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Tantalizing tunnel: Fall foliage adds color to western Japan street

Dawn redwood trees line a street in Takashima, Shiga Prefecture, at the height of the fall foliage season. (Mainichi/Yusuke Komatsu)

TAKASHIMA, Shiga -- Rows of roadside dawn redwood trees are attracting tourists for their glowing autumn foliage in this western Japan city on Lake Biwa.

About 500 dawn redwood trees flank a street in the Makinocho district of Takashima, Shiga Prefecture, for about 2.4 kilometers, offering various seasonal views from fresh greens in spring to snow-dusted leaves in winter. The trees, known as Metasequoia in Japan, were originally planted as a windbreak forest by the local fruit producers' association in 1981.

According to the group, daytime temperatures remained steady this season, delaying the change in leaf colors by about a week compared to normal years.

Dawn redwood trees line a street in Takashima, Shiga Prefecture, at the height of the fall foliage season. (Mainichi/Yusuke Komatsu)

"We recommend people visit the area in the morning and early evening, when the leaves of the trees are sunlit and beautiful," said a representative of the association.

Visitors can enjoy the autumn foliage until around Dec. 10.

(Japanese original by Yusuke Komatsu, Osaka Photo Group)

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