The entire JR Tadami Line ride, November 7-10, 2022. 乘坐全面恢复的只见线。十一月七号到十号二〇二二年。復旧したJR只見線全線乗車2022年 11月7-10日。

(#Koide Station, JR Tadami Line, Uonuma, Nov. 7, 2022. #小出駅 JR只見線11/7/2022)
Today I started my journey from Koide Station in Uonuma City, Niigata Pref. aboard JR Tadami Line train which resumed its entire line operation toward Aizuwakamatsu. Photo above shows the station, and you can see the train ready to start at the platform over there. My plan is to stop and stay overnight at Tadami and Yanaizu before reaching Aizuwakamatsu.

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(#Saifukuji Temple, Uonuma, Nov. 7, 2022. #西福寺 魚沼市11/7/2022)
Near Koide Station there are some important cultural assets carved by renowned carving artist Ishikawa Uncho. So, I visited two temples: Saifukuji and Eirinji where many of those precious artworks can be seen. Those artworks inside the temple buildings are banned photography, but a photo above shows his carved works placed on both sides of the old temple gate.

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Japanese description above says the statue on the right is a guardian that protects the community from fire. Kanji characters in the left show Zen Buddhism practice.

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(#Saifukuji Temple, Uonuma, Nov. 7, 2022. #西福寺 魚沼市11/7/2022)
A photo above shows autumn view of Saifukuji main temple building.

(#Saifukuji Kaizando, Uonuma, Nov. 7, 2022. #西福寺 開山堂 魚沼市11/7/2022)
A photo above shows front view of Kaizando building where most of the interior were carved by Uncho. Kaizando stands within the precinct of Saifukuji Temple.

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A photo above is a replica of carved sealing of Kaizando by Uncho. (The replica is displayed at Urasa Station.) You might feel a slight image of Uncho’s interior carving.

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(#Saifukuji Uncho statue, Uonuma, Nov. 7, 2022. #西福寺 雲蝶像 魚沼市11/7/2022)
A photo above shows statue of Uncho carving Nio statue inside Kaizando.

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Japanese description above shows brief history of Uncho. He was born in Edo or Tokyo in 1814 and died at Sanjo, Niigata in 1883. In his 30th he started carving various things mainly interior of temples and shrines. Saifukuji Kaizando and Eirinji Temple are major ones.

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(#Eirinji Temple, Uonuma, Nov. 7, 2022. #永林寺 魚沼市11/7/2022)
Now let’s go on to Eirinji Temple. Photo above shows front view of Eirinji main temple building.

(#Eirinji Temple, Uonuma, Nov. 7, 2022. #永林寺 魚沼市11/7/2022)
Photo above shows a stone monument of Uncho. Eirinji has more than 100 pieces of Uncho’s artworks which is the most in Japan.

The first stop in this journey was at Tadami Town. We (I was actually travelling with my family) stayed overnight at Tokinosato-Yurari Inn in the mountainous area. The inn had an excellent hot spring called Murayu or Fukasawa Onsen in a separate bath house. It was a chloride sulfate hot spring. Photo above shows a large ginkgo tree in full autumn color near JR Tadami Station.


(#Kawai Tsugunosuke, Tadami, Nov. 8, 2022. #河合継之助 只見11/8/2022)
The next day was a rainy day. Tadami Town provided free bus service circulate around the town and we decided to visit Kawai Tsugunosuke Memorial Hall using the bus. Photos above are of his statue and his Gatling cannon he used at Boshin Civil war. Kawai Tsugunosuke (1827-1868) was a samurai from Niigata Pref. and fought against the new government forces during Boshin Civil war. He had severe injury in the war and died in Tadami.

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(#Akabeko, Yanaizu, Nov. 9, 2022. #赤べこ 柳津11/9/2022)
The second stop was at Yanaizu Town. It was a town of Akabeko, Saito Kiyoshi art, Fukumankokuzoson-Enzoji Temple, and Awamanju confectionary. Photo shows a gigantic Akabeko monument near the town hall.

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A description board beside the monument tells us the history of Akabeko as shown above.

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(#Akabeko, Yanaizu, Nov. 9, 2022. #赤べこ 柳津11/9/2022)
A mailbox at Yanaizu Post Office had akabeko on top as shown above.

(#Saito Kiyoshi, Yanaizu, Nov. 9, 2022. #斎藤清 柳津11/9/2022)
We walked around the town center starting from Saito Kiyoshi Art Museum. It was a great experience to see so many of his artworks mainly depicting winter in Aizu. Even on the town street there was his picture right on the spot he viewed the snow scenery.

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(#Awamanju, Yanaizu, Nov. 9, 2022. #粟饅頭 柳津11/9/2022)
Awamanju confectionary is another attraction of the town. There are four confectionary shops that make the sweet ban daily and sell to customers. They are Iwaiya, Inabaya, Hasegawa, and Koikeya. We tried tasting all of them comparing the slight differences. Iwaiya was the very first shop or ganso in Japanese that began making and selling Awamanju. Why don’t you try tasting all the shops once you are at Yanaizu? All the shops are lining in short walking distance. Photos above show all the four shops.

