Onogawa Fudo Falls & Grandeco slope at Urabandai, Oct. 17, 2017. (裏磐梯の小野川不動滝、グランデコ 2017年10月17日)

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Photo above was an autumn view of Onogawa Fudo Falls at Urabandai, Kitashiobara Village as of today. The waterfall was about 40-meter high and was magnificent with its close-up view surrounded by autumn colors. Trail entrance to the falls is located about 6km from Goshikinuma-iriguchi bus stop which is about 30-minute local bus (Toto Bus) ride from JR Inawashiro Station. Onogawa Fudo Falls is about 1km or 20-minute walk from there. The waterfall which is a part of the Onogawa River flows into Lake Onogawa.

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On the way to the falls along the edge of Lake Onogawa I found a colorful viewpoint of the lake as shown above.

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I walked another 1km along uphill trail to Grandeco ski resort. There I found a fantastic autumn mountain view with sightseeing gondolas moving along the slope as shown above.

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Autumn color started from Jododaira, Oct. 5, 2017 (福島の紅葉は、浄土平から始まります 2017年10月5日)

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Photo above was a superb autumn view of Okenuma Pond, Jododaira, as of today. Autumn color change in Fukushima Pref. starts from here. The location is easy to access by public transport. There is a local shuttle bus service along Bandai-Azuma Skyline road to the site from JR Fukushima Station every day during the season of October. Once you get off the bus at Jododaira terminal you are surrounded by spectacular autumn colors on mountain hillsides. Okenuma Pond is only 15-minute walk from the terminal.

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Photo above shows a description of Okenuma Pond on the site. It says the pond was created 5 to 6 thousand years ago as an eruption crater.The water is 13 meters deep and it provides drinking water to nearby rest house and mountain lodge.

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Some other photos taken nearby are shown above.

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Kori Town: home to peaches for Imperial Family, August 3, 2017 (献上桃の郷 桑折町を訪ねて 2017年8月3日)

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Today I visited Kori Town which was a home to peaches offered to Imperial Family. I walked around the vast peach farmland area which stretched along Kori Peach-line Road in the eastern part of the town. A popular variety called “Akatsuki” was in its high season of harvesting as shown above and it continues through the end of early August. Every recent year in this time of the season, peaches are harvested at these farms, and then screened, selected carefully and offered to the Imperial Family.

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Once I stepped out of JR Kori Station which was located near the center of the town, I found a stone pillar standing in front, which was inscribed as “home to peaches for Imperial Family” as shown above.

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The town prospered during Edo Period as a post town on old Oshu Highway and after Meiji Restoration in 1867, a local administrative office for Date County was placed here. The old office building, which was built in 1883 are being preserved in the town center as shown above.

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Moving to the east I crossed a major National Route 4, where I found another sign of “home to peaches for Imperial Family” on the roadside in front of JA market as shown above.

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Shortly after, I was walking along the Kori Peach-line Road, where peach farms such as shown above continue during a long walk.

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Then I came to a monument as shown above, which commemorated 1st and 2nd visits by Emperor and Empress in 2013 and 2015, when the two encouraged local farmers toward the recovery from the Great East Japan earthquake and nuclear accident disasters.

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Next I came to another monument in a corner of the farmland as shown above, which commemorated a visit by crown prince and princess in 1996.

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I finally visited one of farmers in the area, tasted a peach harvested, which was excellent and juicy. I ordered some boxes for family members and relatives who live outside Fukushima. The samples are shown above.

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