considerably and I was able to catch some nice views, with some autumn colors. Kurokawa Onsen isn't exactly known for its autumn scenery, but it is popular for its quality hot spring baths. It was my first visit to Kuju Flower Park, and I found it to be quite pleasant indeed. The big park has on display various seasonal flowers, with the exception of winter ones.

The season for autumn leaves at Kuju Mountains is unfortunately over. Maybe for a couple more days, visitors could see rare pockets of red or yellow, but most of the deciduous trees have already lost their leaves. Views of the surrounding mountain range along the hiking trail were great nonetheless.

A class of kindergarten school children whom I crossed paths with at a challenging section of the hike made my day: the inclination was steep enough to require ladders, but those cute little ones, each of height no taller than three rungs of the ladders, managed to proceed on slowly but unwaveringly, independent of help.

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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