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Autumn Color Report 2012
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2012/11/15 - Shosenkyo Report
by sean

Kakuenpo Peak

Shosenkyo Gorge in Yamanashi Prefecture is considered one of Japan's most beautiful gorges, offering great natural scenery consisting of landscapes with cliffs and many interestingly shaped rocks, a nature trail which runs along Arakawa River in the valley, and the famous view of Kakuenpo Peak.

Today I took a bus from Kofu (Yamanashi's capital city) to the foot of the gorge, from where I started a four-kilometer gentle hike up to the Sengataki Waterfall, passing by Kakuenpo Peak along the way. Just above the waterfall was a small town of restaurants and shops, mostly selling souvenirs and gifts made of crystal and precious rocks, which seemed to be the local specialty.

A further short walk took me to the bottom station of the Shosenkyo Ropeway, where I took a five-minute gondola ride to the observation area above, which provided panoramic views of the Southern Japanese Alps, Arakawa dam and Mount Fuji. Despite it being a weekday, there were quite a number of visitors at Shosenkyo Gorge today, evidently seen by how packed the gondolas were.

Autumn colors were not fantastic from the entrance of the gorge up till about one-thirds into the hike, when some nice autumn foliage and a carpet of red fallen leaves decorated the Tenkorin Forest (the size of it was more like a garden though). Walking on, I spotted more colors around Rakanji Temple and the small bridge that leads to it.

The scenery for the rest of the climb towards Sengataki Waterfall was magnificent, especially as the path provided nice views of Kakuenpo Peak from different vantage points. Autumn colors were still not at their best, but already very pleasant. At the observation area at the top station of Shosenkyo Ropeway, I was delighted that clear skies allowed for unobstructed views of Mount Fuji. As I enjoyed the view before me, I was thinking that Scott, who was reporting from the Fuji Five Lakes at the same time, must have had been able to get great views of it too.

Nagatorobashi Bridge at the entrance to the gorge
River and rocks
Cars and pedestrians share a road up till the greenline parking lot, beyond which cars are not allowed
Nice maples
Tenkorin Forest
Rakanjibashi Bridge
Arakawa River
In front of Rakanji Temple
Restaurant by the river, where Kakuenpo Peak can be seen
Kakuenpo
Rainbow spotted at Sengataki
People pray for matrimony and for children at this shrine
Small town above Sengataki was bustling with activity
Shosenkyo Ropeway
View of Arakawa Dam from the top station
Mount Fuji

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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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