The autumn leaves season here in Nikko is in full swing.  If you've read this updated blogpost originally posted on September 29th, you would've had the heads up.  The next several photograph show the progression of change.

Nantai Tint

The view of Nantai mountain is surrounded by a yellowish tint of trees brightening.

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If there is anywhere in Japan that will remind you of Yosemite in California, it is this peak near Shirane Mountain.

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An overview of of Lake Yu (Yunoko) show a beautiful collage of color and green.  The bridge in the distance is just near the top of Yu Waterfall (Yutaki).

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Birds at play on Lake Yu (Yunoko) amongst the brilliant autumn leaves colors.

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Autumn leaves (koyo) on the small peninsula on Lake Yu.

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the autumn colors make a great frame of Lake Yu

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The water from Lake Yu cascades over the edge to create Yu Waterfall at an altitude of 1450 meters about sea level at the top and 1400 meters at the bottom as the river runs through Senjogahara to Ryuzu waterfall and ultimately Lake Chuzenji.

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The colors at Ryuzu Waterfall (Dragon's Head Waterfall) are around peak color.

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The maple trees over the shrine at Ryuzu Waterfall create a seasonal feel.

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Maple trees around the shrine at Ryuzu waterfall.

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Lower in altitude that Lake Yu, Senjogahara and Ryuzu waterfall is Lake Chuzenji at 1200 meters above sea level.  The colors are quickly approaching and should be peaking over the next week or two, at the most.



Below is the original blogpost from September 29, 2015 >

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Below the bridge and downstream toward Lake Chuzenji is one of the top photogenic locations for autumn leaves.

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The view from the restaurant at Ryuzu waterfall is in the first stage of color.

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The hues of the summer are fading and Senjogahara is becoming more tinted.

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Halfmoon mountain (Hangetsu) has some autumn colors beginning a descent onto the peninsula.

Hangetsu Lake Chuzenji Autumn leaves 2015


It's an early start for autumn leaves this year, Nikko's trails are waiting for you.

Senjogahara boardwalk autumn leaves 2015

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