Mount Takagawa's Azalea

Colorful surprises in rural Yamanashi

By Steve Morton    - 1 min read

Famous for its cherry blossoms in springtime, hydrangeas in summer, and autumn colors, Japan’s colorful seasons are relatively easy to predict for most travelers.

With this fact in mind, I arrived at the foot of Mount Takagawa in eastern Yamanashi Prefecture on an early spring morning with little expectation of seeing anything colorful except perhaps some usual lush green foliage since it was well outside any of these colorful seasons.

However, when traversing the narrow ridgelines, I encountered many vibrant Azaleas providing a pleasant surprise to an already interesting hike 

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Steve Morton

Steve Morton @steve.morton138

Long-term resident of Yokohama interested in getting out and seeing what this great country has to offer. I enjoy doing new things and traveling on a streamlined budget guaranteed to make any self-respecting local gulp.When not too busy, I like eating and attempting to not get lost while looking at Japanese tourist maps