Chilly air at dawn and dust greets you in October, telling the season of colored leaves started. This time, I visited Mt. Kurikoma extending over three prefectures, namely Miyagi, Iwate and Akita. The photo shows highlands in Sukawa at the bottom of the mountain. Leaves in red and yellow are in striking contract with evergreens scattered in.
You can enjoy wonderful view of autumn leaves by simply walking around the parking area. If time permits, go further by a path up a mountain maintained for less-experienced climbers or families and admire leaves in gorgeous colors.
After walking, relax and relieve your exhaustion in a footbath or by bathing in Sukawa spa resort.
I tried both. In the creek-like footbath, flowing spa water and stones on the bottom massaged the points on the sole of my feet. At the full spa facilities, I fully enjoyed autumn leaves tinged with the evening glow from an open-air bath.