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Adatarayama

Adatarayama (Mt Adatara) is a 1700 metre high volcano west of Fukushima in Nihonmatsu. There is a lovely onsen (hot spring) town called Dake nearby. The mountain is popular for skiing in winter and hiking in the summer. We picked a hot and sunny day (maximum temperature of 35 degrees!) to make the climb. It...Read More

Oze National Park: Buna Daira

We visited the Oze National Park recently, and visited many parts of the park including Mt Taishaku which I have already posted about. The subject of todays post is the lush green forests in the area known as “Buna daira”. “Buna” is the Japanese beech tree (Fagus crenata), and a daira is a flatland. The...Read More

Waterfalls of Fukushima: Renge Falls

Renge Falls is found at the end of a very narrow and windy road in the mountains around Moniwa in northern Fukushima. There is a somewhat overgrown parking area and a rickety old temple, and the walk to the waterfalls is a short 10 minutes or so on a fairly flat track. As with almost...Read More

Tohoku Rokkonsai Festival. Fukushima June 2013

Japan is famous for its summer festivals and every prefecture has its own unique one. Since the earthquake and tsunami of March 2011, the six northern prefectures (Fukushima, Yamagata, Miyagi, Iwate, Akita and Aomori) have started holding all 6 prefectural festivals in one city, in an event known as Rokkonsai. In summer 2011 , the first...Read More

Japan Earthquakes 2011 Animated Graphic

I found this fascinating animated graphic which shows the date and the magnitude of each and every earthquake that was felt across Japan last year. It’s all fairly unremarkable right up until around March 9 when a few big ones hit off the north east coast, and then the big one hits on March 11 which triggers the massive tsunami and thousands...Read More

Japan 2009

Back in Tas, 5 weeks in Japan has come and gone…As well as our personal travels, there were quite a few news stories that made the trip interesting – firstly, the great Momo (peach) crisis of 2009 in Fukushima. The rainy season basically didn’t end this year, and summer was “cancelled” in northern Japan. This meant...Read More