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Autumn Color Report 2015
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2015/09/16 - Daisetsuzan Report
by schauwecker

For the 8th year in a row, we start reporting Japan's autumn color season from Daisetsuzan National Park in the center of Hokkaido. The highest point on the island, the Daisetsuzan Mountains are the first place in Japan to see the seasonal colors appear each year. As always, I paid my respects to Mount Asahidake on my first day of reporting. Asahidake is the tallest peak in the Daisetsuzan Mountains, and its sulfury smoking base at around 1600 meters can be accessed conveniently by ropeway from Asahidake Onsen.

Daisetsuzan behind rice fields ready to be harvested

The colors along the circular hiking trail around the upper ropeway station were already at their peak, and the nanakamado bushes were more vibrantly colored than during any of my previous visits to the mountain. The colors should remain good for several more days to come around the upper ropeway station and will also gradually move down the slopes into lower elevations. Note that there is a chance, however, that they get covered up prematurely by snow.

The circular hiking trail around the upper ropeway station takes about 45 minutes to complete
Nanakamado bush displays vibrant colors
One of the small ponds along the circular hiking trail

Tomorrow, I will make another attempt at traversing Daisetsuzan from Asahidake Onsen to Sounkyo Onsen. I had to cancel my plans to do this challenging hike several times in past years due to uncooperative weather, but the forecasts for tomorrow seem favorable.

Many people visited Asahidake today
Autumn has arrived
Some of the best colors I have seen in my 10+ visits to Asahidake so far

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2015/12/09 - Tokyo Report
2015/12/04 - Kyoto Report
2015/12/03 - Tokyo Report
2015/12/01 - Kamakura Report
2015/11/27 - Tokyo Report
2015/11/27 - Kyoto Report
2015/11/27 - Nara Report
2015/11/26 - Osaka Report
2015/11/25 - Miyajima Report
2015/11/24 - Kyoto Report
2015/11/20 - Kyoto Report
2015/11/19 - Tokyo Report
2015/11/19 - Kankakei Report
2015/11/18 - Mount Mitake Report
2015/11/18 - Korankei Report
2015/11/17 - Fujigoko Report
2015/11/17 - Kyoto Report
2015/11/16 - Mount Takao Report
2015/11/13 - Kyoto Report
2015/11/12 - Tokyo Report
2015/11/11 - Hakone Report
2015/11/11 - Fukuroda Falls Report
2015/11/10 - Kyoto Report
2015/11/09 - Koyasan Report
2015/11/08 - Miyajima Report
2015/11/07 - Dazaifu Report
2015/11/06 - Fujigoko Report
2015/11/04 - Tokyo Report
2015/10/30 - Kyoto Report
2015/10/28 - Nikko Report
2015/10/26 - Bandai Report
2015/10/22 - Northern Alps Report
2015/10/21 - Northern Alps Report
2015/10/20 - Mount Fuji Report
2015/10/15 - Hachimantai Report
2015/10/15 - Nikko Report
2015/10/14 - Alpine Route Report
2015/10/14 - Towada Report
2015/10/13 - Hakkoda Report
2015/10/08 - Nasu Report
2015/10/06 - Nikko Report
2015/10/05 - Route 292 Report
2015/09/28 - Oze Report
2015/09/24 - Alpine Route Report
2015/09/17 - Daisetsuzan Report
2015/09/16 - Daisetsuzan Report