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2014/11/04 - Fuji Report
by raina

View of Mount Fuji from Chureito Pagoda

Today, Scott and I headed down to the Fuji Five Lakes (Fujigoko) region at the northern base of Mount Fuji, ten days after Schauwecker's last visit and revisited the area around Lake Yamanakako and Lake Kawaguchiko. Overall, the colors have improved and will continue to develop further in the weeks to come. Incidentally, Schauwecker and Joe went to Hakone today and did a report from the other side of Mount Fuji.

We started early at Chureito Pagoda, a popular cherry blossom spot with a view of Mount Fuji. In Schauwecker's last trip, he reported that the cherry trees were already quite advanced, and today, they were a little past their peak and beginning to lose their leaves. However, the maples were still approaching peak and sporting different colors.

Chureito Pagoda and Mount Fuji
Lightly colored maples bathed in sunlight
A tourist getting some good views
Torii at the foot of the pagoda

From the pagoda, we moved to the Lake Kawaguchiko area. We started an observatory, Koyo Dai, and took in 360 degree views of Mount Fuji, various nearby mountain ranges and the autumn colors below. Entry to the top of the observatory costs 150 yen per person and Lake Yamanakako, Saiko and Motosuko, as well as Aokigahara Jukai (a large forest) were visible from the top.

Next stop on our list was the Maple Tunnel; the autumn colors there were approaching peak with some trees advancing faster than others. At Oishi Park, the fiery red kokia bushes that reminded me so much of the toy troll doll's hair were now brown. However the park offers great views of Mount Fuji and we saw many tourists taking pictures with the mountain the background. There is a Koyo Festival at the park until November 24 with daily illumination until 22:00.

View of a mountain range and trees from the Koyo Dai
Along the Maple Tunnel
Cycling along the Maple Tunnel
Brown kokia bushes at Oishi Park
Wakeboarder at Lake Kawaguchi

Moving on to the Maple Corridor, the colors have improved a little since ten days ago. While the middle of the corridor were still very green, the ends have more color. At the promenade along the northern shore of Lake Kawaguchiko however, the autumn colors were at their peak. The Koyo Festival at the Maple Corridor and near the promenade will carry on until November 24 with daily illumination until 22:00. We took a short walk around the area before leaving Lake Kawaguchiko and headed for Lake Yamanakako.

Still relatively green in the middle of the Maple Corridor
Autumn colors along the shore
This dog did not fancy the view of Mount Fuji as much as everyone else
Lots of photographers here
Tourists arriving by the busloads
Kusamochi from a festival food stall
One end of the Maple Corridor with nice colors
Lots of red leaves here

Lake Yamanakako was our final stop for today and we went to Yuyake no Nagisa Park first where the trees were at their peak. The park has an autumn festival that runs till November 9 with daily illuminations until 21:00. To round off our trip to the Fujigoko area, we went to another observatory, Panorama Dai, for more panoramic views of the region.

A small pavilion at Yuyake no Nagisa Park
One of the many illumination lamps
Yellow maples
A couple walking along the shore of Lake Yamanakako and Mount Fuji behind clouds
Autumn colors at Yuyake no Nagisa Park
Lots of ginko trees at a small park nearby
View from Panorama Dai, with Mount Fuji hiding behind clouds
Susuki (pampas grass) against the blue sky

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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