Fukushima autumn foliage selection, 福岛县的红叶名胜,福島の紅葉名所選 2021年10月20日 公開。

This is superb autumn foliage at Mt. Adatara, Jododaira, and Urabandai.
福島の紅葉名所の紹介です: 安達太良山(10月中旬)、浄土平(10月初旬)、裏磐梯(10月下旬)。どうぞご覧ください。


Wisteria at Kasumigajo Park, Nihonmatsu, May 11, 2021. 霞城公园的藤萝花,在二本松。(二本松・霞ヶ城公園の藤棚 2021年5月11日。)

(# Wisteria at Kasumigajo, Nihonmatsu, May 11, 2021. #智恵子の藤棚 霞ヶ城公園 二本松 5/11/2021)
Photo above was an old wisteria tree with beautiful white blossoms at Kasumigajo Castle Park in Nihonmatsu, as of May 11, 2021. The location is about 30-minute walk (with ups and downs) from JR Nihonmatsu Station. It stands right beside a small pond in the park.

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It’s been called Chieko’s wisteria trellis. The tree was originally at Chieko’s birthplace in Nihonmatsu but it was moved to here. A board shown above says that. Chieko was a well-known poetic artist in early Meiji period.

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(# Wisteria at Kasumigajo, Nihonmatsu, May 11, 2021. #藤棚 霞ヶ城公園 二本松 5/11/2021)
There was a comfortable walkway with benches around the pond, as shown above, with wisteria trellis over the head.

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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