2018年01月29日

'Mt. Daisetsuzan' or 'Mt. Taisetsuzan', rising in the central part of Hokkaido, is not a single mountain but a general term for many volcanoes in its area.

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Daisetsuzan is said to be a rich repository of an alpine plant, and is also known as a place where Japan's first snow is recorded every year. Thus, the beautiful autumn leaves are found even in the middle of September. Many tourists throughout Japan visit here for the first autumn leaves in the country. Daisetsuzan has long been formed on the immense rock foundation with an area of about 4,000 square kilometers. This mountain is made up of more than ten 2,000 m-class volcanoes, such as 'Asahidake' peak, which is the tallest in Hokkaido, 'Kurodake' peak and 'Akadake' peak. Violent fumarole activity is seen everywhere on the hillside of Asahidake peak. Being designated as 'Daisetsuzan National Park', the flora and fauna of this area are strictly preserved, so a variety of indigenous plants and animals are found here. The picture shows the autumn leaves commanded from the route up to Akadake peak. Even though two months earlier than Tokyo, the best time to see them looks past their peak.

Licensed tour guide/travel consultant,
Masahisa Takaki.

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