First Fall Colors Of Year Appear Along Mount Kurodake In Hokkaido

First fall colors of year appear along Mount Kurodake in HokkaidoWith a sprinkling of red, the first fall colors of the year are gracing Mount Kurodake here, a preview of the spectacular autumnal foliage show that lies ahead.
The 1,984-meter mountain, which is part of the Daisetsuzan range, is known for being the first location in Japan where fall colors appear.

This year, Arctous alpina plants have already turned bright red near the Kurodake summit. The reddening of birch and maple trees will proceed until early October and move down to about the 5th station of the mountain, marking the start of the autumn leaf viewing season.

According to an official with Rinyu Kanko Co., the company that operates a ropeway on Kurodake, the fall colors began appearing from Aug. 29, about the same time as usual. The Sorbus matsumurana has also begun turning red.