Autumn colors along Nishiazuma Sky Valley Road, Oct. 16, 2015 (西吾妻 スカイバレー の 紅葉、2015年10月16日)

Today I pedaled along Nishiazuma Sky Valley Road. This road winds through western slope of Azuma Mountain Range from Lake Hibara to Shirabu Pass which is the border between Yamagata and Fukushima Pref. Autumn leaves showed marvelous colors today.
本日は、西吾妻 スカイバレー を走りました。この道路は、桧原湖の北から、吾妻連峰の西斜面を走り、山形県との境の、白布峠に行きます。紅葉が素晴らしかったです。

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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(Lake Hibara, Urabandai, Oct. 16, 2015, 桧原湖、紅葉、裏磐梯、2015/10/16)
I first pedaled along the shoreline of Lake Hibara. It showed beautiful view this morning as shown above.
最初は、桧原湖 沿いに進み、今朝の桧原湖の景色は、写真のようにきれいでした。

Leaving Lake Hibara from its northern area, I pedaled along Nishiazuma Sky Valley Road toward Shirabu Pass.

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(Autumn leaves along Nishiazuma Sky Valley Road, Oct. 16, 2015, 西吾妻スカイバレーの紅葉、裏磐梯、2015/10/16)
This road showed magnificent autumn colors along the way today as shown above.

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(Autumn leaves along Nishiazuma Sky Valley Road, Oct. 16, 2015, 西吾妻スカイバレーの紅葉、東鉢山七曲り、2015/10/16)
At one of the viewpoints called Tohachiyama-Nanamagari, a magnificent colored slope came into my eyes as shown above.

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Shirabu Pass is the highest point on the road and its altitude is about 1420m above sea level. It is the border between Fukushima and Yamagata Pref. as shown above.

You can trace the route and altitude in the map below. (Up: 4.9%, gained altitude: 727m)

Amazing autumn color at Jododaira part 2 and Noji Hot Spring, Oct. 6, 2015 (浄土平の 紅葉 その2 と 野地温泉 2015年10月6日)

Today, I pedaled my bike and visited Jododaira again following yesterday.

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 leaves at Jododaira, Fukushima City, Oct. 6, 2015, 浄土平 の 紅葉、福島市、2015/10/6)
When I approached Jododaira, amazing yellow colored wood appeared as shown above.

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(Autumn leaves at Okenuma Pond, Jododaira, Oct. 6, 2015, 桶沼 の 紅葉、浄土平、2015/10/6)
Then I parked my bike at the entrance into Okenuma Pond which was a popular viewpoint at Jododaira. A view from the observatory is shown above.

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(Autumn leaves on the slope of Mt. Horai, Jododaira, Oct. 6, 2015, 蓬莱山 斜面の 紅葉、浄土平、2015/10/6)
On the way down from Okenuma Pond, I found spectacular scenery on the slope and foot of Mt. Horai as shown in the pictures above.

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Then I started to climb along the trail toward Kamanuma Pond. At first I could see splendid autumn colors on a hill across the Skyline road as shown above.

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(Mt. Azumakofuji with autumn leaves in front, Jododaira, Oct. 6, 2015, 吾妻小富士 と 紅葉、浄土平、2015/10/6)
Then, halfway on the trail, magnificent view of Mt. Azumakofuji with autumn leaves in front came into my eyes as shown above.

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(Autumn leaves of Mt. Kimen in the back of Noji Onsen Hotel, Oct. 6, 2015, 鬼面山 の 紅葉 と 野地温泉、2015/10/6)
Leaving Jododaira, I returned to Tsuchiyu Pass hot spring site. Noji Onsen (=hot spring) Hotel is located on the foot of Mt. Kimen (1482m) which is at the north end of Adatara Mountain Range. Picture above shows the back of the hotel building is covered by autumn colors on the slope. The hotel provides its own superb quality sulfur hot spring baths.

You can trace the route and altitude in the map below. (Up:4.3%, gained altitude: 674m)

Amazing autumn color at Jododaira and Makukawa Hot Spring, Oct. 5, 2015 (浄土平 の 紅葉 と 幕川温泉 2015年10月5日)

Today, I first visited Makutaki trail and then pedaled up to Jododaira Height which is located 1600m above sea level and which was the main goal on this trip.

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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Makutaki trail starts from Makukawa Onsen (=Hot Spring) which is one of the Tsuchiyu Pass Hot Springs and is located about 4km north of Tsuchiyu Pass.

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I pedaled through the narrow but paved road to Makukawa Onsen. Autumn leaves were getting red and yellow as shown above.

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At the end of the road there was a sign board which showed a map of Makutaki trail. I walked along the trail for a while and met with beautiful scenery of autumn leaves as shown above.

After that I pedaled along Bandai-Azuma Skyline Road which goes winding through Azuma Mountain Range, and finally got to Jododaira height.

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(Autumn leaves along Bandai-Azuma Skyline Road, Oct. 5, 2015, 磐梯吾妻スカイライン の 紅葉、福島市、2015/10/5)
Autumn leaves were almost at their best along the road as shown in the pictures above.

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At one of the parking lot near Jododaira I found mysterious scenery which all the trees behind cedar trees in front completely colored yellow as shown above.

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Approaching Jododaira a slope of Mt. AzumaKofuji partially colored red appeared as shown above.

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(A magnificent autumn scenery at Jododaira, Oct. 5, 2015, 浄土平 の 紅葉、福島市、2015/10/5)
Then when I looked back, a magnificent view of the foot of Mt. Higashiazuma all covered with autumn colors came into my eyes as shown above. This was really spectacular.

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Another picturesque scene on the way back is shown above.

Finally I returned to Makukawa Onsen in the late afternoon. I stayed at Mitoya Inn tonight. The inn is a member of Japan Association of Segregated Hot Spring Inns and has best quality sulfur spring of its own.

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Pictures above show an outside view and the entrance of Mitoya Inn, and autumn leaves surrounding a pond in front.

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(Open air baths at Mitoya Inn, Makukawa Onsen, Oct. 5, 2015, 幕川温泉 の水戸屋旅館 の 露天風呂、2015/10/5)
The inn had two open air baths, one in the second floor with nice view, and another in the wilderness outside as shown in the pictures above. The milky white colored spring water was welling up from right next spring source.


You can trace the route and altitude in the map below. (Up: 4.5%, gained altitude: 821m)
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 4.5%、獲得標高821m)
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