‘Shiretoko Goko’ autumn foliage peaks one week earlier than usual

Tourists taking photos on the elevated boardwalk

Autumn foliage at ‘Shiretoko Goko’ (five lakes), a popular tourist spot in the Shiretoko World Natural Heritage site in the town of Shari in eastern Hokkaido, reached its peak on October 1.

Leaves on the Manchurian ash and mizunara (Mongolian oak) trees in the vicinity of the lakes have turned various shades of red, yellow and orange. Many visitors could be seen taking photographs with Smartphones and cameras on an elevated boardwalk that commands panoramic views directly in front of the Shiretoko Mountain Range and one of the lakes.

According to the Shiretoko Goko Field House, the colors of the leaves began to turn in late September, one week earlier than usual.


Shiretoko Goko