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.

Akiyama-no-Komazakura, original scenery of Fukushima, April 7, 2021. (秋山の駒ザクラ 福島の原風景 2021年4月7日。)

(# Akiyama-no-Komazakura, Kawamata, Apr. 7, 2021. #秋山の駒ザクラ 川俣町 4/7/2021)
A photo above was an old single cherry tree that stood on a remote countryside of Kawamata Town. The view is typical of Japanese original countryside scenery. The tree has been taken good care of by local people and was named as “Akiyama-no-Komazakura”. The tree was designated as the town’s natural monument.

(# Akiyama-no-Komazakura, Kawamata, Apr. 7, 2021. #秋山の駒ザクラ 川俣町 4/7/2021)
This was a closer look at the tree. See how tall the tree is compared to the humans. The height is about 20 meters, which means far higher than Takizakura cherry tree in Miharu. It was in full bloom.

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A couple of description boards stood beside the tree which are shown above. They say that the tree is 500 years old and Edohigan variety.

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Public transport to get there is a little bit complex. First, I took a train to JR Fukushima Station. Then I took a local bus and got off at “Oguni-kominkanmae” bus stop where michinoeki (or roadside station) Ryozen is nearby. An upper photo above shows the front space of the station building. This was a good place to have a break while waiting for the next bus. Then I took a different local bus from the same bus stop heading for bus terminal “oiwake” as shown in the bottom photo above. Then finally I walked about 2.7km to get to the goal.

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

Deep countryside tour in Towa, Nihonmatsu, Nov. 16, 2017 (二本松東和地区の素敵な里山ツアー 2017年11月16日)

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Today, I attended a wonderful tour through deep countryside of Towa district, Nihonmatsu City. This study tour was promoted by Omotenashi Guide Fukushima, which was a group of interpreter guides for Fukushima Pref. Photo above was a 3-story shrine tower which suddenly appeared on a mount Kohata trail about 540m above sea level.

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A history was described on a board above which said that the tower was already there in 16th century. It suffered fire and natural disaster since then, and was repaired every time, and today it remains as one of the only three of this kind of towers in Fukushima.

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There was a main building or “Honden” of Okitsushima Shrine as shown above just up the stairs from the tower.

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Also down the mountainside, there was a worship hall or “Haiden” of the shrine as shown above.

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These buildings were built in late 18th century and the details were explained on a board above.

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And near these structures, there was a gigantic Japanese cedar tree as shown above, which was designated as a national natural monument. The tree is 700 years old and the circumference is 16 meters.

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There was a scenic viewpoint along the trail which overlooked northwestern plains with fall colors as shown above. With all of these historic sites and scenery and a lot of uphill exercise, I believe this was a hidden attraction in Fukushima.

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Towa district has some of the excellent local specialties. One of them was organic wine produced at local winery. The grapes are harvested at local organic vineyard. Photo above shows wine products from Fukushima Farmers’ Dream Wine Co. Both of them tasted healthy and excellent.

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Another specialty was locally produced natural honey products as shown above. These are from Watanabe Apiary in Towa district. These tasted excellent and healthy. You can purchase one at either of roadside stations referred below.

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There were a couple of roadside stations or Michi-no-eki along the national route 349 in Towa district, one of which “Michi-no-eki Towa” was shown above. They serve delicious lunch prepared with local vegetables. One of them I had today at “Sakura-no-sato” roadside station was “kenchin-udon” bowl with plenty of local vegetables and delicious soup, which was extremely good and healthy.

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This time, it was high season for autumn colors in the district. In April, cherry blossoms are all over the area. One of the famous weeping cherry trees is called “Kassenba-no shidarezakura”, or a couple of 150-year-old weeping cherry trees in the battle field, as shown above as of today.

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Local festivals are held including Abaredashi or wild floats Festival in October, or Kohata Flag Festival in early Decmber. (This year’s festival is on Dec. 3rd. History of Kohata Flag Festival is explained above in Japanese.) So you can enjoy some of the festivals or cherry blossoms or autumn colors depending on the month you visit here, altogether with having local healthy vegetable lunch or purchasing excellent local specialty food or drink products, while enjoying great countryside atmosphere.

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Today, attendees gathered at Adachigahara site, which was about 40-minute walk from JR Nihonmatsu Station, and then a microbus took us through the tour. A mistress of local organic Nanakusa Farm, who was also a member of Omotenashi Guide Fukushima and who teaches English to local children, guided us through the tour. Our first visit was Sainenji Temple, where a natural monument of the city shown above was preserved. This was called Garyu-no-matsu, which was 400-year-old Japanese white pine. It grew crawling horizontally as far as 14 meters wide.

The exact route and locations are shown in the map below. The map can be scaled up and down with a click and scroll.
The last visit which was Dream Wine Co. was out of GPS route in the map due to battery outage.
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