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It’s Autumn: Koyodai-Tenbodai in Yamanashi

Yey! Don’t you just love the season of red-and-gold leaves and clear night skies? Autumn is my absolute favorite season, not because I was born in autumn—these days birthdays only remind me of how I’m aging against my will!—but because of the fascinating burst of colors in the crisp autumn air. (Continued after the Japanese summary)

本日は秋の初日ですね!紅葉も涼しい風も素敵な秋は一番好きな季節です。もみじ狩りに行かれますか。今回の記事は「秋、もう一度行きたい場所」、山梨県の紅葉台展望台のご紹介です。今年も山梨県へドライブしに行って展望台を登って富士山を眺めたいですね。すばやく水彩画のスケッチもしたいと思います^^

Here are some autumn leaves from Yamanashi Prefecture in Japan taken the previous year.

Autumn leaves at Yamanashi, taken in early November last year.  山梨県の紅葉、昨年の11月撮影。

Autumn leaves at Yamanashi, taken in early November last year. 山梨県の紅葉、昨年の11月撮影。

A drive along the lakes of Mt. Fuji gave us this pretty view.

View of Mt. Fuji from inside the car. 車内から見た富士山。

View of Mt. Fuji from inside the car. 車内から見た富士山。

From the top of the observation deck called Koyodai 紅葉台展望台 we saw the lovely sight below.

View of Mt. Fuji from the Koyodai Observetion Point. 紅葉台展望台から眺めた富士山。主人が撮影^^

View of Mt. Fuji from the Koyodai Observetion Point. 紅葉台展望台から眺めた富士山。主人が撮影^^

My husband took the photo above while I brought out my watercolors and made a quick sketch of the scene :)

The one unhappy thing about this place is that, while the climb to the top was very pleasant in terms of autumnal views, the path is incredibly narrow and you’ll have to share the space with cars driven by people who are too lazy to climb up on their own two legs :( There should be a rule where only the physically handicapped or senior citizens are allowed to drive up the narrow path. We left our car on one of the parking lots below the observation deck.

The photos above were taken early November. It seems that the best time to visit is anywhere between late October to mid-November.

While my watercolor painting skills haven’t improved since childhood (in fact, I painted better as a child), my photography is much better this year so I’m really looking forward to the autumn leaves :)

What about you? What’s your favorite place for appreciating the beauty of autumn?

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So, what do you think of this article? Please share your thoughts and opinions in the Comments section below.

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External Links

Fujigoko.tvの情報サイト – 紅葉台展望台の動画とアクセス方法。 Contains a video from the view deck as well as a map (in Japanese).
Yahoo!紅葉特集 – 見頃に関する情報及び車アクセス方法。 Last year’s info site by Yahoo. Info regarding the “state of the autumn leaves” is updated regularly. New 2012 site will come out in October (in Japanese).

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4 comments

  1. noritan /

    秋らしい写真ですね。
    まだまだ暑いですが、これから紅葉の季節に向かうのが楽しみです。

    • beverlyclaire /

      コメントありがとうございます!少しずつ涼しくなって秋らしい天気になりつつありますね。紅葉狩り、思う存分にしたいですね^^

  2. I think your watercolor is fantastic but I guess maybe I’m just biased? :-) ;-)

    • beverlyclaire /

      Thank you very much :D That’s such an encouragement! Nori likes it, too, but I’m sure it’s because he’s biased ;-)

      I am really grateful that you two are so supportive of my art.

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