TATEYAMA, Toyama -- The Northern Alps' Tateyama mountain range in central Japan is currently carpeted with red and yellow autumn foliage to the joy of climbers and tourists.
According to the city of Toyama-based Tateyama Kurobe Kanko Co., which operates the scenic Tateyama Kurobe Alpine Route connecting Toyama and Nagano prefectures, the fall foliage this year started roughly a week later than usual.
Though the foliage's peak period is already over at Murodo, the highest point on the alpine route at 2,450 meters above sea level, it is now at its fall best in the area between Kurobedaira, at an altitude of 1,828 meters, and Kurobe Dam, at 1,470 meters. Autumn leaves can be best viewed in the area around Bijodaira, near the foot of the mountain range at 977 meters, in late October, and are expected to be seen until around early November.
(Japanese original by Kenichi Kayahara, Toyama Bureau)