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Miyajima: Peak Colors

After yesterday's all day rain in Kyoto where the colors were approaching their best colors, today I headed further west to Miyajima about an hour away from Hiroshima. I found the colors here to be at their peak and I expect the best viewing period to continue through to this weekend.

Other autumn color reports today include Tokyo from where Andrew is reporting from, while Joe is reporting from Sakurai. You can read the latest updates here.

Famous giant torii at low tide
Something's brewing on this island and set to open in a week

I arrived at Miyajima in the mid morning and made my way to Daishoin Temple. Overall, I found the colors here to be at their peak and some trees that could still improve their colors. From there, I headed up the Daishoin walking trail up to the peak of Mount Misen at 535 meters. It usually takes about 90 minutes to walk to the top from Daishoin Temple and those who make the trek can look forward to lots of steps along the paved trail.

Autumn colors, pagoda, shachihoko
Entrance to Daishoin Temple
Rakan's telling you to check those autumn colors out
Temple event at Daishoin when I was there
Red red leaves
Looking down towards the town center
Priests filing to go up
Start of the Daishoin walking course
Don't go chasing waterfalls
Miyajima isn't far from the mainland
Leaves along the walk up
Niomon gate before the peak
View of the Seto Inland Sea
Hiroshima City
Resting after the walk up

From the top, I took the ropeway back down into town and went for a stroll in the Momijidani Park. The colors were nice and vibrant at the start of the park and a little past their peak at the back towards the start of the Momijidani walking trail. All in all, it was a colorful day at Miyajima and visitors can look forward to the autumn colors through the week.

Taking the ropeway down the mountain
Views in the Momijidani park
Just a touch past peak at the back of the park, but lots of colors on the trees and on the ground
This clearing drew the most crowds with its colors
Start of the park and some mad leaves