2017/09/21

2017/09/21 - Daisetsu Kogen Onsen Report

After a foggy day on Mount Asahidake yesterday, I approached Daisetsuzan National Park from the opposite side today and made a four hour hike around Daisetsu Kogen Onsen, one of the bases on the western side of the...
2017/09/20

2017/09/20 - Mount Asahidake Report

Today, I took the ropeway from Asahidake Onsen through thick fog to the upper station at the base of Mount Asahidake, Hokkaido's tallest peak...
2016/09/21

2016/09/21 - Daisetsuzan Report

After yesterday's visit to Mount Asahidake, I spent another day in the Daisetsuzan Mountains and approached the spacious national park from the opposite direction today...
2016/09/20

2016/09/20 - Daisetsuzan Report

Over the next three months, japan-guide.com we will again accompany Japan's autumn colors as they descend from northern Japan's highest mountains...
2015/09/17

2015/09/17 - Daisetsuzan Report

The weather could not have been better to do the Daisetsuzan Traverse from Asahidake Onsen to Sounkyo Onsen today. Hikers traversing the Daisetsuzan Mountains typically climb the summit of Mount Asahidake along...
2015/09/16

2015/09/16 - Daisetsuzan Report

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...
2014/09/19

2014/09/19 - Tokachidake Report

The weather remained unstable and wet on my last day in Hokkaido. I visited Tokachidake Onsen, a small collection of hot spring lodgings halfway up the slopes of Mount Tokachidake. Located about 30 kilometers...
2014/09/18

2014/09/18 - Kurodake Report

The weather continued to be unstable in Hokkaido today. I had already given up on my initial plans to traverse the Daisetsuzan Mountains from Asahidake Onsen to Sounkyo Onsen...
2014/09/17

2014/09/17 - Asahidake Report

Since 2008, japan-guide.com has been following the autumn colors from the highest mountains of Hokkaido to the parks and gardens...
2013/09/21

2013/09/21 - Kurodake Report

On my second and last reporting day in Daisetsuzan National Park I visited Sounkyo Onsen to climb Mount Kurodake. Kurodake is almost 2000 meters high, but...
2013/09/20

2013/09/20 - Asahidake Report

Daisetsuzan National Park in the center of Japan's northernmost main island of Hokkaido is the first place in the country to see autumn colors each year...
2012/10/18

2012/10/18 - Sounkyo Report

On day two of my 3-day reporting trip through Hokkaido, I re-visited Sounkyo Onsen, where we had previously reported from on September 20 and...
2012/09/28

2012/09/28 - Kurodake Report

The story of this autumn leaves season so far has been about the warmer than average weather that has limited the intensity of color changes. Last night I was talking to an elderly restaurant owner who wasn't optimistic that colors...
2012/09/27

2012/09/27 - Kogen Onsen Report

6:30 in the morning and we were on board a bus to Daisetsu Kogen (Daisetsu Highlands) - From September 22 to 30, 2012, private cars can only go as far as the Lakesite parking lot at the base of the highlands, from where a shuttle...
2012/09/26

2012/09/26 - Asahidake Report

A few days after our last visit, we returned to Mount Asahidake to check on the progress of autumn colors there. After a hotter than average summer, the past couple of days saw temperatures drop by a few degrees, so...
2012/09/21

2012/09/21 - Asahidake Report

Three days after my first visit, I returned to Mount Asahidake today. In the meantime, temperatures have dropped to somewhat more seasonable values, but the nanakamado bushes around the mountain...
2012/09/20

2012/09/20 - Kurodake Report

Located in the center of Hokkaido, Daisetsuzan National Park is larger than some of Japan's 47 prefectures. Not surprisingly, the park can be accessed from many...
2012/09/18

2012/09/18 - Asahidake Report

Welcome to the 2012 autumn color reports! Starting today, we will follow the seasonal colors for approximately three months as they descend from the highest peaks of Hokkaido ...
2011/09/14

2011/09/14 - Ginsendai Report

Today I parked my car in Sounkyo, took a shuttle bus to Ginsendai and hiked from there via Mount Akadake and Mount Hokkaisan to Mount Kurodake before descending back into Sounkyo. Located on the eastern side of the...
2011/09/13

2011/09/13 - Asahidake Report

Welcome to autumn 2011! Over the coming three months, the japan-guide.com team will take you again to autumn color spots across Japan and report on the leaves' current state. As always, we started reporting from...