Aizu flower Himesayuri at Yuridaira, Tadami, June 7, 2018. (只見 百合平 の ヒメサユリ 2018年6月7日)

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(Himesayuri or Lilium rubellum at Yuridaira, Tadami, June 7, 2018. 只見町 百合平 の ヒメサユリ 6/7/2018)
Today I traveled to Tadami Town which was said to be the largest wild habitat of Himesayuri or Lilium rubellum. The plant only grows in Aizu region and the neighborhood and is designated as Near Threatened. I visited Yuridaira hill which is only 20-minute walk from JR Tadami Station. The plant was at its best season today as shown in a photo above. All kinds of flowers have been running earlier and shorter than usual this year and Himesayuri was not an exception. But today it seemed I was at the right place on the right day.

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(Himesayuri or Lilium rubellum at Yuridaira, Tadami, June 7, 2018. 只見町 百合平 の ヒメサユリ 6/7/2018)
Photo above shows a view on the hill with many wild Himesayuri flowers blooming here and there.

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(Himesayuri or Lilium rubellum at Yuridaira, Tadami, June 7, 2018. 只見町 百合平 の ヒメサユリ 6/7/2018)
Photo above shows opposite side view overlooking the town of Tadami.

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Another close-up view of the multiple flowers is shown above.

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Then I stopped at Furusatokan Tagokura as shown above, which was a small museum of collection of history documents, photos, and old living tools focused on former Tagokura village. The 290-people village sank in the bottom of Tagokura Dam in 1959 for building a hydroelectric power station. It was a good and compact museum with in-depth explanation by a curator. The location is 5-minute from JR Tadami Station.

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In the afternoon, I moved to Aizuyokota Station of JR Tadami Line, actually by substitute JR bus service because the train in this part was still suspended. From the station, I walked for a while enjoying beautiful Tadami River view along the way like shown above.

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My destination was Tansansui Well or a rare kind of natural carbonated water well in Kaneyama Town as shown above. It was about 15-minute walk from Aizuyokota Station.

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Photo above shows a close-up view inside the well. You can see bubbles coming up on the surface of the well water, which means it is carbonated. Anybody can draw the water using the kettle and taste it. It was cool, excellent and refreshing.

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A brief description board on the site as shown above explained a long history of the well.

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Then my last destination today was Oshio Onsen hot spring which was about 10-minute walk from the Tansansui well. The public bus house is shown above. The carbonated chloride spring water welled up naturally with the temperature of 38.3 degrees Celsius. The color was reddish blown and was said to be good for healing cuts and back pain among other things.

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Right next to the public bus, there stood a Minshuku or a private inn named Tatsumiso as shown above.

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The back of the inn was the Tadami River as seen from the room just like above.

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The next day I climbed halfway up Mt. Gamo which was said to have another Himesayuri habitat in the middle of the slope. Although I dared to climb the risky and rocky mountain about 500m above sea level, I found that most of Himesayuri flowers were finished. So I decided to return and just took a picture shown above. It shows Tadami Line track in the center, which is now still suspended but is scheduled to restart operation by the end of fiscal year 2021.

The exact route and locations are shown in the map below. The map can be scaled up and down with a click and scroll.
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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.

The exact route and locations are shown in the map below. The map can be scaled up and down with a click and scroll.
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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.

The exact route and locations are shown in the map below. The map can be scaled up and down with a click and scroll.
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