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Autumn Color Report 2015
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2015/11/11 - Fukuroda Falls Report
by joe

Fukuroda Falls in Daigo, Ibaraki Prefecture

While western and southern Japan is where the autumn color action is really starting to heat up at this point in this year's season, there is still some great mid-season color on display right now a bit further north, too. In the lower elevations and cities of the Kanto Region, where color-changing trees change a bit later in the season, some spots have even just reached their peak color.

Today, I made my way to the small, rural town of Daigo in Ibaraki Prefecture, about 170 kilometers northeast of Tokyo, to catch some colors around one of Japan's most famous waterfalls. Fukuroda Falls is a 120-meter-tall cascade that is considered one of the Three Great Waterfalls in Japan (alongside Kegon Falls in Nikko and Nachi Falls in Kumano). Impressive in any season, in autumn the trees surrounding the waterfall make for a fantastic view that attracts hundreds of visitors daily.

The foliage around the falls and the surrounding area was quite colorful today, having just reached its peak last week. Though past peak a little bit, the leaves were still vibrant and made for a gorgeous backdrop for the falls.

Lovely autumn color in morning light around Daigo
Country roads of Daigo
An eclectic gift shop at the main tourist area near the falls
Fukuroda Falls, surrounded by colorful autumn leaves
The 120-meter-tall falls is one of Japan's Three Great Waterfalls
The fall colors around the falls were a bit past their peak, but still very nice today
Savoring the view
Great autumn color just above the top of the falls
The lower part of the falls: a streaming, pearly wall

For those trying to get to the falls, Daigo has a couple train stations (Fukuroda Station being the closest to the waterfall) where visitors can catch buses bound for the falls. The trains and buses can, however, be a bit infrequent and not well time-coordinated. If possible, coming by car can be a good idea here. The country roads around Daigo offer some lovely off-the-beaten-trail rural scenery and small tourist spots that can make for a pretty rewarding day trip.

A few short hiking trails wind through the hills near the falls
Lots of visitors enjoying the falls and the colors
A steep, 20-minute hike upstream (and uphill) leads to a romantic little overlook (complete with graffitied love messages on the rails) above the lovely Namasedaki Falls
A delicious Daigo dango to go

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List of Posts:
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

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