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I loved our trip to Five-colored Lakes and Abukuma Cave in Fukushima Prefecture, Japan.
Our trip to Abukuma Cave was magical and fun!
It was fun navigating inside the cave because we had to duck, stoop, and hunch down; side-step, and climb up to get through some low and narrow paths.
It was so adventurous that I felt like Indiana Jones.
The cave looks absolutely enchanting!
It reminds me Gyokusendo Cave in Okinawa World.
There is a certain cave light show spot.
That is the thing with going inside a cave, there’s that sense of exploration and adventure, and wonderment.
Abukuma Cave is currently the only limestone cave in Japan that is open to public.
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I went hiking again on a National Park here in Japan. This time it’s Bandai National Park.
Mount Bandai erupted in 1888 dropping mineral deposits to surrounding waters giving it different colors.
I’m not sure because it’s really more like two-and-a-half-to-three-and-a-half-colored lakes to me.
But don’t take my word for it as I am color-blind.
And there not only lakes but ponds as well.
We saw a natural koi pond.
This one is yellowish, cream, or muddy color.
The majority of the color is bluish green.
Love the sound of water flowing when hiking.
A bit of flowers on the trails.
This is a very easy hike…
… with lush greenery all around.
The end of the trail was when we hit the big lake some boats.
Don’t miss the koi with a heart-shaped marking on its side.
You may not noticed it, but it was actually raining that day.
It is more suggested to come visit this area during fall when the leaves change its colors as well as the lakes and ponds. It is said that the colors of the lakes and ponds depend on time of the day, the vegetation around, weather, and time of the year.
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This was supposed to be a festival. But I missed all the festival shows and activities because I took a detour elsewhere instead of going straight here. Oh well, I get to visit a flowery flowery place, which I haven’t done in a long time.
I have to say I’m a little surprise that this garden is in Tokyo.
Irises look weird to me.
Well, oddly beautiful, I should say.
There are other kinds of flowers in the garden as well as along the streets leading to it.
I’m not sure about this next one. It’s a bit questionable?
If you’re in Japan during this time of the year, make note of visiting an iris garden or witnessing an iris festival and see if it is right for you. Iris festivals and gardens are all over in Japan, so do your research on which area suits best. The exact location of this garden is Katsushika, one of the 23 special wards of Tokyo.
I won the photo contest again!
It’s my header photo which I took from my hike in Kamikochi.
I didn’t think they’d pick me again given I already won the previous month. I’m even prouder now knowing that the first win wasn’t just a one-time thing.
I probably won’t submit anything this month to give way for other people.
Now, moving on with Oze…
While Kamikochi is an easy, for nature beauty hike, Oze is a moderate to challenging, nature beauty hike.
Sorry folks, I only had a cellphone for taking pictures.
We took the Numayama Toge Pass with elevation of 1700 – 1770 meters.
We headed to the marsh areas where we missed the blooming of skunk cabbage.
It’s still pretty nonetheless.
Can you see the tiny people?
Then stopped at the visitor’s center to admire Lake Ozenuma and Mt. Hiuchigatake.
We then tackled a long walk looping around the lake.
And came back again to ascending hike of 1660 – 1770 meters, all the way up the starting point.
Oze National Park is the largest highland marsh in Japan. Oze is part of Gunma Prefecture.
Even though we missed the skunk cabbages and the sky was covered with clouds, it’s still a great way to explore nature’s beauty in Japan. Better this than sitting in my room, or doing my coursework ( Ooops😀 ). Plus, it really is a good leg work-out.😉
If you hear bells dinging from hikers’ bags, it’s not to annoy you. The bells are to avoid unexpected encounter with a bear during the hike through the dense forest. I told our hike guide that I wouldn’t mind having a meeting with a bear.😀
I am more than excited to blog about my first hike here in mainland Japan.
It is just so pretty!
Kamikochi in Nagano, Japan can definitely hold a candle to any other National Parks.
It is one itself, called Chubusangaku National Park, Kamikochi.
It’s “main attraction” is the Kappabashi Bridge.
We walked through dense forest.
Lush, lush, lush, lush, lush, lush, lush …
… lush, lush, lush, lush jungle.
It’s so pretty.
The walk to the bridge is about 45 minutes to an hour. Another extra hour to hour and a half to Myojin Lake.
And it is so pretty.
Nature at its grandest and finest!
My feet, once again, felt like Jello by the time we leave. Even then, I felt like wanting to stay so badly.
Good thing I am scheduled to another hike this month. I cannot wait, more so now that my expectation is so high!
Ow, I forgot to mention. Kamikochi is so darn pretty!
I was tagged by Rommel of The Sophomore Slump to do a 7-day Nature Photography Challenge. Of course, I’m breaking rules again. This is supposef to be done each day in one week but I’m just going to break down my pictures into 7 categories to gather it all up into just one super post. Actually, this is just my lame excuse to show some of my nature pics.😀
You got some scrolling to do. Just slow it down, and take it in.
Cloud and the Sky
Bodies of Water
I’m not even sorry for the photo overload.
Category Tag: Nature
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It’s a beautiful world!!!
Cherry Blossoms are everywhere here in Japan this time of the year. But where exactly are the best places to go in Japan to see cherry blossoms?
The margin in catching cherry blossoms in full bloom is quite delicate. It’s because cherry blossoms are … well … delicate.
They last only a week or two. Fragile as they are, wind and rain can end their stay abruptly.
They’re so pretty… but feeble. And their short existence even adds to their appeal.
Are you ready for more?😀
Takato Castle Ruins Park is one of the top three places for cherry blossoms viewing. The park is located in Nagano, about 60 km south of Matsumoto.
It boasts to have 1,500 cherry trees of pinkish Kohigan variety.
Fluffs and fluffs and fluffs of cherry blossoms were blanketing me that it felt like I was in heaven.
To make the most out of your visit to Takato, you have got to see this …
The caveat is that you need to do a bit of a hike up.
You will have to cross the bridge.
See more beautiful cherry blossoms along the way.
Hike up a bit.
And you’ll be blessed with a paradisaical surprise.
Cherry blossom is very well a reminder that life is beautiful but tragically short. That life is precious and precarious at the same.
And as the old adage goes … Live life to your fullest.