Daisetsuzan enjoys autumn the earliest in Japan and through my hike to Kurodake, I was able to witness the nation’s first autumn foliage in mid September. The hike to Kurodake is easily accessible thanks to the Kurodake ropeway and chairlift that takes you to the 7th station at 1,520m.
Hiking Asahidake, one of the peaks in Daisetsuzan, known as Kamui Mintara in the indigenous Ainu people language which translates into a garden where the Gods play. At 2,290m, Asahidake is the tallest mountain in Hokkaido and is one of the earliest places to see autumn in Japan.
A stop a Fukusenji while exploring the land of folklore – Tono in Iwate Prefecture. The main hall of this temple houses the largest wooden statue of Kannon Bosatsu, built from a single tree.
The second largest Japanese garden in the Tohoku region, the Fujita Memorial Garden is a must-see if you are in Hirosaki. Separated into an upper and lower garden, the garden uses Mount Iwaki as a borrowed scenery which I was lucky to get a clear picture of on this day.
Exploring Osorezan and Bodai-ji Temple, believed to be one of the gates to the afterlife due to its resembling landscape of fuming sulphuric gases and barren ground next to a poisonous lake. Founded by famous abbot Ennin, the temple worships the Jizo Bosatsu, the guardian of children.
Some photos from my Tohoku travel in Spring 2019.
Final post on my Michinoku Coastal Trail (Hachinohe Section) hike where I explored the Yodo-no-Matsubara (Yodo Pine Grove) and Tanesashi Natural Lawn.
Part 4 of my Michinoku Coastal Trail (Hachinohe Section) walk, where I passed through the Fukakubo Fishing Harbour Area, walked along Cape Tamurazaki, and marvelled at the sight of the Shiraiwa Rock.
Part 3 of my Michinoku Coastal Trail (Hachinohe Section) walk, exploring the floral shore – Nakasuka, and the singing beach – Osuka Beach.
Part 2 of my Michinoku Coastal Trail Walk (Hachinohe Section) where I headed to Ashigezaki Observatory.
Walking the Hachinohe Section of the 700km Michinoku Coastal Trail which runs along the Tohoku Pacific Coast. In this post, I cover the start of the trail to Kabushima Island known for being a breeding ground of black-tailed gulls, to Samekado Lighthouse.