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autumn

Ginkgo trees

Ginkgo trees (ichou 銀杏) turn a resplendant bright yellow in autumn.  The ginkgo trees in Hibiya Park are looking rather impressive this week.  (more…)

Vivid autumn in Nara

I went to Nara last weekend to stay with my old high school host family.  It was about 8 months since I was last there, and I timed it just right to see Nara Park and the surrounding hills ablaze with orange, red, yellow and crimson colours as the trees put on their annual display.  (more…)

Through the snow to the Falcon’s Nest

Ever wanted a falcon’s view of Mt Fuji and the surrounding ranges?  Takanosu-yama (鷹ノ巣山) – translated as Falcon’s Nest Mountain – offers just a commanding view, good enough for a falcon.  On an unseasonably cold, but clear and crisp autumn day, the contrast between snow, bright coloured foliage, clear blue skies and the vista beyond was a perfect way to spend a public holiday. (more…)

Autumn at Mitake-san again

Mitake-san is a mountain in western Tokyo Prefecture with a grand, old Shinto shrine on top.  It’s become sort of the place in the hills that I head towards when I’m not imaginative to head anywhere else.  Tried and trusted, there is a network of pathways through the forest, taking in a few mountain tops, and leading down the valley to the Tama River.  I headed up with my Swedish friends for a day of autumn in the hills. (more…)

Cycling trip to Tsukuba 22 Nov 2008

It was late November, and there were still autumn colours to be found.  I cycled across Tokyo to Akihabara, and met Steve and his bike on the Tsukuba Express to Tsukuba.  After a second breakfast of fast food, it was on the bikes up the road to Tsukuba-san (Mt Tsukuba).  The sun was shining, the roads were quiet, the autumn colours were magnificent.  (more…)

Mitake Jinja in the fog Nov 2008

In early November, I found my way up to Mitake-san, a mountain in the very west of Tokyo Prefecture, on top of which sits Mitake-Jinja. (more…)

Tanigawa-dake

This long weekend, I was determined to head up to the mountains to try to see the autumn colours, before they disappear for the season.  A friend, Jamie, and I decided to head to Tanigawa-dake, a mountain on the border of Gunma and Niigata Prefectures.  The attraction was meant to be the great scenery, ease of access, a remote railway station with a crazy underground platform, and a ride on a cable car towards the top of the mountain.  You might think that a cable car is cheating, but it’s the Japanese way, and saved 750 metres in elevation from the bottom. (more…)

Autumn in my backyard

The weeping maple tree in my backyard is currently in its full autumn colours. (more…)