Welcome back Tadami train at Bridge No.8, January 19, 2023. 欢迎只见线列车的再来到第八桥梁。一月十九号二〇二三年。おかえり只見線第八橋梁に2023年 1月19日。

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(#Tadami Line, Bridge No.8, Tadami, Jan. 19, 2023. #只見線 第八橋梁 只見1/19/2023)
Tadami Line train is back again at Bridge No.8 over the Tadami River. Photo above shows a view from Yoriiwa Bridge, Tadami. Tadami Line train, the bridge, Mt. Gamo (828m), and the Tadami River are all in the picture. The train running on this bridge came back last October for the first time in 11 years since devastating rainfall disaster in 2011. Yoriiwa Bridge is about 10-minute walk from Aizu-shiozawa Station of JR Tadami Line.

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(#Tadami Line, Bridge No.8, Tadami, Jan. 19, 2023. #只見線 第八橋梁 只見1/19/2023)
Some other photos as the train approached closer are shown above. The train looked longer and reflected on the water.

Today, I used Tadami Town’s new public demand taxi service to get to Yoriiwa Bridge and back to Tadami Station. It’s called “snow taxi” and the fare was 200 yen each. Even people outside the town can use this convenient and inexpensive service. It’s a perfect service!

Right next to Tadami Station square, preparation work for the coming Tadami Snow Festival on February 11th-12th was under way. Massive amount of snow is carried to the venue as shown above for making a large snow sculpture. This year’s theme is Tadami Line came back.

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On the way back to my home, I took the last Tadami Line train at 6 p.m. bound for Aizuwakamatsu. Photos above show the train. In today’s day trip I was grateful that all the people’s walking spaces on platforms, crosswalk, and station front areas were carefully cleared up of snow. Station staff told me that every day snow clearing group work hard for the safety of train users.

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

Tadami Biosphere Reserve, 只见UNESCO自然保护区,只見ユネスコエコパーク 2021年9月11日 公開。

This is an introduction of Tadami, Fukushima.


Nature of Tadami in autumn, October 31, 2020. (只見の秋 2020年10月31日)

(#Beech forest, Yonasawa, Tadami, Oct. 31, 2020. #ブナ林 余名沢 只見 10/31/2020)
I participated in a small nature walking tour held by Tadami Beech Center at Tadami Town today. The site was a nature trail in pristine beech forest along the Yona Stream at eastern part of Tadami. It was in full autumn colors in this season as shown above. This was the very core of Tadami which was designated as Biosphere Reserve under the UNESCO program.

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Because the beech forest tour started early in the morning, I stayed near the site the night before. The excellent hot spring inn was called “Tokinosato-Yurari” as shown above. The tour started from here.

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On the ground of the forest, many young beech trees grew with the leaves changing color as shown above. We learnt a lot about beech trees and how local people took advantage of them in their life from three guide members of the Beech Center. I was grateful for that as well as for the kind support during the walk.

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On the way to the inn the day before, I took JR Tadami Line train which went along the Tadami River, and I stopped at a new museum facility called “Miori” located 5-minute walk from Aizunakagawa Station. This facility, as shown above, was built and operated by Tohoku Electric Power Company (Tohoku-EPCO). The main feature of the museum is to display hydro power generation. The Tadami River hosts about 10 hydro power stations and has been one of the major renewable power sources over the past years.


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Photos above show one of the corners called “hydro power square”. It shows history, basics, and locations of the hydro power stations. Major development of hydro power stations along the river started after the World WarⅡand 6 of them were built and operated by Tohoku-EPCO.

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I was surprised that the company song was also created by Fukushima’s great composer Koseki Yuji as shown above.

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(#Tadami Line, new train, Oct. 30, 2020. #只見線 新電車 金山町 10/30/2020)
By the way, Tadami Line train was updated this spring to a new design. Photos above are of the new ones. The interior was also comfortable.

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(#Lake Tagokura, Tadami, Oct. 31, 2020. #田子倉湖 只見 10/31/2020) 
In the afternoon of the next day, after the beech forest tour, I joined in a local sightseeing tour of Lake Tagokura arranged by the tourist center. Photo above was a view from Tagokura Dam observation spot, called Tagokura Lake View, surrounded by autumn colors.

And this shows a large-scale hydro power station at Tagokura Dam in the opposite direction.

(#Lake Tagokura, Tadami, Oct. 31, 2020. #田子倉湖 只見 10/31/2020)
Photo above was another view overlooking the lake from Rokujurigoe Pass Memorial site.

Trees were colorful everywhere along the national route 252 as shown above.

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


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