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

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.

Autumn night around the castle ruins in MoriokaView of Morioka, Japan from the Castle's ruinsCherry tree 400years old in Morioka, Japan

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.

Morioka night market Morioka traditional noodlesMorioka Ramen noodle festival by night

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.

Hiking along the Oirase stream, towards lake Towada with Katmandu brand Voltai 40liters backpackChoshi Ootaki Waterfall, Oirase Gorge, Japan, copyright Erika's Way Photography Kuomintang waterfall, Oirase stream, Japan along the Oirase Stream, Japan Amazing Autumn Colours along the Oirase stream ©Erika's Way PhotographyOirase stream, lake Towada copyright Erika's Way PhotographyRiver along Oirase stream Japanese ramen Oirase stream Japanese couple traveling through Japan

We meet this lovely couple on the JR Bus and we end up spending the day with them. 🙂

Snow in Japan

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!!!!!!!!!

View of the Bridge in Aomori View of Aomori from the hotel

We don’t get to see much of Aomori, but the view from the hotel is pretty good!

Juniko

Next morning, we catch the Rapid train Resort Shirakami towards Akita. Final destination: Juniko.

Stunning view from the resort Shirakami rapid train Japan seaview from the train from Aomori towards Juniko Autumn rain in Japan

The journey itself is already a destination: the train goes along the coast, revealing amazing views as we go (yes, even with the rain!).

Beautiful birds sculptures in Juniko, Japan

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.

14-days-in-japan-2016-290Stunning autumn views in Juniko Autumn in Juniko Juniko Autumn colours Walking path in the forest in JunikoAutumn colours in Juniko, Japan

It’s a rainy day, which makes the forest even more magic. 🙂

Hakodate

Last day of the trip. For today we head towards Hokkaido and we stop for the day in the beautiful city of Hakodate.

At the fish market in Hakodate, Japan

As soon as we arrive, a must stop is the local fish market.

Autumn leaves in japan Autumn colour leaves Crow on a branchView from mt Hakodate, Japan

The highlight of the day is definitely the little hike up to Mt Hakodate. It’s so cold that it’s snowing a bit. First autumn snow in Hakodate Hakodate, Japan, view of the city from mt Hakodate Ruins from World War II battery in mt Hakodate, Japan

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.

hakodate roman catholic church Japanese lady and Japanese cat at a crossing in Hakodate, Hokkaido, JapanNight lights at the tram stop in Hakodate, Hokkaido, Japan

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.”
Edith Wharton

 

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.

🙂