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Autumn Color Report 2013
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2013/09/21 - Kurodake Report
by schauwecker

Upper slopes of Mount Kurodake

On my second and last reporting day in Daisetsuzan National Park I visited Sounkyo Onsen to climb Mount Kurodake. Kurodake is almost 2000 meters high, but thanks to a ropeway and chairlift, tourists can reach the summit in just a one hour hike from the upper chairlift station.

The trees along the ropeway were still green
Some trees along the chairlift have started to change colors

The colors along the chairlift and the lower sections of the steep hiking trail were still at an early state, but the slopes near the summit were burning with orange and red nanakamado bushes. Over the coming weeks, the colors will gradually move down the slope down into the valley where they should reach the town of Sounkyo around mid October.

Moderate colors along the lower sections of the hiking trail
Gaining altitude
Reaching the colorful upper slopes of Kurodake
Autumn colors near the summit of Kurodake
Autumn colors near the summit of Kurodake
Autumn colors near the summit of Kurodake
Extreme winds made standing on the summit of Mount Kurodake difficult
View from the summit into the interior of the Daisetsuzan Mountains

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List of Posts:
2013/12/11 - Tokyo Report
2013/12/10 - Kyoto Report
2013/12/06 - Kamakura Report
2013/12/03 - Tokyo Report
2013/11/29 - Kyoto Report
2013/11/28 - Kanazawa Report
2013/11/27 - Osaka Report
2013/11/26 - Kyoto Report
2013/11/26 - Tokyo Report
2013/11/22 - Kyoto Report
2013/11/21 - Miyajima Report
2013/11/20 - Tokyo Report
2013/11/19 - Korankei Report
2013/11/18 - Kyoto Report
2013/11/18 - Fujigoko Report
2013/11/13 - Kyoto Report
2013/11/12 - Tokyo Report
2013/11/11 - Sakurayama Report
2013/11/08 - Karuizawa Report
2013/11/06 - Fujigoko Report
2013/10/30 - Towada Report
2013/10/29 - Nikko Report
2013/10/29 - Yamadera Report
2013/10/28 - Urabandai Report
2013/10/22 - Gunma Report
2013/10/18 - Nasu Report
2013/10/17 - Nikko Report
2013/10/14 - Fujisan Report
2013/10/12 - Hakkodasan Report
2013/10/10 - Oze Report
2013/10/08 - Nikko Report
2013/09/27 - Tateyama Report
2013/09/21 - Kurodake Report
2013/09/20 - Asahidake Report