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Miyajima: Beyond Peak

Colors at Daisho-in Temple

In continuing my following of the colors in western Japan, today I went to check out the autumn colors on one of the jewels of Hiroshima Prefecture said to be one of the three most scenic spots in Japan, Miyajima. The colors here usually peak around mid November, when the leaves burst into color and make this little isle of wonders one of the most popular autumn color viewing spots in western Japan. Seeing how November is reaching its end and the temperatures are continuing to fall, I was interested to find out whether the colors had held on for me or if I'd find them a little bit past it.


Beyond Peak

I can report that Miyajima is a bit of a mixed bag at the moment; overall slightly past peak but with some vibrant colors still blazing through in certain areas. Momijidani is looking quite spectacular for now with an array of golds, reds and oranges (even if an increasing amount of that, I feel, will be on the floor and not on the branches as the days go on) and is definitely worthwhile to check out if you find yourself here.

Mount Misen was slightly less vibrant, with some of the trees looking bare and wintry. That being said, Daisho-in Temple, towards the foot of the mountain was still relatively radiant with most trees resisting the inevitable strip of winter.

Taking all I saw today into account, I'd say that it is still worthwhile to make an autumn color excursion to Miyajima, but by next week I expect that this will no longer be the case as winter truly starts to take hold and the trees become increasingly barren.

Itsukushima Shrine's magnificent torii at low tide this morning
Down in the town the deer are hungry
The foot of Mount Misen was still vibrant and attracted photographers
Itsukushima Shrine and the autumnal hills behind it
Looking out from Itsukushima Shrine
When the color was there, it tended to be intense
One of the island's famous residents
Posers at Daisho-in Temple
Looking up Mount Misen's beautiful valley
The sun today really made the leaves pop
Chasing waterfalls
Jizo statues and autumnal ambiance at Daisho-in
Despite the colors, signs of winter were all around
Looking down from the top of Mount Misen
Even the public toilets looked rather spectacular at Momijidani Park
Brilliant reds strewn over the floor in Mojimidani Park
More radiant reds
Leafy decoration for the pond
At the foot of the Daisho-in walking trail that takes hikers to the top of Mount Misen
Autumnal pathways
'Tis the season
The view from above Daisho-in Temple
Great day for an autumn hike
A lot of visitors flocked to the island today

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