Azaleas are seen at their best with Mount Norikura in the background, at the Nenohara Heights in the city of Takayama, Gifu Prefecture, central Japan, in this recent photo. The azalea patch, which is in a campground at an altitude of around 1,600 meters, was designated as a prefectural natural monument in 1969. From there, visitors can see fresh vermillion flowers along with the view of famed Ontake and Norikura mountains. The flowers began to bloom on around June 10 and they can be enjoyed until the end of the month, according to the campground manager.
(Japanese original by Tadayuki Otake, Takayama Local Bureau)