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Autumn Color Report 2013
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2013/10/18 - Nasu Report
by sean

Today I spent a fabulous day at Nasu. The town lies on the northern edge of Tochigi Prefecture, and it has lots to offer year round. Here, there are nice hiking trails, ski runs, hot spring baths, and great autumn colors - as I found out today.

My destination for the day was Mount Nasu, which consists of five major peaks collectively known as the Nasu-go-take (Nasu Five Peaks). With partial help from the Nasu Ropeway, I scaled the Chausudake Peak at 1915 meters tall.

The upper section of Chausudake was a rugged terrain of earth and rocks, but the view onto the neighboring mountain slopes, especially those of Asahidake Peak to the northeast, yielded fantastic autumn colors at their very best. The autumn leaves, with all their glory, complemented the brilliant mountain landscapes to produce some truly splendid scenery.

Walking from the parking lot to the ropeway station
Arriving at the top ropeway station
Looking down
Many people, including schools of children, were out hiking
View along the way up
Some were concentrating on their ascent
Others were taking time to enjoy the scenery
Shrine at the peak
View from the peak
View from the peak 2
View from the peak 3
Making my way down
Sulphuric gas escaping from vent
Colors close up
Colors close up 2
Road sign

After descending the mountain on foot, I headed to the Tsutsuji (Azalea) Fields and the Tsutsuji Suspension Bridge. Autumn colors around there were not very attractive yet, but could improve when more of the tsutsuji leaves and other vegetation gradually produce warmer colors over the next week or two.

Azalea Fields
Tsutsuji Suspension Bridge

I rounded up the day with visits to the Murder Stone and the nearby Shika no Yu onsen. I found the Murder Stone to be somewhat interesting, more because of the sulphuric smoke escaping naturally from the ground than the stone itself. But the Shika no Yu bath house; that was an absolute gem: authentic, great atmosphere, great hot spring water. Pictures are not allowed inside so I cannot show any, but I would strongly recommend anyone to go and experience it for him or herself.

Paths leading to the Murder Stone
The one with a shimenawa sacred rope tied around it is the Murder Stone

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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

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