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

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2012/11/23 - Miyajima Report
by sean

The famous floating torii gate

Today I headed west to Miyajima, famed as one of Japan's top three scenic spots. The island is separated from main land by a 15 minute ferry ride from Hiroshima. I visited a few of Miyajima's places of interest, with the intention of checking out some autumn colors. However, it was drizzling slightly in the morning, so I checked out the Miyajima Aquarium first.

On my way to the aquarium
Deer stopped to say hi
Fallen ginkgo leaves
Hiroshima and Miyajima are well-known for oyster farming
Rainbow colors
Nice tortoise

I started exploring when the drizzle stopped, walking up the slope to the Tahoto Pagoda. I noticed that the slopes up the hills south of Itsukushima Shrine were generally green dotted with some trees with intense yellow or red colors. The yellow was from the ginkgo trees and red from the maple trees, currently at their best. I am not entirely sure, but besides the evergreen trees, I think some of the other trees are of the species that just drop their leaves without changing colors.

Itsukushi Shrine and the five-storied pagoda can be seen from this vantage point
Tahoto Pagoda
Making my way to Daishoin Temple

Along the way to Daishoin Temple, I noticed several cherry trees with their last leaves barely hanging on. But the maples, they were at their peak, and that made Daishoin currently the best spot to view autumn colors with its many maple trees.

Gate of Daishoin
View at Daishoin
Tengu guarding the entrance to a temple building
Spinning the spinning wheels of sutra
Colors at Daishoin

I then made my way to Momijidani Park, which literally means "Valley of Maple Leaves". Here there were many beautiful maples, some of which had really saturated colors. I noticed however that there were also many trees which had shedded a considerable amount of leaves. Nevertheless, colors here should stay lovely here till at least when the weekend is over.

Approaching Momijidani Park
Vibrant colors at the park
Dressed to match

Finally, I took the ropeway up to the top station, from where it was a 30 minute hike to the summit of Mount Misen. On clear days, beautiful views of the Seto Inland Sea can be viewed from the summit, but unfortunately today was not one. It was nonetheless a pleasurable hike enhanced by encounters with deer and the occasional tree which provided some warm colors.

Miyajima Ropeway
Looking through an observation tube at the observation deck near the top station
Reikado Hall houses The Eternal Flame
Prayers were being held at the peak
Visibility wasn't good
Decending via the Daishoin Hiking Trial
Shrine reconstructed and opened in April this year

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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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