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Autumn Color Report 2012
Official autumn color reports by japan-guide.com

Where to see autumn leaves? - When do trees turn colors? - What trees turn colors?
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2012/11/08 - Koyasan Report
by schauwecker

Yesterday I reported that Kyoto is still at an early stage of the autumn color season. Tourists wishing to see the peak of the season in the Kansai Region now, need to make a trip into higher elevations. Among the possible destinations is Koyasan (Mount Koya), which I visited today.

The town of Koyasan is located at an elevation of around 1000 meters above sea level, three hours south of Kyoto. Its maple and ginkgo trees were at the peak of their seasonal beauty today. Considering the state of the leaves, I estimate that the mountain will remain a worthwhile koyo destination for several more days to come.

I started at Okunoin, the mausoleum of Kobo Daishi, one of the leading figures in Japan's religious history and founder of Koyasan. The mausoleum is surrounded by a huge cemetery with graves by generations of people seeking proximity to the great saint. Okunoin is not considered a koyo spot, featuring mainly large, evergreen cryptomeria trees. There was only one small area of spectacular autumn colors near the Eirenden Hall.

Okunoin is not considered a koyo spot
But there is one area with nice colors in front of the Eirenden Hall
Nice colors at Okunoin

Many of the best colors were around the town center, in particular along the approach to the Garan and nearby Kongobuji Temple, the head temple on Koyasan.

Entrance of Kongobuji Temple
The Banryutei Rock Garden in the back of Kongobuji Temple
Approach to the Garan
Approach to the Garan
Red on red along the approach to the Garan
Garan
Garan seen from above

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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

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