Tracing Asaka Canal in Koriyama, July 22, 2018. (安積疏水と豊かな水田(郡山) 2018年7月22日。)

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(Asaka Canal at Mihotamachi, Koriyama, July 22, 2018. 安積疏水 郡山 三穂田町 7/22/2018)
Today I followed some of the waterways of Asaka Canal in Koriyama, which was developed by the first national restoration project in Meiji Period and completed in 1882. This greatly contributed to the current rich production of excellent rice in this area as well as to the total development of Koriyama area. Asaka Canal was designated as a Japan Heritage. I pedaled my bike mainly through Osemachi, Otsukimachi and Mihotamachi districts, where rice fields have grown to rich green in this time of year at everywhere around. Photo above shows vast rich green rice fields alongside a long elevated 6th branch channel of Asaka Canal in Mihotamachi.

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My first stop was Natsuide village of Osemachi in the north, where I could see the main stream of Asaka Canal as shown above near the 2nd branch point. I also found somewhat terraced rice fields grown in rich green as shown above.

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Next stop was Otsukimachi, where I found the main stream of Asaka Canal near the 5th branch point as shown above. Just adjacent to this point a large rice field extended as shown in the picture above.

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The main stream flowed toward further south to carry the water for 6th and 7th branch in the south. Photo above shows another view of the main stream in Otsukimachi, with a green rice field right next to it.

Finally, I came to Mihotamachi area, where I found a long elevated waterway as shown in the top, which was a part of the 6th branch of the canal. I climbed up a ladder and looked into the elevated water channel and confirmed clear water was flowing inside.

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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Cherry blossoms at Kowataki Park and Kabokudanchi, Koriyama, April 5, 2018 (郡山の小和滝橋、花木団地の桜 2018年4月5日)

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(Cherry blossoms at Kowataki Bridge, Koriyama, April 5, 2018. 郡山 の 小和滝橋 4/5/2018)
Cherry blossoms are hurrying to bloom like an express train this year all across Japan. There was no flower at this site on this Monday, but today, four days later, cherry blossoms were in full bloom at Kowataki Bridge over the Abukuma River as shown above. The mountain in the back was Mount Adatara.

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(Cherry blossoms at Kowataki Park, Koriyama, April 5, 2018. 郡山 の 小和滝公園 4/5/2018)
The bridge was right next to small Kowataki Park as shown above. The park was located at Nishitamachi district in northeastern Koriyama.

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(Tenjinmeotozakura at Takashiba Dekoyashiki, Koriyama, April 5, 2018. 天神夫婦桜高柴デコ屋敷 4/5/2018)
Then I stopped at Takashiba Dekoyashiki village in the neighborhood. A large weeping cherry tree called Tenjinmeotozakura was close to full bloom as shown above.

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A photo above shows pretty garden within the hamlet with other cherry blossoms and displays.

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(Blossoms at Kabokudanchi, Koriyama, April 5, 2018. 郡山 の 花木団地 4/5/2018)Finally I stopped at flower tree fields called Kabokudanchi on the way back home. A variety of flower trees planted by farmers were blooming as shown above. It looked like a small paradise.

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Some other fantastic views along the road with white and pink blossoms are shown above.

The exact locations are shown in the map below. The map can be scaled up and down with a click and scroll.
GPS trace is not shown this time due to device trouble.
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Ume blossoms in full bloom at Umenosato, Koriyama, March 31, 2018. (郡山の梅の里で梅が満開 2018年3月31日)

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(Ume blossoms at Umenosato, Koriyama, March 31, 2018. 郡山 の 梅の里 3/31/2018)
On this last day of March, ume blossoms at Umenosato, Koriyama have finally come to full bloom as shown above. This is a vast ume farmland with about 10,000 ume trees planted for harvesting ume fruits.

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(Ume blossoms at Umenosato, Koriyama, March 31, 2018. 郡山 の 梅の里 3/31/2018)
Umenosato is located on a hill about 310m above sea level. Today was a perfect clear day to watch ume blossoms with the background of snow-capped Mt. Adatara as shown above.

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Here is another view of Mt. Adatara with ume field in front.

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In the neighborhood, there was a sacred giant tree called Sanno cherry tree as shown above. Early spring flowers like skunk cabbage and dogtooth violet were in bloom on the ground.

Umenosato is located within Koriyama City, but its nearest station is JR Miharu Station as a public transport. Please look at a map below for access information.

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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