Thank you for your kind words.
I’ve got a heartwarming message from our guest.
It took two months to reach him due to the postal problems.
Your words encourage me.
I really look forward to seeing you when the pandemic is over.
Tono is a rural town in the hills of central Iwate Prefecture in Tohoku region.
Here is best known as a repository of Japanese folklore due to its legends of spirits, animals and supernatural creatures.
Zashiki-warashi:It is said that they live in old houses and sometimes take the form of a child with bobbed hair.It is believed that families became wealthy, Zashiki-warashi lived in their homes.
Kappa : About the size of a child, they have a shell on their back, a dish on their head, webbed hands and feet, and a sharp, beak-like mouth. live in Japan’s numerous rivers and streams, were created as warnings to keep children from drowning. And a pond behind Jogen-ji Temple”Kappa-Buchi” is said to be the place be able to meet them.
Tono is a mountain village with mysterious atmosphere. Its rustic landscapes,traditional farming culture,traditional,thatched roofed farmhouses.Time rolls by slowly and peacefully here.
Today we head to the Hoheikyo dam, riding through the superb view route “Jozankei lake Line”.This route is very comfortable with no traffic lights or traffic jam.The fantastic landscapes continues, forest green mountains, dark blue lakes and colorful foliage leaves.
About one hour riding, we reach at the Hoheikyo Dam .It’s surrounded by forest and high mountains.it’s a must see! The views of the autumn leaves are spectacular.Hoheikyo Dam was voted as one of the top 100 waterside forests and is also one of the top 100 lake dams.And Hokkaido’s leading spot for autumn leaves.
I have enjoyed the early autumn leaves in Hokkaido. The magnificent natural landscape, delicious local meals and comfortable and homelike hotels and Ryokan Inns with Onsen.Especially meeting and riding with my friend in Hokkaido was fantastic. This inspection trip has finished successfully. We look forward to seeing you and riding with you in Hokkaido next year!!
Day 4 in Hokkaido Lake Shiokotsu to Otaru Today I started early in the morning.It’s so nice to ride along the lake Shikotsuko.
I headed to Yoichi Town to join the Nikka whisky factory tour .Yoichi is called “Japanese Scotland”. Nikka Whisky was build in 1934, Yoichi was the ideal place for Masataka Taketsuru’s whisky-making. He is the founder of Nikka and father of Japanese whisky. After the tour, I bought a lot of limited whiskeys at the shop by participating.
Then I rode along the Shakotan peninsula. It faces the Sea of Japan and has an amazing view with its unique color Shakotan blue.
Shakotan is also famous for the fresh raw seafood. I took Sushi lunch there.
From Iwanai town ,I headed to the Shinsen-numa Swamp by Niseko panorama line. It’s so nice to ride among the forest.Shinsen-numa Swamp is one of the best fall foliage in Hokkaido. The blue sky and the colored leaves reflected in the swamp was beautiful.