Tadami Biosphere Reserve, 只见UNESCO自然保护区,只見ユネスコエコパーク 2021年9月11日 公開。

This is an introduction of Tadami, Fukushima.


Swans at Seishohama, Lake Inawashiro, Koriyama, December 22, 2020. (猪苗代湖青松浜(郡山)の白鳥は元気でした 2020年12月22日。)

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(#Swans at Lake Inawashiro, Seishohama, Koriyama, Dec. 22, 2020. #白鳥 猪苗代湖 青松浜 郡山12/22/2020)
Today I visited Seishohama Beach of Lake Inawashiro in the outskirts of Koriyama. This has been one of the major flocking locations of migratory swans from Siberia every year. It was cloudy today but the swans were swimming or playing on the beach as shown in the picture above. In this picture alone swan count is about 40. There were some other groups nearby making the total count more than 100.

Here is a very short video where you can find the atmosphere and the familiar cries of swans.

On the way back I noticed near the beach a stone monument with a couple of lanterns for Mount Iide as shown above, which is located far away in Kitakata region. This may be because the mountain can be seen from here on a clear day.

(#Swans at Lake Inawashiro, Seishohama, Koriyama, Mar. 4, 2014. #白鳥 猪苗代湖 青松浜 3/4/2014)
If it were a clear day, I could have seen beautiful contrast of surrounding mountains and a blue sky as an example picture shown above which I took in March 2014. .

The location of Seishohama beach is at the southern edge of Lake Inawashiro. It is within Konanmachi district of Koriyama City. The public transportation to get there is to use a local Aizu Bus from JR Joko Station. From “Fukurafurumachi” bus stop you need 3km walk to the beach.

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

Nature of Tadami in autumn, October 31, 2020. (只見の秋 2020年10月31日)

(#Beech forest, Yonasawa, Tadami, Oct. 31, 2020. #ブナ林 余名沢 只見 10/31/2020)
I participated in a small nature walking tour held by Tadami Beech Center at Tadami Town today. The site was a nature trail in pristine beech forest along the Yona Stream at eastern part of Tadami. It was in full autumn colors in this season as shown above. This was the very core of Tadami which was designated as Biosphere Reserve under the UNESCO program.

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Because the beech forest tour started early in the morning, I stayed near the site the night before. The excellent hot spring inn was called “Tokinosato-Yurari” as shown above. The tour started from here.

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On the ground of the forest, many young beech trees grew with the leaves changing color as shown above. We learnt a lot about beech trees and how local people took advantage of them in their life from three guide members of the Beech Center. I was grateful for that as well as for the kind support during the walk.

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On the way to the inn the day before, I took JR Tadami Line train which went along the Tadami River, and I stopped at a new museum facility called “Miori” located 5-minute walk from Aizunakagawa Station. This facility, as shown above, was built and operated by Tohoku Electric Power Company (Tohoku-EPCO). The main feature of the museum is to display hydro power generation. The Tadami River hosts about 10 hydro power stations and has been one of the major renewable power sources over the past years.


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Photos above show one of the corners called “hydro power square”. It shows history, basics, and locations of the hydro power stations. Major development of hydro power stations along the river started after the World WarⅡand 6 of them were built and operated by Tohoku-EPCO.

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I was surprised that the company song was also created by Fukushima’s great composer Koseki Yuji as shown above.

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(#Tadami Line, new train, Oct. 30, 2020. #只見線 新電車 金山町 10/30/2020)
By the way, Tadami Line train was updated this spring to a new design. Photos above are of the new ones. The interior was also comfortable.

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(#Lake Tagokura, Tadami, Oct. 31, 2020. #田子倉湖 只見 10/31/2020) 
In the afternoon of the next day, after the beech forest tour, I joined in a local sightseeing tour of Lake Tagokura arranged by the tourist center. Photo above was a view from Tagokura Dam observation spot, called Tagokura Lake View, surrounded by autumn colors.

And this shows a large-scale hydro power station at Tagokura Dam in the opposite direction.

(#Lake Tagokura, Tadami, Oct. 31, 2020. #田子倉湖 只見 10/31/2020)
Photo above was another view overlooking the lake from Rokujurigoe Pass Memorial site.

Trees were colorful everywhere along the national route 252 as shown above.

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


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