Hokkaido is the first place in Japan to experience Autumn colours. As we just had arrived and were still jet-lagged we took a small ride in our car and went to a nearby lake where you could do boat excursions. Normally not so much our cup of tea, but as there were almost no people it was quite big fun this time.
The clouds were hanging deep and it was (pleasantly) cool…
Small islands everywhere in the caldera lake (well, almost everything in Japan, which is standing water, would be some kind of caldera anyhow…)
Colours were not yet too prominent as it will take one more week for them
Yet you can start to see them already
We liked that misty, foggy, clouy, serene environment.
Something caught his attention
Play of clouds and sky
Fast forward … 10 days later … Now we are talking colours. I have no clue what crop / plant was grown in the field but the colours just looked amazing
In the gorge the different shades were just beautiful
Different main attention
And the usual waterfall
cascading down towards the river
a side-stream with wonderful colour contrasts
Now we are in the far North of Honshu – the main island – some 200 km further south to before. The beech forests (which are actually UNESCO world heritage as they are pristine and really beautiful) just started to turn…
Yet still some time to go…