In Japan, people enjoy "golden week" when long vacation is expected by intermittent national holidays from the end of April to the beginning of May.
It also corresponds to the thaw season in the mountain and highland area.
For me, it is a good season to visit mountains and highlands where snow begins to melt bringing easier walking and the climate is much milder than winter.
|snow thawing -swamp and meadow-
|survived the winter
|Mt.Hiuchigatake in the sunset
|Mt.Hiuchigatake from the Fujimi-toge pass
|bad-tempered Ozegahgara swamp
|Mt.Shibutsusan in the sunset
|morning from the summit
|distant view of Joetsu mountains