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(# Fukumankokuzoson-Enzoji, Yanaizu, Nov. 9, 2022. #福満虚空藏尊圓藏寺 柳津11/9/2022)
Then we visited Fukumankokuzoson-Enzoji Temple in autumn colors as shown above.

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(#Tadami Line, Yanaizu, Nov. 10, 2022. #只見線 柳津11/10/2022)
After staying overnight at Yanaizu, the next day we got on Tadami Line again heading toward Aizuwakamatsu. We took Tadami line train three times: Koide to Tadami, Tadami to Yanaizu, and Yanaizu to Aizuwakamatsu. The train was packed with passengers for the first two sections and many people were standing including the elderly. We also stood all the way. From Yanaizu to Aizuwakamatsu most of the passengers finally got the seats. There must be a lot of work to do to address this issue on the part of JR East Railway Company as well as tourism agency.

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



Tadami Line trip to Yanaizu and Nanukamachi, Dec. 15, 2017 (只見線 で 会津柳津 と 七日町 へ 2017年12月15日)

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Today I traveled to Yanaizu Town by JR Tadami Line to watch train view in snow. Photo above was a view in the town from viewpoint 1 in the map below. The location was about 40-minute walk from JR Aizuyanaizu Station.
本日は、JR只見線で柳津町に行き、雪景色の中の只見線を見ました。写真は、街中(地図のviewpoint 1)で見た只見線です。会津柳津駅から、雪道40分ほどです。

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Tadami Line also ran through the back yard of historic Fukumankokuzo-Bosatsu Enzoji Temple in the town. Photos above show the train passing near the red bridge in the temple precinct. The location viewpoint 2 was shown in the map below.
只見線は、町の由緒ある福満虚空藏菩薩圓藏寺の裏を走ります。写真は、境内の赤い橋の脇を走る只見線です(地図のviewpoint 2)。

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On the way back home, I got off at Nanukamachi Station and walked through the traditional streets. I first stopped at Yamada Momen-orimoto as shown above, a traditional spinning factory of cotton cloth called “Aizumomen”, which started more than 100 years ago. The factory also has its small shop of wears and accessories made from the cotton cloth.

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Next, I stopped at Yamada Mingei workshop as shown above located just a block away. It was a traditional handicraft workshop of Okiagarikoboshi, a self-straighten up doll special for Aizu region. The shop is said to be the origin of all the similar workshops in Aizu and is dedicated to totally handmade, while some other workshops use machines in these days.
It took less than 2 hours walking through the street between Nanukamachi and Aizuwakamatsu Station stopping and shopping at the spinning factory and the handicraft workshop. Locations are shown in the second map below.

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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Autumn scenery along Tadami Line, Oct. 29, 2015 (只見線 沿線の 秋 の風景 2015年10月29日)

Today I left Tadami Town and headed toward Nishiyama Onsen (=hot spring) in Yanaizu Town along the National Route 252. The route also paralleled with JR Tadami Line and the Tadami River.
本日は、只見町 を出て、柳津町の 西山温泉 に向かいました。国道252で行きましたが、JR只見線 と、只見川が並行しています。

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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On a bridge near JR Aizushiozawa Station, I could see the large Tadami River with a bridge for JR Tadami Line in the right and with Mt. Gamo in the back as shown above. However, Tadami Line train is not running over the bridge today due to recovery work suspension. Tadami Line recovery charity and support group is now working on recovery action.

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Picture above shows broad and quiet Tadami River with mountains in the back and local village of Oshi in the right. This view is from a viewpoint just ahead of JR Aizukawaguchi Station.

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There are more than 10 hydroelectric power plants along the Tadami River. Ueda Power Plant shown above is a medium scale hydroelectric power plant located near JR Aizunakagawa Station.

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(Tadami line on a bridge over the Tadami River, Mishima Town, Oct. 29, 2015, 只見線、鉄橋、只見川、三島町、2015/10/29)
There is a popular viewpoint of Tadami Line train traveling on a bridge over Tadami River in Mishima Town. Picture above was taken from the viewpoint today. The train was surrounded by autumn colors.
三島町 に、只見線 の電車が、只見川 の 鉄橋 を渡る、人気の展望場所があります。上の写真は、本日そこから、撮ったものです。電車は、秋の色に包まれています。

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Finally I arrived at Nishiyama Onsen in Yanaizu Town. The whole hot spring site is covered with autumn colors as shown above.
柳津町 の 西山温泉 に着きました。温泉郷全体が、写真のように、紅葉に包まれていました。

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I stayed at Takinoyu Inn tonight which is located beside the Takiya River with beautiful autumn leaves as shown above. The inn is a member of Japan Association of Secluded Hot Spring Inns and has its own best quality chloride hot spring sources. It really was an excellent and refreshing bath.
今日の宿は、滝谷川 の脇にある、滝の湯 です。日本秘湯を守る会 の会員で、独自の塩化物泉の源泉を持っています。大変良いお湯でした。

You can trace the route and altitude in the map below. (Up: 6.6%, gained altitude: 587m)
下の地図で、ルートの距離や標高を見ることができます。(上り 6.6%、獲得標高587m)
Welcome! 福が満開、福のしま。
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