Lake Hayama at Iitate Village, Sept. 5, 2018. (飯舘村のはやま湖 2018年9月5日)

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(Lake Hayama at Iitate Village, Sept. 5, 2018. 飯舘村 はやま湖 9/5/2018)
As the season’s 21st typhoon quickly moved away toward northwest this morning, the weather in Fukushima Pref. quickly recovered in the afternoon. I visited Iitate Village today for the first time in nearly six years. This time I packed my bike, took a train to JR Soma Station, and started pedaling towards Lake Hayama located in the mountainous area in Iitate Village. It took about 1.5hrs to get there. Photo above was a beautiful view of the lake this afternoon.

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The artificial lake was created by the construction of Mano Dam which stopped the flow of the Mano River. A brief description board on site shown above said the Dam was for flood control as well as a reservoir for drinking water and industrial use.

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Photo above shows a sign board entering Iitate Village on the border with Kashima district of Minamisoma City.

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I arrived at JR Soma Station just in lunch time. There was a nice soba noodle restaurant Fukushimaya in front of the station as shown above. The building was more than 100 years old, which was a ryokan (Japanese style inn) in the old days but the maintenance was good as it provided comfortable atmosphere inside.

I knew the massive earthquake happened in Hokkaido during overnight stay at Soma. I want to express my sincere condolences to all of those who have been affected.

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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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