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  • Okutadami Lake
    Nigata Pref. Uonumashi
    Okutadami is the entranceway to Oze National Park, and here you can enjoy camping, skiing, and other activities in the area around Lake Okutadami, a giant dam lake. The lake area has been selected as one of the 100 best places to enjoy fall foliage in Japan. Visitors are particularly recommended to take the walking course leaving from the Okutadami Dam side. The scenery of the fall leaves seen from the surface of the lake is truly spectacular.
    Best Season
    Mid-Oct.-Early Nov.
    Current Status
    Peak Colors
  • Noboribetsu Jigokudani (Hell Valley)
    Hokkaido Noboribetsushi Noboribetsuonsenchou
    The remains of an explosion crater created by the volcanic activity of Mt. Hiyori, the area gained the name Jigokudani (Hell Valley) due to the numerous holes in the ground spewing hot gas. The best time to enjoy fall foliage in the area is from mid- to late October, and during this time Jigokudani is colored by Japanese rowans, sumacs, and maples. You can also enjoy the fall colors while relaxing in a hot spring bath at Noboribetsu Spa.
    Best Season
    Mid-Oct.
    Current Status
    Peak Colors
  • Lake Akan
    Hokkaido Kushiroshi Akanchouakankonsen
    A lake inside Akan Mashu National Park which is the fifth largest freshwater lake in Hokkaido. The lake is famous as being a habitat for kokanee salmon and marimo, a variety of algae which can grow in round balls and which is designated a Special Natural Monument. In most years, Mt. Oakan on the shore of the lake starts turning red and gold around September, with the peak time for enjoying the fall colors of the area's Japanese mountain maples, Japanese rowans, and Japanese maples being from late September to early October.
    Best Season
    Early Oct.
    Current Status
    Peak Colors

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