TOYAMA--The Tateyama mountain range in Toyama Prefecture, part of the Northern Japan Alps, offered a stunning sight Oct. 12 as its snow-covered ridge stood out in brilliant contrast against the red and yellow autumn leaves on the mountain flanks and the deep blue of the sky.
The first snow of the season began falling on the evening of Oct. 11 in and around Murodo, a 2,450-meter-high plateau that serves as a base for mountaineers and other tourists.
It lay 3 to 5 centimeters thick, according to officials at Tateyama Kurobe Kanko Co., operator of the popular Tateyama Kurobe Alpine Route.
The morning temperature was as low as 1.3 degrees on Oct. 12.
Snow covered the ground near Murodo about 20 days earlier last year, the officials said.
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