Shibazakura Festival at Jupialand Hirata, May 2, 2023. Jupialand平田芝樱节举行 五月二号二〇二三年。ジュピアランドひらた芝桜まつり 2023年 5月2日。

(#Jupialand, Hirata, May 2, 2023. #ジュピアランドひらた 芝桜 平田村5/2/2023)
Today, I visited Shibazakura Festival at Hirata Village. Hirata Village is located in the southern border with Koriyama City. You can get to the site with a single local bus ride from JR Koriyama Station and a little walk. Photo above was a view at the entrance. Most of the ground was covered with moss phlox or shibazakura. Three hiragana characters seen on the right represent the name of the village “Hirata”.


(#Jupialand, Hirata, May 2, 2023. #ジュピアランドひらた 芝桜 平田村5/2/2023)
Some other views at the venue are shown above.

The highest observatory deck at the site is 634 meters above sea level as shown above which is the same height as Tokyo Skytree tower.

To get to the festival site you get on a local bus bound for Yomogida at Koriyama bus terminal no.2 and get off at Shimoshinden bus stop shown above. A mountain in the center is Mt. Yomogida (952m) which straddles over Hirata, Koriyama, and Sukagawa.

Then you walk uphill for about 40 minutes along the sidewalk shown above. A mountain in the center is again Mt. Yomogida. The venue is on the mountainside.

On the way back I stopped at Michinoeki Hirata or roadside station Hirata (shown above) which was just one bus stop south from Shimoshinden. It was a good rest place with local market, takeout stand for local specialties, clean toilet and rest tables.

Bus stop for Koriyama was just in front of the michinoeki as shown above.

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

Tadami Snow Festival 2023, February 10-11, 2023. 只见的老家庙会二〇二三。二月十号和十一号二〇二三年。只見ふるさとの雪まつり2023年 2月10-11日。

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(# Tadami Snow Festival, Tadami, Feb. 10, 2023. #只見雪まつり 只見2/10/2023)
February 10-12th are Tadami Snow Festival days including the Festival Eve on the 10th. This year’s festival features commemoration of full resumption of Tadami Line operation last year for the first time in 11 years as well as the festival’s 50th anniversary. Photo above shows a gigantic snow sculpture of Tadami Line train at the venue right next to JR Tadami Station. A life-size front of the train is on the left and a train running through elevated Kanotsu River Bridge is placed on the upper part.

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(# Tadami Snow Festival, Tadami, Feb. 10, 2023. #只見雪まつり 只見2/10/2023) 
Entrance gate to the venue was created with a large snow sculpture as shown above.

(# Tadami Snow Festival, Tadami, Feb. 11, 2023. #只見雪まつり 只見2/11/2023)
Tadami line train made by snow looks running through an elevated bridge over the festival’s main stage in a photo above.

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(# Tadami Line, Kanotsu Bridge, Tadami, Feb. 10, 2023. #只見線 叶津川橋梁 只見2/10/2023)
The model of the snow sculpture is a train running over the Kanotsu River Bridge in Tadami Town. A photo above shows a real view as of Feb. 10th. This section was also suspended operation for 11 years. It was a freezing cold day with snow when I took this picture. We cannot see the Kanotsu River because of 1.8m-high snow wall in front.

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(# Tadami Snow Festival, Tadami, Feb. 10, 2023. #只見雪まつり 只見2/10/2023)
In the evening of the Eve, illumination started on the snow sculpture as shown above. You can see staff members still preparing for the coming projection mapping event amid the falling snow.

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(# Tadami Line Kiha-Kun, Tadami, Feb. 11, 2023. #只見線 キハ君 只見2/11/2023)
Photo above shows Tadami Line mascot character, Kiha-Kun, which is named after the train car model Kiha series.

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Finally, I left Tadami on the 11th Saturday taking the afternoon train to Aizuwakamatsu. As you see in a photo above many passengers were waiting to take the train. Most of the seats were occupied until the train reached the final destination, which is a happy news for Japan Railway.

Today, I used Tadami Town’s new public demand taxi service to get to Kanotsu Bridge and back to Tadami Station (about 10 minutes each). This was the second time I used this service. It’s called “snow taxi” and the fare was 200 yen each. It’s grateful that even people outside the town can use this convenient and inexpensive service. (Only on weekdays.)

I stayed overnight at Minakawa Ryokan (Inn) just 5-minute walk from the festival venue. The inn provides a double discount for government tourism support subsidies and Tadami Line supporter’s discount.

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

Nihonmatsu: Town of autumn festivals. 二本松的秋季庙会。秋祭りの町: 二本松。2022年10月3日 公開。

In Nihonmatsu a series of autumn festivals are held in October: Chochin, Abaredashi, and Chrysanthemum Festivals. Please enjoy the scale, variety, and fun!
10月の二本松は、秋祭りが続けて行われます: 提灯祭り、あばれ山車、菊人形祭り。各々趣きがあり、ご覧ください。

Welcome! 福が満開、福のしま。
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