Autumn falls along Adatara Valley Nature Trail, Oct.27, 2017. (あだたら渓谷自然遊歩道、滝と紅葉 2017年10月27日)

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Today, I visited Adatara Valley Nature Trail on the foot of Mount Adatara. There were many waterfalls along the trail which went winding along the Karasugawa River. Photo above shows an autumn view near Senjo Rocks in the middle of the trail with plenty of waters flowing down the river. The trail itself was somewhat muddy with abundance of waters coming out of the ground.

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Photo above shows a map of the trail which stood at the starting point. It was several minute walk from Okudake Bus Stop. And you can get here by local shuttle bus service (Fukushima Kotsu Bus) from JR Nihonmatsu Station during autumn high season. The trail was 5.2km round trip and the elevation was about 100m. The location is about 1000m above sea level. It took me 2.5hr round trip taking pictures.

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This was a view of the starting point.

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Photo above shows a view toward downstream from Takimi Bridge.

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Photo above shows a view of waterfall called Uodome Falls, which means stopping fish to come upstream.

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Photo above shows Shoryu Falls, which means Flying-up Dragon.

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Photo above shows waterfalls called Hiraname Riverbeds.

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Bike climb on Mount Yamizo, July 6, 2017 (八溝山頂 へ チャリ で 2017年7月6日)

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Mount Yamizo (1022m) is located on the border of Fukushima, Ibaraki, and Tochigi Prefectures. On Fukushima side which is within Tanagura Town, there is a prefectural road called Mount Yamizo Line to the very summit. This is a rare public road that can take us to the summit of a 1000m class mountain. I pedaled my bike to the summit from JR Iwakitanagura Sta. Photo above shows a view of the summit with its Yamizomine Shrine. This view was taken from 3-story observatory platform right next to it.

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Photo above shows the summit point with its sign pole and the triangulation point. They stand within the precinct of Yamizomine Shrine.

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Photo above is a close-up view of the first order triangulation point.

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Although there was a prefectural road to the summit, the road was not paved all the way. Between 15 and 18km points from the town center of Tanagura, the road suddenly turned into gravel road as shown above. I rode my bike on and off during this period.

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The rest of the road was paved such as shown above, but some parts were damaged from wear and tear.

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The end of Fukushima road looked as shown above. Then the road changed to Tochigi road, and then to Ibaraki road.

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And finally I arrived at Yamizomine Shrine Torii gate as shown above. The summit was several steps away from the gate.

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Mount Yamizo Line road runs mostly along the upper stream of the Kuji River. A photo above shows a source stream of the Kuji River, which flows through Yamatsuri Town and then to Ibaraki Prefecture.

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At last, a photo of the observatory I mentioned in the beginning is shown above. Also, a northwest view (toward Nasu) from the observatory as of today is shown in the bottom.

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Snow scenery and JR Tadami Line in Aizu, Dec. 19-20, 2016 (会津の雪景色と 只見線 2016年12月19-20日)

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Winter weather pattern brought some amount of snow in Aizu Region during the last few days. But yesterday snow stopped and it turned to warm weather. I decided to visit Aizu for a couple of days to see snow scenery. I traveled from Aizuwakamatsu Station on JR Tadami Line and after about 2-hour ride I got off at Aizumizunuma Station in Kaneyama Town. I started to walk along National Route 252 towards Aizunakagawa Station which was 6km away. On the way I watched JR Tadami Line train which runs along the Tadami River through snow-covered landscape. Although snow was not heavy enough to cover the whole mountainside in white, the scenery gave me a year-end winter atmosphere. A photo above shows a view near Oshi village of Kaneyama Town. (Location: viewpoint #1 in the map.)

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Photos above show other views from near Aizumizunuma Station, where Tadami Line train travels through a bridge over the Tadami River. (Location: viewpoint #2 in the map.)

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Along the National Route 252 between Aizumizunuma and Aizunakagawa Station, there were some scenic places such as shown above including Ueda Dam or Ueda Hydroelectric Power Station.

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There is an excellent hot spring, which is called Hayato Onsen, down the river just across the border with adjacent Mishima Town. Tsurunoyu is a major hot spring facility which is about 10-minute walk from JR Hayato Station. It has a day use service as well as a simple accommodation without meals. Photos above show a view of the main building, a separate building for stay without meals, and one (small type) of hot spring baths. The sodium-chloride hot spring water wells out at 52 degrees Celsius. The bath is very natural without heating, nothing added, with source spring water just pouring into the bath unlimitedly.

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Photo above shows a bakery in front of Aizunakagawa Station. It has a variety of bread for lunch where I used to stop and buy some every time I come here. The breads were actually baked in Aizuwakamatsu City where the family members work.

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