Mt. Takatsuka and Mt. Otakine from Kawauchi, May 26, 2018. (川内村 から 高塚山 と大滝根山 へ 2018年5月26日)

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(Enkianthus campanulatus at Takatsuka-kogen, May 26, 2018. 川内村 高塚高原 の 紅更紗満天星 5/26/2018)
Early this morning, I left the inn at the center of Kawauchi Village and headed toward Takatsuka-kogen Height which was within the area of the village. It was a hard bike climbing of 17km to the height but hundreds of Sarasa-dodan or Enkianthus campanulatus trees in best season welcomed me. Photo above shows red variety of Enkianthus campanulatus shining under the blue sky.

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(Enkianthus campanulatus at Takatsuka-kogen, May 26, 2018. 川内村 高塚高原 の 更紗満天星 5/26/2018)
Photo above shows normal type of Enkianthus campanulatus.

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In about 5-minute walk along the trail from there I could reach the top of Mt. Takatsuka which was 1,066m high above sea level as shown above.

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(Rhododendron quinquefolium at Mt. Takatsuka, May 26, 2018. 川内村 高塚高原 の シロヤシオ 5/26/2018)
On the top area there was cool and beautiful white azalea just in season called Shiroyashio or Rhododendron quinquefolium as shown above.

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Ordinary wild azalea shown above was also in best season.

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Toward a different angle from the top I could look down almost all the area of Takine-Ojiroi Windfarm as shown above.

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Then I started to walk toward my second destination today which was Mt. Otakine (1,192m). Most of the trail looked like shown above.

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But as I approached close to the summit, I had to take a clockwise long path around the SDF Air Force Base as shown in the pictures above.

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(Shrine garden on top of Mt. Otakine, May 26, 2018. 大嶽根山 の 峯霊神社 5/26/2018)
Finally I arrived at the summit where a traditional shrine from more than 1000 years ago existed as shown above. It took more than 1.5hr to get here from Mt. Takatsuka.

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(Summit point of Mt. Otakine, May 26, 2018. 大滝根山 の 1等三角点 5/26/2018)
The actual summit point which was one of first order triangulation points in Japan was inside the fence of SDF Air Force. I took the picture through the fence as shown above. This was the highest summit of Abukuma Mountains.

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Nikkokisuge habitat at Kawauchi Village, May 25, 2018. (川内村のニッコウキスゲ自生地 2018年5月25日)

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(Nikkokisuge at Kawauchi, May 25, 2018. 川内村 の ニッコウキスゲ 5/25/2018)
The weather seemed to be fine for consecutive three days from today, so I decided to travel by bike for the first time in several months. Today I pedaled from Koriyama to Kawauchi Village which was roughly 60km away. I found a beautiful habitat of Nikkokisuge or day lily, a variety of Hemerocallis, along Prefectural Road 36 in the village as shown above. It was not a large area, but the flowers have just started to bloom here and there on a roadside slope.

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On the way to Kawauchi, I found large wind turbines rotating on Abukuma Heights as shown above. These were part of Hiyamakogen Windfarm.

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There was a pass of 760m above sea level on the border from Tamura to Kawauchi, where a welcome sign stood as shown above.

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It was a lunch time when I arrived at the village center and I took a break at Café Amazon shown above. This was the first one of Thailand based café chain stores opened in Japan in 2017. The original Amazon coffee was excellent.

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I strolled around the village area and noticed that many of the paddy fields were ready to grow rice of this year as shown above.

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Three power stations powered by Asaka Canal (Japan Heritage), April 28, 2017(竹之内発電所 の 桜 と 安積疏水(日本遺産) 2017年4月28日)

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Today I traced three traditional hydroelectric power stations powered by Asaka Canal in the outskirt (Atami-machi) of Koriyama. One of them, Takenouchi power station, located on a mountainside was surrounded by late cherry blossoms as shown above.

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Numagami power station is located in the highest position close to Lake Inawashiro where the water comes from. You can see some of the canal water falling down right beside Numagami power station as shown above. This water is fed into Takenouchi station in the downstream.

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Finally the water powers the third hydroelectric power station, Marumori power station as shown above. This station is located in the center of Bandai-Atami town.

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Photo above shows main stream of Asaka Canal running through the backstreet of Bandai-Atami town. The stream then flows into a large area of Asaka plain divided into seven sub-channels.

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Meanwhile, I stopped at an old Nakayamajuku Sta. of JR Ban-etsu West Line. This old station had been used for about 100 years until 1997 for switchback hill climbing. The first photo shows the old station. The second photo shows Ban-etsu West Line train traveling on the current track taken from the old station.

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