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Bird's eye view of Shirakawa-go from Ogimachi Castle ruins.
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Side view of Wada-ke House
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Path to Wada House entrance
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Close-up of Ogimachi
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Main house on left and latrine on right with large vats to gather fertilizer.
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Main house with a recently rethatched roof, making it look very smooth.
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Shirakawa-go 白川郷
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Wada House, Shirakawa-go
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Gable openings let light and air come through the attic to foster silkworms.
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A small stream beside the house helps to melt the snow falling off the roof.
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Underside of roof made of an A-frame truss structure
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The thatched roof is replaced every 30 years. Every spring, 6 or 7 thatched roofs are replaced in Shirakawa-go.
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Omatsuri is actually a place name. The small settlement has a lodge and restaurant.
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Bus to Taba. The bus runs from Okutama Station in Tokyo. It is the only public transportation link with the village.
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Bus going to Hinohara from Musashi-Itsukaichi Station. Takes 30 min.
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Area around entrance to Hossawa Falls
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Bus stop for Kichijoji Falls near central Hinohara.
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The bottom ends of these beams are pegged into a point (komajiri) resting on another cross beam. Wada House, Shirakawa-go
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It costs several million yen and a small army of workers to replace the thatch. The cost is subsidized by the town, prefecture, and national government.
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Where silkworms were raised to make silk cocoons.
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Omatsuri bus stop for Okutama.
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I was in Okutama and noticed that the bus goes on to Tabayama village in neighboring Yamanashi. I got really curious and rode the bus to Tabayama. This is central Tabayama.
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Entrance to Hossawa Falls (free admission)
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To Kichijoji Falls
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Welcome to Hinohara village.
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Omatsuri bus stop for Taba.
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When I walked around, my planned 20-min. stay turned into a 2-hour walking tour of this pacifying place, full of mountains and a clear river. A delightful discovery. Suigen Park
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Signboard showing Hinohara's waterfalls
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Explanation sign
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Hinohara Village Office. For a small village, this is a grand building. 檜原村役場
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Slats on the attic floor to enable smoke and soot from the hearth to reach the attic.
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On the side of the road near the bus stop, there is a trail going down to Tama River.
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Completely surrounded by mountains with a clear river running in the middle.
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Trail to Hossawa Falls
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Down to Kichijoji Falls, right next to the highway.
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Drawing of Hinohara Castle
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Straw rope tie the large beams to form a truss for the roof.
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Shirakawa-go 白川郷
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A suspension bridge over the river.
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A few bridges span the river.
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Trail to Hossawa Falls
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Gorge
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Inside Hinohara Village Office
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Another rope made of a crushed tree branch to tie smaller beams. It tightens as it dries.
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Photo gallery
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Tama River as seen from the bridge.
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Trail to Hossawa Falls is very lush
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Downstream of falls
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Hinohara Village Office has a coffee shop.
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Tama River
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Tama River, looks very inviting in summer.
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Beware of falling rocks
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Akikawa River below Kichijoji Falls, Hinohara, Tokyo
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Made in Hinohara, displayed in the coffee shop.
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Implements to raise silkworms.
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Restaurant
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Rethatching a small storehouse.
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Tama River, very quiet and peaceful.
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Upriver as seen from the bridge.
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It's a short trail, but very nature-rich
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Kichijoji Falls 吉祥寺滝
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Jam made in Hinohara.
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Foundation and pillars rest on stones. The beam is shaped to fit the stone.
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Crystal clear water of Tama River
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Kichijoji Falls 吉祥寺滝
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The Village Office and coffee shop has a great view of the river.
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Two foundation beams interlock.
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Crystal clear water of Tama River with fall leaves.
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Small river below, fed by the waterfall
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Kichijoji Falls 吉祥寺滝
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Hinohara village manhole
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Thatch repair work.
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Trout fishing ponds for customers in warmer months.
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Monuments
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Hinohara Village Tourist Info Office
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These photos were taken in Feb. Probably scenic in fall.
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Riverside fishing ponds
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This is not the waterfall.
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Upstream Kichijoji Falls
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Inside Hinohara Village Tourist Info Office
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Mountain with a patch of green.
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Path to Otaki Waterfalls 雄滝
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Picnic pavilion near the waterfall.
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Kichijoji Falls consist of three small waterfalls. Hinohara, Tokyo 吉祥寺滝
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Main intersection in central Hinohara
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Bus stop. Notice the monkey crossing the road.
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Waterwheel 水車
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Sign in English explaining the rules (take home your trash, don't dirty the water, etc.)
