Last week I headed to Mt Adatara to make the most of Japan’s autumn leaves season, and to celebrate the fact that the weather is finally beginning to cool down!
There are a number of great viewpoints up Mt Adatara for seeing autumn leaves, including Yakushi Dake, which is located at an altitude of 1,350m. Yakushi Dake is a short walk away from the Sancho Rope-way Station. You can reach this rope-way station via a very scenic 10 minute rope-way ride from Okudake Rope-way Station. This convenient rope-way makes Yakushi Dake a wonderful and accessible place to see Autumn leaves, no matter your fitness level!
I wrote more about taking the Adatara Ropeway in my blog entry last year ‘Enjoying Mt Adatara in Autumn‘ – so please take a look.
Last weekend I took the route to the right on the map above, avoiding the rope-way and instead climbing from Okudake to Kurogane Goya Mountain Lodge. I stopped at the lodge to have lunch and then continued further up the mountain to take photos before heading back down.
Kurogane Goya Mountain Lodge is an awesome place to stay the night – they have amazing curry for dinner! – and happens to be just one of a handful of mountain lodges in Japan that are open all year!
The intensity of the colour of Japan’s autumn leaves depends a lot on the amount of sun and rain that the trees come into contact with. This year, the colours of the leaves looked a little less red than last year. My colleague pointed out that this is probably due to the frequency of typhoons this summer. You can see the difference in the colours when you compare this year’s photos (above) to last year’s (below).
That being said, the weather this year was a lot better, with the sky clearing almost completely a number of times during the hike. This made me appreciate just how different the reds and yellows look when in direct sunlight.
I didn’t hike all the way to the peak of Mt Adatara this time, but I was able to snap lots of photos of the Autumn leaves nonetheless! Please enjoy these photos and don’t hesitate to ask me if you have any questions about travelling to Mt Adatara.
Getting to Mt Adatara
Mt Adatara is a 50 minute journey by car (90 minutes by public transport) from Fukushima Station. Fukushima Station can be reached by Shinkansen directly from Tokyo in 90 minutes. See more info about reaching Fukushima here.
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