Nagatoro Hiking

My wife and I went to Nagatoro for a nice hiking yesterday.  It was a beautiful day and we thoroughly enjoyed the gorgeous autumn view from atop Mt. Hodosan and the famous gorge.

Hodosan Ropeway Station.

The ropeway car.

The view from the Hodosan Peak Station.

Crazy cherry blossom again.

Oku-no-in (Inner Building) of Hodosan Jinja Shrine at the top of the mountain.

The shrine is surrounded by Japanese cedar trees.

 Beautiful Japanese maple leaves.

Another view from a trail coming down from the mountain.

Beautiful yellow leaves.

The trail looked like this.

We then went down to the gorge - here are Kayakers.

The area was beautiful.

River cruise boats.

There were some rapids.

This area is called Iwadatami (Rock Tatami)

Many people were out enjoying the beautiful autumn day.

Scenes From Recent Runs

It is now definitely autumn here in Tokyo.  Colors of leaves are beautiful - many had fallen actually.  I am posting photos from my recent runs close from my home.

Saturday before last:
Pokemon Go? - by Inokashira Park.

Cute little fruits.

Sakura blossom out of season and coloring leaves.

The next day - it was a beautiful day:

Inokashira Pond.

Families on a pedestrian bridge over the train tracks by Mitaka Station.

A farmer tending the onion field.

A fun activity by Musashino City Hall.

The sun in the tree branches at Seikei University.

Early last Wednesday morning:

The intersection of Inokashira dori and Kanpachi.

Inokashira Pond seen from Hyotanbashi Bridge - it was raining.

Last Saturday:

Nobody at a playground in Inokashira.

Children at play at Nishi En.

A beautiful leaves - Jindaiji.

A daikon field.

Fallen leaves close from Mitakadai Station.

Inokashira Koen Station - high school students were leaving.

A row boat and beautiful leaves at Inokashira Pond.


A Nice Morning Run in Fukushima

I could go for a nice run in Fukushima.  The weather was not as bad as the forecast said yesterday - when I started a bit before 6:00 am, it was 11 degrees Celsius.

A loca Kasuga Shrine.

It had a huge sacred cedar tree.

A pretty view.

It was getting pretty hilly on the eastern side of the city.

I made it to Hanami Yama Park, but it was closed.

The map of the park - must be very pretty in spring.

A field near Hanami Yama.

Beautiful leaves of Fukushima Inari Shrine.

A charming little street.

A Self Defense Force recruitment.

A monument on the western side of the station.


A Run in Sayama Area

I took trains to Sayama Area today to do my run this morning.  The weather was gorgeous and I truly enjoyed the run.

Sayama Fudoson entrance.

One of the padodas of the temple.

Looking at the lake - could see Mt. Fuji far away.

Kurosuke House - unfortunately, it was closed.

The marking is Totoro.

The area is famous for tea.

Melons are always grown.

A panorama photo of the area.

Kindergarten children taking a walk.



Beautiful changing colors of leaves.

A big spider's web.

A trail of the area.

Another view of the lake - the white thing on the right is the dome.

The entrance to the amusement park.

It sure was a nice run!