Last additions - FUKUSHIMA 福島県
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Fukushima Hanamiyama Park spring flowers May 15, 2012
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Nanohana rape blossoms. In the distance are gift shops.May 15, 2012
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Plants for sale.May 15, 2012
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Fukushima Hanamiyama Park spring flowers May 15, 2012
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Road back to the parking lot.May 15, 2012
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Irises for June.May 15, 2012
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Fukushima Hanamiyama Park spring flowers May 15, 2012
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Fukushima Hanamiyama Park spring flowers May 15, 2012
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Map of Hanamiyama Park. It's kind of hard to figure out.May 15, 2012
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The park include residential and farming areas so there are roads and areas off limits to tourists.May 15, 2012
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Local guides show you the flowers for free.May 15, 2012
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Fukushima Hanamiyama Park May 15, 2012
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Hanamiyama Park, Fukushima city.May 15, 2012
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Cherry blossoms past thir peak.May 15, 2012
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Hanamiyama Park, Fukushima city.May 15, 2012
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Although Hanamiyama Park is most famous for cherry blossoms (which past their peak when I visited), there are many other spring flowers as well.May 15, 2012
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About Hanamiyama Park.May 15, 2012
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From the bus stop, you walk a bit to Hanamiyama Park. Very pleasant walk.May 15, 2012
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It started in 1935 when local flower growers began planting flowers. In April 1959, it became Hanamiyama Park.May 15, 2012
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Hanamiyama Park is literally a Flower-Viewing Mountain Park famous for spring flowers especially cherry blossoms sprinkled on the mountainsides. May 15, 2012
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Before you go to Hanamiyama Park, you can leave your luggage here right next to the bus stop.May 15, 2012
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During April when the spring flowers are in bloom, a convenient shuttle bus runs from JR Fukushima Station to Hanamiyama Park. A short bus ride.May 15, 2012
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Sample rock foundation unearthed from the Niwa clan's residence.May 15, 2012
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Soseki foundation rock in front of Nihonmatsu History Museum 二本松市歴史資料館May 15, 2012
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Nihonmatsu History Museum 二本松市歴史資料館May 15, 2012
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Nihonmatsu History Museum 二本松市歴史資料館May 15, 2012
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Site of Nihonmatsu Castle's Otemon Gate.May 15, 2012
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Portrait studio in Nihonmatsu.May 15, 2012
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Nihonmatsu is proud of its lantern float festival in autumn.May 15, 2012
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Nihonmatsu ShrineMay 15, 2012
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Nihonmatsu ShrineMay 15, 2012
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About Nihonmatsu Shrine.May 15, 2012
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Nihonmatsu Shrine is near Nihonmatsu Station.May 15, 2012
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Nihonmatsu manhole, Fukushima Pref.May 15, 2012
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Shuttle busMay 15, 2012
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Nihonmatsu Kanko (Tourist) Center has statues of the Nihonmatsu Shonentai.May 15, 2012
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Nihonmatsu Kanko (Tourist) Center across the street from Dairinji temple is a gift shop, restaurant, and tourist office.May 15, 2012
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Kannon statueMay 15, 2012
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About the Graves of the Nihonmatsu Shonentai teenage samurai at Dairinji temple.May 15, 2012
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Graves of the Nihonmatsu Shonentai teenage samurai at Dairinji temple.May 15, 2012
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Graves of the Nihonmatsu Shonentai teenage samurai at Dairinji temple.May 15, 2012
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Graves of the Nihonmatsu Shonentai teenage samurai at Dairinji temple.May 15, 2012
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Dairinji temple.May 15, 2012
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Map of Dairinji temple.May 15, 2012
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Dairinji temple.May 15, 2012
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Dairinji temple's weeping cherry tree.May 15, 2012
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Dairinji temple's weeping cherry tree.May 15, 2012
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Dairinji temple's weeping cherry tree.May 15, 2012
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Dairinji temple's weeping cherry tree.May 15, 2012
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Dairinji Hondo Hall.May 15, 2012
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About Dairinji temple.May 15, 2012
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Dairinji temple is the temple for the Niwa Clan who lived in Nihonmatsu Castle. 大隣寺May 15, 2012
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Dairinji temple 大隣寺May 15, 2012
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After Nihonmatsu Castle, I got off the bus at Dairinji temple, noted for a weeping cherry tree and the graves of the Nihonmatsu Shonentai teenage samurai.May 15, 2012
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After visiting this home, I went to Nihonmatsu Castle (photos here).May 15, 2012
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Signature under the samisen.May 15, 2012
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About Poet Takamura Chieko's birth home. 高村 智恵子May 15, 2012
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Samisen played by Chieko.May 15, 2012
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Inside poet Takamura Chieko's birth home.May 15, 2012
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Poet Takamura Chieko's birth home.May 15, 2012
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Japanese garden at poet Takamura Chieko's birth home. 高村 智恵子May 15, 2012
