Abukyu Railway tour, March 19, 2021. (阿武急線ツアー 2021年3月19日。)

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(#Abukyu Line, AB900, Date, Mar. 19, 2021. #阿武急 AB900伊達 3/19/2021)
Today, I traveled by Abukuma-Kyuko Line or Abukyu Railway from Fukushima Station up north to Marumori Station in Miyagi Prefecture stopping at some places. The railway, going mostly along the Abukuma River, suffered severe flooding damage in fall of the year before last and suspended its operation for the section including Marumori Station. But finally, it resumed full regular operation on this March for the first time in a year and 5 months. A photo above shows a new train introduced a year ago running through the restored section near Kabuto Station.

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I found the same type of train stopping at Marumori Station as shown above.


The railway connects Fukushima and Miyagi Prefectures running mostly along the Abukuma River. A photo above shows northernmost point of the river. The location is 10-minute walk from Kabuto Station, also shown above, which is the northernmost Station of the line within Fukushima Prefecture.

(#Abukyu Line, Masamune, Date, Mar. 19, 2021. #阿武急 正宗 伊達 3/19/2021)
The railway introduced special wrapped car, as shown above, featuring war time general Date Masamune and his family. A photo above shows part of the exterior of the train at Yanagawa Station.

Even the interior is decorated with similar manga illustration as shown above.

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Abukyu Railway issued special station stamps free of charge as shown above. These are the expression of gratitude from the company for the support of the recovery. Each stamp is issued at Yanagawa or Marumori Station only.

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

Exciting Date City with its Masamune Datenicle fever, Nov. 13, 2016 (正宗ダテニクル で盛上る 伊達市 2016年11月13日)

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Today, I visited Date City, which is located in the northern part of Fukushima, as a monthly group study of "Omotenashi Guide Fukushima". The city triggered a fever of Datenicle this year, which is a series of animation film based on stories of famous samurai lord Date Masamune and his family. Photo above shows a wrapped train of Abukyu Railway, running near Yanagawa Station in the city.

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Abukyu, or Abukuma Express Railway, is a local railway which connects Fukushima City and Miyagi Pref. along the Abukuma River. Photo above shows a regular type of train running through Date City.

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During morning hours, we had a tour through Yanagawa Hachiman Shrine, a major attraction of the city, which had been a guardian deity of Date family. Two of the local guides of the city tourist center guided us through the precinct. Photo above shows the main hall of the Shrine, which was rebuilt in 1745.

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There was an old Kannondo Hall within the precinct as shown above. The building was rebuilt in 1718.

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An old bell tower with thatched roof shown above sounded very nice when we hit the large bell. This tower belongs to Ryuhoji Temple, which has strong ties with the Shrine.

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At lunch time, we had a healthy and delicious lunch at Yanagawa Denshokan as shown above. The lunch was cooked entirely from local foodstuffs. After lunch, we had a special video and talk related to Masamune Datenicle at here.

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In the late afternoon, we visited Anpogaki farms in the adjacent Isazawa village. Anpogaki or sweet half-dried persimmon with orange color is a great specialty of Yanagawa District. Isazawa village is a major production area of Anpogaki. Along the hillside of Isazawa village, we could see a large area covered with persimmon trees such as shown above.

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The next morning, I visited Date City Hall in Hobara District, and found a life-size figure from Masamune Datenicle animation film 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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【2012年11月21日】 伊達市 霊山 へ( Nov. 21, 2012: To Ryozen of Date City, Fukushima Pref. )

本日は、田村市 を出発して、伊達市 の 霊山 (りょうぜん)へ。国道349号から国道115号が主なルート。これは、相馬市への国の推奨迂回ルートであり、今回、霊山は自転車旅の中継地点です。 伊達市 に入ったのち、国道115号の 霊山 までの約10kmは登り。
Today, I left Tamura City and pedaled toward Ryozen area of Date City. The main routes were national Route 349 and 115. These Routes were recommended by Ministry of Land, Infrastructure, and Transportation as the bypass route toward Soma City. This time Ryozen was chosen as a relay point for bike tour toward Soma City. After entering Date City, about 10km of hill climb to Ryozen followed and it was a hard ride.

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国道349号 の途中に、道の駅「 ふくしま東和 」がある。上の写真は、その案内標識と外観です。
I found Road Station "Fukushima Towa" on the way on Route 349. The pictures above show the guide sign and the outside view of the road station.

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その後に、写真の 口太山 (くちぶとやま)トンネルがある。700m程のトンネルですが、左側に広い自歩道がある。トンネルの奥は、どうしても暗く路面が見にくいので、非常に助かります。
Then, I met with Kuchibutoyama Tunnel shown in the picture. This tunnel was about 700m long and what special with this tunnel was that it had a spatious side road for pedestrian and bike as can be seen in the left side. Since deep inside the tunnel is usually so dark for bike that one can hardly see the road surface, this type of side road is great for safety.

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最初の写真が、 伊達市 に入るところです。2枚目が、本日の 霊山 の写真。紅葉の名所ですが、見頃は先週終わり、それでも岩山の景観は見事です。
The first picture above shows entering to Date City. The second picture shows a view of Ryozen rock mountains. Ryozen was famous for its beautiful autumn colors; however the best time was over last week, still the view of rock heights was splendid.

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今夜の宿は、 霊山 のふもとにある りょうぜん紅彩館 。 伊達市 が運営する 公共の宿 です。風呂から霊山が一望できます。ここは、宮城県との県境にも近い。
Today I stayed at Ryozen-Kosaikan Inn which was located on the foot of the Ryozen Mountains. This is a public inn operated by Date City. I could see the Ryozen view from the bath. This location was near the boundary to Miyagi Pref.
Welcome! 福が満開、福のしま。
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