Bass River State Forest is located in Ocean County in the state of New Jersey. This 23,563-acre forest is the first forest acquired by the state in 1905 for water conservation, wildlife and timber management and public recreation.
Belleplain State Forest is a 21,320-acre state park located in eastern Cumberland County and northern Cape May County in the state of New Jersey.
The state park offers several recreational activities such as: camping, fishing, boating/canoeing, hunting, and over 50 miles of hiking, horseback riding, and biking trails.
Visit Date: 11/17/2014 (Best viewing Time: early November to early December)
Showakinen Park (officially known as Showa Commemorative National Government Park 国営昭和記念公園) is located in Tachikawa, which is only a little over 30 minutes by train from Shinjuku station. With its about 163 hectares land area, the park includes sport fields, barbecue pits, a boating pond, pools, and different magnificent gardens that blooms at various time throughout the year.
Visitors to the park can choose to get off from several stations and we chose the Nishi-Tachikawa station as it is only less than five minutes walk to the entrance gate.
The koyo season around the park usually tends to begin earlier than most of the Tokyo parks, which starts around late October and peak either mid or late November. The colors in this entrance however is still very green, only few trees have changed color.
Visit Date: 11/02/2014 (Best viewing Time: mid October to early November)
Karuizawa is a laid-back town located at the foot of the active volcano Mt. Asama in southeastern Nagano, Japan. The town is situated on a plateau with an altitude of about 1,000 meters and surrounded by various mountains giving it a breezy and refreshing environment. It was introduced as a mountain resort by a Canadian missionary in the late 1800s.
The town offers various outdoor activities, scenic locations, shopping opportunities, and relaxing dining places. It is an ideal venue for nature as well as fashion lovers. Its lovely natural attractions provides magnificent views of fall colors and offers many sight-seeing activities.
Pond near the Yagasaki Park, a few meters away from Karuizawa Station.
Summer in Japan is hot and humid and most people find it stuffy and suffocating. With this kind of weather, most people take this time to travel to places with higher elevations or to go to the islands and mountains. This year we took the opportunity to visit Niijima again and we included a side trip to the neighboring Shikinejima as well.
Niijima is the fourth largest of the Izu Seven islands administered by the Tokyo Metropolitan Government. It is an archipelago in the Philippine Sea which is about 163km south of Tokyo. The island is a popular place for surfers but it is also a perfect place for a relaxing holiday. Other outdoor activities include camping, trekking, fishing, bird watching, swimming, cycling, sightseeing and hot spring bathing.