Autumn Color Report 2014
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2014/09/17 - Asahidake Report
by schauwecker

Since 2008, japan-guide.com has been following the autumn colors from the highest mountains of Hokkaido to the parks and gardens of Kyoto and Tokyo. This year, too, we will report the seasonal spectacle over a 3-month period, starting today in Daisetsuzan National Park, as usual. The Daisetsuzan Mountains stand in the center of Japan's northernmost main island Hokkaido and are the first place in Japan to see the autumn colors each year. As in the previous six years, I started reporting from Mount Asahidake, the highest mountain on the island.

Down at the town of Asahidake Onsen, green was still the predominant color
The Asahidake Ropeway takes tourists higher up the slope of Mount Asahidake
Colors appear along the ropeway ride

The summer of 2014 has been one of the coolest in recent years. As a result, the bushes and shrubs in the higher elevations of Daisetsuzan started changing colors already in late August. Today, the colors were at their peak, about two weeks earlier than in the average year. However, Daisetsuzan is also the first place to see snow. As a matter of fact, the first snow of the season covered the peak of Mount Asahidake yesterday, nine days earlier than average. More snow fell today into lower elevations, starting to cover up the autumn colors around the upper station of the Asahidake Ropeway.

Outside the upper ropeway station, snow started to cover up the colorful nanakamado bushes
Small pond next to the upper ropeway station
View of Mount Asahidake whose peak was hidden in thick clouds today

This afternoon, the colorful leaves of the nanakamado bushes, the main provider of autumn colors at this elevation, were still visible under the thin layer of snow. The contrast of the orange and red colors representing autumn and the early white of winter was quite spectacular. There is a chance that the leaves may reemerge once more over the coming days before they will get covered up for good.

View onto the upper ropeway station
The red leaves of the chinguruma plants were covered up by the snow
White became the predominant color further along the circular hiking trail around the upper ropeway station
The walk along the circular hiking trail takes 45-60 minutes

 
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2014/12/05 - Tokyo Report
2014/12/04 - Kanazawa Report
2014/12/03 - Kyoto Report
2014/12/02 - Kamakura Report
2014/11/28 - Kyoto Report
2014/11/27 - Tokyo Report
2014/11/26 - Nara Report
2014/11/25 - Kyoto Report
2014/11/21 - Osaka Report
2014/11/20 - Kyoto Report
2014/11/19 - Korankei Report
2014/11/18 - Miyajima Report
2014/11/18 - Tokyo Report
2014/11/17 - Kyoto Report
2014/11/14 - Kyoto Report
2014/11/14 - Himeji Report
2014/11/13 - Fuji Report
2014/11/13 - Tokyo Report
2014/11/12 - Eiheiji Report
2014/11/11 - Kyoto Report
2014/11/07 - Tokyo Report
2014/11/07 - Kyoto Report
2014/11/06 - Yamadera Report
2014/11/04 - Fuji Report
2014/11/04 - Hakone Report
2014/10/31 - Karuizawa Report
2014/10/29 - Shima Onsen Report
2014/10/24 - Fuji Report
2014/10/21 - Bandai Report
2014/10/21 - Nikko Report
2014/10/20 - Towada Report
2014/10/16 - Tateyama Report
2014/10/15 - Kurikoma Report
2014/10/08 - Nasu Report
2014/10/07 - Nikko Report
2014/10/01 - Oze Report
2014/09/29 - Tateyama Report
2014/09/26 - Nikko Report
2014/09/19 - Tokachidake Report
2014/09/18 - Kurodake Report
2014/09/17 - Asahidake Report

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