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Vibrant fall colors begin lining scenic central Japan mountain route

TOYAMA -- The Tateyama mountain range in Japan's northern alps has begun displaying its vibrant autumn colors.

    Tateyama Kurobe Kanko Co., which manages the Tateyama Kurobe Alpine Route, a popular tourist attaction that crosses the central Japan prefectures of Toyama and Nagano, says this year's fall foliage is developing about a week slower than in an ordinary year due to the summer's high temperatures.

    Trees on the Tateyama Kurobe Alpine Route are seen turning red and yellow, in the town of Tateyama, Toyama Prefecture, on Oct. 16, 2020, in this image taken from a Mainichi Shimbun helicopter. (Mainichi)

    On the route running from the foot of the mountains to its highest point, Murodo, which is 2,450 meters above sea level, the road is lined by green trees interspersed with red Japanese rowans, yellow butterfly maples, Erman's birches and other trees slowly changing color and creating the sense of a vibrant carpet. The company says that people seeking out autumn-leaf views have until the beginning of November to enjoy the vistas.

    (Japanese original by Kenta Sunaoshi, Toyama Bureau)

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