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Small modern museum next to Poet Takamura Chieko's birth home. Exhibits art works by her and her husband Takamura Kotaro.May 15, 2012
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Poet Takamura Chieko's birth home. 高村 智恵子May 15, 2012
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Poet Takamura Chieko's birth home. 高村 智恵子May 15, 2012
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Poet Takamura Chieko's birth home. 高村 智恵子May 15, 2012
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Nihonmatsu manhole, Fukushima Pref.May 15, 2012
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First I got off to see poet Takamura Chieko's birth home.May 15, 2012
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On April weekends and national holidays during cherry blossom season, a convenient shuttle bus runs from Nihonmatsu Station and goes to the major sights. 500 yen for all day pass.May 15, 2012
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In front of JR Nihonmatsu Station is a bus stop.May 15, 2012
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JR Nihonmatsu Station.May 15, 2012
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Statue of the Nihonmatsu Shonentai Teenage Corps who fought and died in the Boshin War, in front of Nihonmatsu Station, Fukushima.May 15, 2012
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JR Nihonmatsu Station has a castle design and statue of a teenage samurai.May 15, 2012
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JR Nihonmatsu Station platform.May 15, 2012
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JR Nihonmatsu Station platform.May 15, 2012
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Cherry blossom petals fall in the wind.May 15, 2012
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About the Poetry monument for Takamura Chieko. 高村 智恵子May 15, 2012
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Poetry monument for poet Takamura Chieko (1886-1938). 高村 智恵子May 15, 2012
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Many cherry trees in front of the Monument for the Nihonmatsu Shōnentai.May 15, 2012
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Monument for the Nihonmatsu Shōnentai (二本松少年隊) or the Nihonmatsu Teenage Corps who fought and died in the Boshin War.May 15, 2012
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About the Monument.May 15, 2012
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Monument for the Nihonmatsu Shōnentai (二本松少年隊) or the Nihonmatsu Teenage Corps who fought and died in the Boshin War.May 15, 2012
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Monument for the Nihonmatsu Shōnentai (二本松少年隊) or the Nihonmatsu Teenage Corps who fought and died in the Boshin War.May 15, 2012
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Monument for the Nihonmatsu Shōnentai (二本松少年隊) or the Nihonmatsu Teenage Corps who fought and died in the Boshin War.May 15, 2012
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Marvelous views of cherry blossoms from Nihonmatsu Castle's Honmaru.May 15, 2012
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Marvelous views of cherry blossoms from Nihonmatsu Castle's Honmaru.May 15, 2012
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View of the mountains.May 15, 2012
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Scenery guide on the stone foundation of Nihonmatsu Castle's central tower or donjon.May 15, 2012
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Stone foundation of the central tower or donjon.May 15, 2012
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Stone foundation of the central tower or donjon.May 15, 2012
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The city of Nihonmatsu as seen from Nihonmatsu Castle.May 15, 2012
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Marvelous views from Nihonmatsu Castle's Honmaru.May 15, 2012
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Panorama of Nihonmatsu Castle's Honmaru.May 15, 2012
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Way up to the Honmaru.May 15, 2012
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Going to the top of the Honmaru stone foundation.May 15, 2012
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Nihonmatsu Castle's old stone wall originally built by Gamo Ujisato.May 15, 2012
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Nihonmatsu Castle's old stone wall originally built by Gamo Ujisato.May 15, 2012
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About Nihonmatsu Castle's old stone wall originally built by Gamo Ujisato.May 15, 2012
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Nihonmatsu Castle's old stone wall originally built by Gamo Ujisato.May 15, 2012
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About the marker for the Kasumigajo Castle built in 1953.May 15, 2012
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Marker for the Kasumigajo Castle built in 1953.May 15, 2012
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Finally at the Honmaru.May 15, 2012
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So I took my chances and quickly went up the stairs. Yes, there were signs of a mud slide. I had come all the way here from Tokyo.May 15, 2012
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Steps going to the Honmaru. I noticed that people still were going up to the Honmaru.May 15, 2012
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From Karamete-mon Gate are these steps going to the hilltop Honmaru. This was also closed off to visitors due to mudslide.May 15, 2012
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About Karamete-mon Gate.May 15, 2012
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View from atop Karamete-mon Gate.May 15, 2012
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Hilltop Honmaru stone foundation.May 15, 2012
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Steps going up to the top Honmaru keep, but it was roped off since it was deemed hazardous due to rock slides. There was no such warning before you climb up here.May 15, 2012
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Small shrine in front of Hikage Well in Nihonmatsu Castle, one of Japan's Three Famous Wells. 日影の井戸May 15, 2012
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About Hikage Well in Nihonmatsu Castle, one of Japan's Three Famous Wells. 日影の井戸May 15, 2012
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Hikage Well in Nihonmatsu Castle, one of Japan's Three Famous Wells. It is 16 meters deep. 日影の井戸May 15, 2012
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Hikage Well in Nihonmatsu Castle, one of Japan's Three Famous Wells. 日影の井戸May 15, 2012
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Path covered with wood chips. No smoking here.May 15, 2012
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Part of the path is covered with wood chips.May 15, 2012
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