As I promised last week, here is the second part of my last trip to Japan.
After exploring the South for few days (I wrote about it in my previous post last week, here), we decide to head North, to try to spot some Autumn colours.
Morioka is the first stop. We catch the train all the way from Hiroshima to Morioka and we get to destination just before sunset. We start walking around: the ruins of the castle are really beautiful and from there you can also have an amazing view of the city.
We also go to visit this 700 years old Cherry Tree that, according to the legend, actually managed to perfectly split the rock below it.
We keep wandering and by accident we find out that the very same night we are in Morioka there is a local ramen festival. We don’t really know the details, but as soon as we see all the food stalls, we sort of don’t really need to know much else. 😛
Lake Towada and Oirase stream
Towada-Ko is is the largest crater lake in Honshū island, Japan. and one of the main Autumn colours destinations. We walk along the Oirase Stream, jumping on and off the bus until we get to lake Towada, where we have a delicious ramen in a little restaurant with a beautiful view. It’s windy, but the temperature is just perfect for the hike. The colours are amazing.
We meet this lovely couple on the JR Bus and we end up spending the day with them. 🙂
In the afternoon we catch the bus for Aomori. Turns out the route goes through a mountain pass and we actually get to see some snow!!!!!!!!!
We don’t get to see much of Aomori, but the view from the hotel is pretty good!
Next morning, we catch the Rapid train Resort Shirakami towards Akita. Final destination: Juniko.
The journey itself is already a destination: the train goes along the coast, revealing amazing views as we go (yes, even with the rain!).
Once we get to Juniko train station, we catch the local bus all the way inside this beautiful Valley of forests, lakes (33 in total) and canyons. It’s really amazing.
It’s a rainy day, which makes the forest even more magic. 🙂
Last day of the trip. For today we head towards Hokkaido and we stop for the day in the beautiful city of Hakodate.
As soon as we arrive, a must stop is the local fish market.
The highlight of the day is definitely the little hike up to Mt Hakodate. It’s so cold that it’s snowing a bit.
Very close to the top of the mountain there is a very old area with ruins from the II world war that is absolutely worth a visit.
As soon as the sun sets, it’s time to head to the train station: we head back to Tokyo for the very last night. Tomorrow we have a plane back home to catch.
Browsing through all these photos makes me even more impatient. I really can’t wait for the next trip!
During this past holiday we visited amazing places, experienced incredible weather changes, ate great food.
“One of the great things about travel is you find out how many good, kind people there are.”
We also met beautiful people, both locals and travelers: I’d like to say ‘Thank you’ to all of them. This trip was great because you were there, and I’m really thankful I got to meet you.