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Autumn Color Report 2013
Official autumn color reports by japan-guide.com

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2013/11/06 - Fujigoko Report
by scott

Around Lake Yamanakako
Today I headed down to the Fuji Five Lakes (Fujigoko) region at the base of Mount Fuji to check on the autumn color (koyo) season around the mountain. It's been about three weeks already since Sean made his report from the area and since then the colors have greatly improved.

I started my day at the Chureito Pagoda, the famous cherry blossom spot that offers nice views of the pagoda in combination with sakura and Mount Fuji. The cherry trees around the pagoda usually turn a dull shade of orange relatively early in the autumn season, and they had already lost most of their leaves by this morning . Instead it was the maple trees along the stairs and some of the slopes around the pagoda that were beginning to shine today with nice bright autumn colors that are just starting to approach their peak.

Chureito Pagoda
Along the stairs that descend from the pagoda
The slope next to the pagoda is covered in cherry and maple trees
Near the entrance to the shrine at the bottom of the hill
A carpet of golden ginkgo leaves cover the ground

After visiting the pagoda I drove over to the northern shore of Lake Kawaguchiko to check out the Koyo Tunnel. The rows of maple trees here were still in the relatively early stages of their autumn transformation and will need another few weeks to really reach their peak.

Koyo Tunnel
Mount Fuji from the lakeside near the Koyo Tunnel
Another part of the Koyo Tunnel

Next I checked out the Maple Corridor, a maple tree lined canal that leads to the Kubota Itchiku Kimono Museum. While many of the more exposed maple trees in this area were already reaching nice shades of orange and red, the trees that lined the canal area were still rather green today. Again, this area is going to need a little more time to reach its peak. In the meantime, an autumn festival is being held in the area for the entire month of November featuring food and craft vendors along the northern lakeshore. Also, the trees along the corridor will be illuminated in the evenings until 22:00.

Maple Corridor
Festival stalls around the entrance to the Maple Corridor
Red azalea bushes along the Maple Corridor

Finally, my last stop for the day was at the southern shore of Lake Yamanakako to pay a visit to the lakeside Yuyake no Nagisa Park. The trees here looked to be slightly ahead of those around Lake Kawaguchiko, with maples approaching or at their peak already today. Yuyake no Nagisa Park also has an autumn festival that is usually rather early in the season. This year it runs from October 25 to November 10, 2013 and includes evening illuminations until 21:00.

Along the shore of Lake Yamanakako
Maple leaves
Beautiful colors line the street next to Yuyake no Nagisa Park
Maple trees in Yuyake no Nagisa Park
Yuyake no Nagisa Park
Fallen maple leaves on moss
Yuyake no Nagisa Park
Maple trees and azalea bushes
Orange Maple leaves
Picnic areas along the waterfront
The observation deck in Yuyake no Nagisa Park

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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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