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Gunma autumn colours: Tenjindaira and Oze (14th October 2012)

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Plans to go to Zao for a few days fell through, so we decided to make today an excite Gunma day.

As Tanigawa is very popular with climbers and autumn colour seekers, we decided to get up really early and get there before the mad crowds arrived. Even getting there at 7:00am, we had to queue for about 15 minutes to get on the Gondola (which actually seemed to be going a bit faster than in winter, thankfully!)

We did ok with weather though it wasn't quite as "sunny all day" as the forecast told us. But the sun came out and there were some nice blue skies on and off up there - though some cloudy looking conditions to the south. (It actually turned out that by 2pm, it was completely grey cloud cover over the mountains).

Beautiful it was. As can be seen here:

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It wasn't even 10am by the time we came down and we were sure glad that we went early. When we arrived back at base station, the queue for the Gondola was over an hour long and cars were queueing for well over 1km on the way to the Gondola car park. Yikes! If you go, I highly recommend getting there very early.

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So after Tanigawa we went back towards Minakami and then turned past the Okutone ski resort and Houdaigi, and then over on the road that goes to Oze.

The autumn colours on this road were full on, it was amazing... explosions of colour, almost unrealistic colours. It was so beautiful.

Over we went through Tokura, past Katashina and White World Oze and then back to Numata.

By the time we got on the expressway at Numata to come back mid afternoon, the Tanigawa area was completely covered in grey cloud and we couldn't even see the mountain. A big contrast to the conditions this morning.

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I really like Gunma.

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as always great pics!

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Beautiful!

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I almost feel like I was there.

Almost. ;)

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Looks like great timing for sure.
Very nice indeed.

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I don't like the sound of the one hour wait and 1km queue to get to the gondola!
Getting up early a good move!
Lovely photos dude.

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Tanigawa is a great mountain.
Thanks for sharing.
Wonder how long it took the guys at the end of the queue to get up on the mountain.
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:)

We were probably having lunch before returning by the time they got up there...... and the weather had become poor.
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Looks nice! Thanks for sharing.
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Great photos. I bet they look fantastic full size.

I took a look and like the Hakuba hills, at Tenjin its 2700 yen per adult for the lifts and 1000 yen to park!
I took my son up Tsugaike last week. I had a free ticket, but had I paid, that would have been 3300 yen just for me. Plus the 500 I did pay to park.
If you go as two adults and two over sixes, you're looking at 10,000 yen!
It isn't as if Tsugaike is the best autumn colour spot in Otari anyway.
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Cheers once again

Love the rock pool photo

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Thanks.

The car park was 500 yen I think, Mr Wiggles, but yes it is not cheap.
We took the top pair lift one way and walked back down from there.
So it cost us 4000 yen for the ropeway, 800 yen for two one way pair lift tickets and 500 yen for the car park - 5300 yen.

Having said that, the cost did not seem to put many people off yesterday, bonkers mad busy as it was.

Though I must admit that it has put us off going up the gondola in the past when we were asking ourselves should we go up there? Really, that much? Think we'll give it a miss this time.

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Beautiful. That road trip looks good too.
Wonder is it that busy weekdays, or is a big part of that weekend crowds?

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Cool muika.
Definitely more expensive than your morning at Mt Granview for sure.
There's a slight change in color here on Uonuma Skyline but we're not there yet.

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