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ATTRACTIONS Japan Friday, 09 December 2016

Where the first red leaves of autumn to come in Japan

At 5 o’clock in the morning in August, sun shines on the hydrangea in Hakuba town and makes Tateyama Mount more sparkling.

 In August, when summer ends and autumn comes, Hakuba town is covered bright blue of breaking dawn. The pretty houses are among colorful flower gardens, in front of them is a terraced field and a small stream pours down from the mountain.

Ms. Aki, as well as other farmers in Hakuba town will get up in early morning to take care of their vegetable gardens. After that, she goes for a jog around the village to enjoy the fresh air. It is rather cold in autumn and all the trees turns into red color.

Tateyama Alps
Tateyama Alps

When autumn comes, maple trees on the midway of the mountain start to turn into red color and make a harmony of colors.

Hakuba is in Nagano province, located on “Phi long dao” St which means the shape of flying dragon. The flying dragon street is in the Central of Japan connecting 9 provinces together: Ngagano, Toyama, Ishikawa, Fukui, Gifu, Aichi, Yamanashi, Niigata and Shizuoka. This region is known as the first place where autumn comes.

Tateyama Alps
Tateyama Alps

Kurobe and Shogawakyo are two destinations with the best view of maple trees. Maple tree season lasts from the middle of September to the October. Sometimes, you can enjoy autumn and winter at the same time. Autumn will come gradually to Toyama, Nayoga, Aichi… In the meanwhile, Tokyo is still rather cold with green trees.

The time between autumn and winter starts from September when all maple trees in Kurobe  dam turn into red color and snow starts to fall on 3.015m Tateyama Mount. The surface of Aoki and Kizaki will be frozen. At lower location, at both sides of Shogawakyo dam are red trees waiting until snow of November.

Kurobe Dam
Kurobe Dam

In Hakuba, according to Ms. Aki, this land is not used for farming anymore so that the flowers and vegetables are planted indoor. “That is the time for tourists to enjoy the amazing beauty of red maple trees and snow”, said Ms. Aki. She added that she never wanted to leave her hometown.

Hakuba is only a small town with the population of 5.000, in winter, it reaches 30.000 people. What attracts tourists in Hakuba is snow peak on Tateyama Alps where World Winter Olympic Games in 1998 was held. Kurobe dam is only far from this land 60km. Ms. Aki said that you wouldn’t recognize the coful beauty of Hakuba because of more than one meter snow layer.

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