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Kichijoji Falls, Hinohara, Tokyo
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There were many hikers on the bus, and I wondered where they were going, so I followed them.
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Finally, a sign of the waterfall.
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Also see the video at YouTube.
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Central Hinohara called Honshuku 本宿
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Tourist Information Office in the center of town.
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Numerous monkey poop along the road.
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Waterwwheel (not working)
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There it is. Notice the smaller falls at the top.
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Bus from Musashi-Itsukaichi Station.
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Tourist Information Office
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Restroom behind the Tourist Information Office
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Trail to waterfalls
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Hossawa Falls, Hinohara, Tokyo
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Upstream Akikawa River from the waterfalls
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Akikawa River
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Cooling system
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Pretty scenic area.
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When I was walking here, I did not know there was a waterfall.
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Base of Hossawa Falls
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Highway next to Kichijoji Falls
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Akikawa River
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The area is part of the Chichibu-Tama National Park.
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Path from above.
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Hossawa Falls
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Down to another scenic point near Kichijoji Falls
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Banner at souvenir shop
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Parking lot along the main road through the village.
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Trail to Mt. Kumotori, Tokyo's tallest mountain. That's where the hikers were headed.
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Hossawa Falls
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Gorge near Kichijoji Falls
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Farewell to Hinohara
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Deai Bridge crossing the Shokawa River.
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Trail to Mt. Kumotori
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Waterfalls
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Ice crystals and running water. Normally, the Hossawa waterfall freezes over in winter.
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Crystal-clear water
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Tama River
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Otaki Waterfall
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Ice crystals on rocks
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Akikawa River
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Deai Bridge
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By coincidence, I found this man-made waterfall.
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An observation deck is also provided.
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Hossawa Falls, Hinohara, Tokyo
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To Nakayama Falls 中山の滝
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Shokawa River
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Tourist Info Office near the bus stop.
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View from the observation deck
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Also see the video at YouTube.
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Nakayama Falls as seen from the road. 中山の滝
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Entrance to the Gassho-zukuri Minka-en outdoor museum.
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Waterfall
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Hossawa Falls is one of Japan's 100 Famous Falls. 日本の滝百選
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Nakayama Falls as seen from the road. 中山の滝
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Gassho-zukuri Minka-en outdoor museum
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The waterfall is actually a series of four falls, only two of which can be seen.
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Nakayama Falls 中山の滝
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Gassho-zukuri Minka-en outdoor museum
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Total height of the falls is 60 meters, from the top falls not visible.
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Gassho-zukuri minka houses slated for destruction were moved to this outdoor museum and saved.
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Fishing pond
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Monument saying "Thanks you for the pure water."
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Riverside picnic pavilions
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Trail back to the entrance
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Picnic pavilion with charcoal grill (for the fish caught).
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Made in Hinohara, konnyaku
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Outdoor stage
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Bridge with waterfall motif
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Tennis courts with snow.
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Akikawa River near the waterfall entrance
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Fire hydrant
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Fishing ponds
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Akikawa River
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Manhole in Shirakawa-go.
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Camping bungalows
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Akikawa River
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Shirakawa Village Office
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Dam reservoir
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Camping bungalows along the river. For warmer months.
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Akikawa River
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Mihoro Dam, made only of rocks and clay. 131 meters high, 405 meters long.
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Glorious Tama River
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Honshuku, center of Hinohara
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Scarecrow
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Scarecrow
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Roadside waterwell
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Rowboats for rent at Bishamon-numa Pond. 毘沙門沼
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Taba bus stop
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Taba bus garage
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Colorful koi carp fish in Bishamon-numa Pond, Fukushima Pref. 毘沙門沼Bandai-Asahi National Park
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Taba bus stop and bus garage
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Bishamon-numa Pond, Fukushima Pref. Bandai-Asahi National Park 毘沙門沼
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Bus to Okutama, Tokyo
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The color of the water is stunningly beautiful.
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Nature trail to other ponds.
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Benten-numa Pond. 弁天沼
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Benten-numa Pond, maximum depth 6 meters. 弁天沼Bandai-Asahi National Park
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Aonuma Pond 青沼
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Inawashiro Station 猪苗代駅
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Adjacent to the Dotaku Museum is a replica of a Yayoi Period village. Yayoi Period (500 BC to 300 AD) is noted as when rice growing started in Japan.
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These ancient abode were pretty much a hole in the ground with a roof over it.
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Inside a Yayoi-Period grass shack.
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The ceiling has square beams.
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Some pots inside a hut.
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It would be a matter of time before walls were constructed below the roof.
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