Hamadori winter tour, onsen, history, etc. Feb.12-15, 2024. 冬天滨通旅行, 温泉、历史、废炉, 从二月十二号到十五号二〇二四年。冬の浜通り、温泉・歴史・廃炉2024年 2月12-15日。

(#Yumoto Station, Iwaki, Feb. 12, 2024. #湯本駅 いわき2024.2.12)
Today, we started our 4-day Hamadori journey from Iwakiyumoto, Fukushima Pref. Photo above shows Yumoto Station of JR Joban Line. Our plan is to travel north along Hamadori coastal region stopping at historic sites, and staying at onsen sites. The northernmost site extends to Zuiganji Temple in Miyagi Pref.

Iwakiyumoto Onsen is one of the three oldest onsen (or hot spring) sites in Japan with more than 1,600 years of history. The sulfur hot spring water wells up with abundant scale of 5 tons per minute. Within walking distance from Yumoto Station, public bath house Sahako-no-yu and footbath Tsuru-no-ashiyu are seen as shown below, in addition to some inns and hotels.

(#Sahako-no-yu, Iwakiyumoto, Feb. 12, 2024. #さはこの湯 いわき湯本2024.2.12)

(#Tsuru-no-ashiyu, Iwakiyumoto, Feb. 12, 2024. #鶴のあし湯 いわき湯本2024.2.12)

(#Sunrise, Shohakukan, Feb. 13, 2024. #日の出 松柏館2024.2.13)
We stayed overnight at Shohakukan Inn. The next morning, sunrise over the hill toward the Pacific was seen from the men’s bath as shown above. In terms of onsen and meal, this inn was the best and reasonable in this journey.

(#Shiramizu Amidado, Iwaki, Feb. 13, 2024. #白水阿弥陀堂 いわき2024.2.13)
The next day, we visited Shiramizu Amidado about 4km north. This Buddhist architecture, as shown above, is a national treasure building built in 1160. Although the building and the surrounding garden suffered heavy damage by the flooding of nearby Shinkawa River on September 2023, Amidado building was recovered and reopened to the visitors.

(#Amidado Goshuin, Iwaki, Feb. 13, 2024. #阿弥陀堂 御朱印 いわき2024.2.13)
I received goshuin stamp of Amidado as shown above.

Next, we stopped at Joban coal discovery memorial site about 1.5km walk from Shiramizu Amidado. Photo above shows a view of the site which is called Mirokusawa area.


(#sunrise view, Shiokazeso, Feb. 14, 2024. #日の出 しおかぜ荘 楢葉2024.2.14)
Then we returned to JR Uchigo Station and headed north to Tatsuta Station in Naraha Town. We stayed overnight at Cycling Terminal onsen facility operated by the town. The next morning, we could see beautiful sunrise of the Pacific from Shiokazeso onsen bath as shown in the pictures above. In terms of sunrise and ocean view this inn was the best.

(#Robot, TEPCO, Tomioka, Feb. 14, 2024. #ロボット 廃炉資料館 富岡2024.2.14)
The next morning, we moved to Tomioka, one station north from Tatsuta, and visited TEPCO Decommissioning Archive Center. They provide guided tour inside and we chose 1hr course. Photo above shows remote controlled robot for the investigation of fuel debris situation inside the reactor no.1.

(#Somanomaoi, Minamisoma, Feb. 14, 2024. #相馬野馬追 博物館 南相馬2024.2.14)
In the afternoon, we moved to Haranomachi Station and visited Minamisoma City Museum which took 15 minutes by taxi from the station. Photo above shows the main display of Somanomaoi Festival. This is a national intangible important cultural asset which has a history of more than 1,000 years.

The museum displays some other historical items of the city such as scale model of steam locomotive turntable which was located in the city for Joban Line. Here is a video of how it looks and moves.


(#Tsurushinoyu, Shinchi, Feb. 14, 2024. #つるしの湯 新地 2024.2.14)
Finally, we moved to Shinchi Station, the northernmost station in Fukushima, and stayed overnight at Hotel Grado which had Tsurushinoyu onsen facility as shown above. The hotel is convenient with only few-minute walk from JR Shinchi Station. However, we could not see ocean sunrise view from the bath blocked by a wall surrounding the bath. The spring water comes from 300m underground, and it was a good onsen.
その後新地駅まで移動し、新地町のつるしの湯温泉(写真)のあるホテルグラードに泊ります。 駅から徒歩数分で便利ですが、湯からの日の出は壁に遮られ見えません。湯は地下300mから汲み上げており、良い湯です。

(#Zuiganji Hondo, Matsushima, Feb. 15, 2024. #瑞巌寺 本堂 松島2024.2.15)
In the final day we extended our journey to Zuiganji Temple at Matsushima, Miyagi Pref. It took less than 2 hours from Shinchi. Zuiganji Temple building is designated as a national treasure. Photo above shows the main building (Hondo) built in 1609 by the first Sendai feudal lord Date Masamune.

(#Zuiganji Goshuin, Matsushima, Feb. 15, 2024. #瑞巌寺 御朱印 松島 2024.2.15)
I received goshuin stamp of Zuiganji as shown above.

(#Zuiganji Garyubai, Matsushima, Feb. 15, 2024. #瑞巌寺 臥龍梅 松島 2024.2.15)
These are special ume trees called Garyubai, in a photo above, with pink and white blossoms each in March. These trees were brought back from Korean Peninsula and planted in 1609 by Date Masamune in the front garden of Hondo. So, the trees are more than 400 years old. Offspring of white Garyubai was planted in a park of Date City, Fukushima Pref.

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

Along Aizu Railway. 沿着会津铁道去。会津鉄道に沿って。2023年12月21日 公開。

Aizu Railway connects Aizuwakamatsu in the middle and Minamiaizu in the south. There are many attractions on the way. This video introduces some of them in different seasons. Please take a look!


Aizu Cycling Road. 会津自行车旅行。会津の自転車道を行く。2023年11月24日 公開。

Aizu Cycling Road goes through two major cities in northern Aizu region; Aizuwakamatsu and Kitakata. It goes mainly along the Aga and the Nigori Rivers. A variety of fun are on the way. Please take a look!

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