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Autumn Color Report 2013
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2013/10/29 - Nikko Report
by sean

The start to this week has seen clearer skies after last week's continuous rainy weather. As Scott remains in the Tohoku Region for more reporting, I visited Nikko again to follow up on my report almost two weeks ago. Expectedly, autumn colors have started to shift from the Okunikko area towards the lower elevations of central Nikko.

I made my usual first stop at Yumoto Onsen, and found the overall situation there to be past peak, but many pockets of colors by maples and larches were still seen.

Yunoko Lake at Yumoto Onsen Town, picturesque as always
Pampas grass drying up

Over at Senjogahara Marshland and Ryuzu no Taki, many of the deciduous trees have already shedded majority of their leaves, with the exception of the odd maple tree and some larch trees. I think it is fair to say that the autumn color season at these two locations are closing to the end of the season.

Beside the Sanbonmatsu parking lot, next to a Senjogahara observation point
Senjogahara Marshland
Ryuzu Waterfall

Meanwhile, the most vivid colors have descended to the surroundings of Lake Chuzenji. As I drove around the lake, I witnessed lively colors of yellow, red, and the whole spectrum of colors in between.

Tour buses arriving in numbers
Lake Chuzenji viewed from the Chuzenjiko Observation Deck (it was slightly foggy)

Some trees with saturated warm colors were spotted at Kegon Waterfall, but I think the overall picture has room for improvement. The situation was similar at the higher levels of the Irohazaka Winding Road, while trees at the lower levels would probably need few days to a week more of cool weather before they reach their best.

Kegon Waterfall
Irohazaka Winding Road
Some colors spotted along the Irohazaka
From a observation point at Irohazaka

My last stop for the day was at Shoyoen Garden down at central Nikko. The garden is popular for its lovely maple trees and it hosts light up events on evenings every autumn. This year, the event is taking place from October 25 to November 15, from 17:00 to 20:00 every evening (300 yen). Shoyoen has different varieties of maple trees; I found some of them to be already at their peak today, while others to be still quite green. Nice views can be expected here throughout the event period.

Shoyoen
Some maples

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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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