|Schauwecker's Japan Travel Blog
by Stefan Schauwecker, webmaster of japan-guide.com
This blog is intended to record some of my travel activities in Japan.
2011/10/26 - Autumn Color Report: Hakkodasan
On the first day of a 2-day autumn color trip to the northern Tohoku Region, we visited Mount Hakkoda (八甲田山, Hakkōdasan), a volcano in Aomori Prefecture. The mountain lies along the road and JR bus line that connect Aomori City with Lake Towadako, from where we will be reporting tomorrow.
Mount Hakkoda offers nice mountain scenery for hiking in the warmer seasons and skiing in winter. Furthermore, there are several hot springs around the volcano, among which Sukayu Onsen with its large, wooden, gender mixed bath is the most popular and worth a stop over. Autumn colors around the mountain are usually best in the first half of October.
In Aomori City, which is located at sea level, trees have started changing colors, and the seasonal spectacle improved as we gained elevation and approached Mount Hakkoda. However, by the time we reached the base of the mountain at around 1000 meters above sea level, the colors had thinned out considerably. In many areas around the mountain, the season had even already come to an end, and winter felt very close.