Late autumn attraction in Aizu, Oct.29-Nov.1, 2023. 晚秋会津的美丽, 从十月二十九号到十一月一号二〇二三年。晩秋会津の魅力2023年 10月29-11月1日。

(#SL Ban-Etsu Monogatari, Aizuwakamatsu, Oct. 29, 2023. #SLばんえつ物語 会津若松10/29/2023)
Today we started our family journey from Aizuwakamatsu, Fukushima Pref. aboard special steam locomotive train Ban-Etsu Monogatari on JR Ban-Etsu West Line. Photo above shows the engine C57180 which turned 77 years old this August. The train runs between Aizuwakamatsu and Niitsu Station, Niigata Pref. on weekends and holidays. Due to the collapse of Nigorigawa Bridge in Kitakata City last August the train suspended its operation for a while but finally resumed this July.

Photo above shows the special passenger car for the train which was very comfortable to ride.

We got off the train at Yamato Station. A short footage below shows the train leaving the station with steam sounds.

(#Yamato Soba, Kitakata, Oct. 30, 2023. #山都そば 喜多方 10/30/2023)
Yamato district of Kitakata City is famous for its quality soba or buckwheat noodle. We visited one of the soba restaurants Yamabiko, as shown above, near Yamato Station (10-min. walk). In this soba harvesting time of the year, we can have very fresh soba noodle. I also found a trace of a popular cyclist Hino Shohei on Kokorotabi TV series who visited here.

Photo above shows a view of the Aga River right in front of Yamato Station.

Next, we visited Oshio district of Kitashiobara Village. Oshio is famous for its mountain produced quality salt which is called Yamajio. The salt contains rich minerals and tastes very mild. We stayed overnight at Yonezawaya Ryokan or Inn which provides quality dishes using Yamajio salt as well as Oshio Onsen. Although the spring water itself tasted saltier the hot spring bath was very soft and relaxing. The inn is located just beside the Oshio River and just in front of local bus stop.

(#Urabandai Ropeway, Oct. 31, 2023. #裏磐梯ロープウエイ10/31/2023)
The next day we moved to Grandeco of Urabandai and went to the top of Decodaira highland using ropeway gondola. The height is about 1,300m above sea level. Photo above shows late autumn view from the base station.

(#Decodaira, Oct. 31, 2023. #デコ平 裏磐梯 10/31/2023)
Looking toward south from Decodaira highland I could see Mt. Bandai on the right and a large Lake Inawashiro on the left as shown in the picture above.

(#Magarisawa Pond, Urabandai, Nov. 1, 2023. #曲沢沼 裏磐梯 11/1/2023)
The next day we took a Grandeco Hotel bus to Goshikinuma Plaza (or Urabandai tourist information center) and then took a free community bus ride which starts from nearby public-school complex. Our destination was Magarisawa Pond of which today’s view was shown above.

(#Osawa Pond, Urabandai, Nov. 1, 2023. #大沢沼 裏磐梯 11/1/2023)
Photo above was a view of adjacent Osawa Pond, a similar view of late autumn. Then we walked south along the national road until we get to Goshikinuma Plaza (goal). Some of the popular ponds were along the way but all around here and there were warning signs of black bears. We were cautious not to take a risk.

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

Hinoemata: A village of kabuki & Oze. 桧枝歧村的歌舞伎和尾濑。桧枝岐: 歌舞伎と尾瀬の村。2022年8月22日 公開。

Hinoemata village features its traditional local kabui play and entrance gate to Oze National Park. Please take a look!


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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