Early autumn trekking on Mt. Adatara with beautiful gentian, Sept. 10, 2016 (リンドウ に魅せられ 初秋 の 安達太良山 へ 2016年9月10日)

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(Gentian on Mt. Adatara trail, Sept. 10, 2016, 安達太良山のリンドウ 2016/9/10)
Today, I walked along Mt. Adatara trail with gentian blooming all along the path. I came to the Okudake starting point of the trail using shuttle bus service from JR Nihonmatsu Station, which is available on weekends and maybe the easiest way using public transportation. The good news is that this shuttle bus will be available everyday between Oct. 1st and Nov. 8th because of the autumn color season. From the Okudake starting point, I started to climb towards Seishidaira, instead of using Gondola ropeway. All the way from Seishidaira to the summit area of Mt. Adatara, and then descent through Yakushidaira, gentian flowers were in almost full bloom as shown above.

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The summit area of the mountain was crowded with hikers as shown above.

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The pictures above show some of the gentian flowers along the trail. This type is named Gentiana triflora var. japonica subvar. montana. Gentian flowers are not concentrated in some parts, but they are seen scattered in small groups in all over the mountain slope or along the path. Yakushidake trail had more flowers than other trail paths.

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Besides gentian, I found a large plant of Aster glehnii or Gomana in Japanese, with hundreds of small white flowers as shown above.

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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You can trace the route and altitude in the map below.

Parnassia flowers and grand view from Mt. Hitaitori, Sept. 21, 2015 (額取山のウメバチソウと、絶景 2015年9月21日)

Today, I pedaled up to Goreibitsu Pass (837m) and then walked along the mountain trail toward Mt. Taishouhata (1056m) and finally to Mt. Hitaitori or another name Mt. Asaka (1008m).

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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(Lake Inawashiro from Mt. Taishouhata, Koriyama City, Sept. 21, 2015, 大将旗山からの猪苗代湖、郡山市、2015/9/21)
After I reached Goreibitsu Pass with by bike, I started to walk toward Mt. taishouhata. It was a fine day and I could see a gorgeous view of Lake inawashiro along the trail such as shown above.

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(Parnassia flowers at Mt. Hitaitori, Koriyama City, Sept. 21, 2015, ウメバチソウ、額取山、郡山市、2015/9/21)
Then I met with this autumn flower called parnassia as shown above. This flower can be seen in several places along the trail from just before the top of Mt. Taishouhata until another top of Mt. Hitaitori. I love this majestic white flower which starts to bloom after most of summer flowers have gone.

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I also found the last pink flower of a kind of Dianthus as shown above.

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(Lake Inawashiro from Mt. Hitaitori, Koriyama City, Sept. 21, 2015, 額取山からの猪苗代湖、郡山市、2015/9/21)
I want to show you some of the superb views from the top of Mt. Hitaitori above. Lake Inawashiro with gold rice fields of Jokohama district in front and a part of Mt. Bandai in the back are on the views.

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I could also see the bare Mt. Issaikyo of Azuma Mountain Range in the far north as shown above.

You can trace the route and altitude in the map below. (Gained altitude:1017m)

Dahlia Festival in Hanawa Town part Ⅱ, Eryuda Falls in Samegawa Village, and Bobata Onsen, Sept. 15, 2015 (塙のダリア祭りその2、鮫川村の江竜田の滝、母畑元湯 2015年9月15日)

Last night I stayed at Yuyu Land Hanawa of Yujimata Hot Spring. This facility has a large dahlia garden in front across the road. This was my first visit this morning. Then I pedaled north and visited Eryuda Falls in Samegawa Village. Final goal today was Bobata Hot Spring of Ishikawa Town.

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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Picture above shows a Yuyu Land Hanawa Inn of Yujimata Onsen. This is a nice public inn of Hanawa Town located in a remote area 550m above sea level..

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Yuyu Land Hanawa owns a large dahlia garden. In this time of the season, dahlia has become in full bloom as shown in the photos above. The best time will last until October. Dahlia Festival of Hanawa Town lasts through the end of October.

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During Dahlia Festival you can find other dahlia gardens in many places in the town. Picture above shows a bus stop with dahlia garden which I found on the way to Eryuda Falls.

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Leaving Hanawa Town, I headed toward Eryuda Falls in Samegawa Village. There are six falls at the site and two of them are shown above.

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The site had been selected best 100 greens of Fukushima as shown in the stone monument in the picture above.

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Then I headed toward Bobata Hot Spring Site in the north. On the way I stopped at mega solar power plant which was built in an old golf course site as shown above.

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Bobata hot spring site was founded in 1063. The original spring site is called Bobata Motoyu. This is where I stayed tonight. The building is an old (more than 100 years) wooden style with an old style bath as shown in the photos above. This alkaline and radioactive spring was excellent.
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