Mount Takagawa's Azalea

Colorful surprises in rural Yamanashi

 By Steve Morton   Aug 1, 2016

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 

Photography by Steve Morton
Japan Travel Member

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