October 14, 2008

Mt. Motoshirane, Kusatsu (October 11th - 13th)

Yugama Caldera.

On the second day of the trip in Kusatsu, we went to see the caldera and hike up to Mt. Motoshirane. We took a bus from the busstop near the Youth Hostel, where we stayed.
It was fall color season, so there was a traffic jam up to the rest house near the caldera.
From there, we went to Mt. Motoshirane. The view was amazing, and we saw some smoke coming from the top of Mt. Asama. On the way to there we found lots of blueberries and cowberries, too.

A long line of people coming up to see the caldera.

Vaccinium uliginosum var. japonicum (Kuromame-no-ki)
It tastes pretty good.

Gaultheria miqueliana (Shiratama-no-ki)

Chamaepericlymenum canadense (Gozen-tachibana)

Maianthemum dilatatum (Maizuru-sou)

Empetrum nigrum var. japonicum (Gankouran)

Vaccinium vitis-idaea (Kokemomo)
It tasted pretty good, too.

Some leaves of Dicentra peregrina (Komakusa) still left.

The trail on the way to the summit of Mt. Motoshirane.

Mt. Asama from the top of Mt. Motoshirane.

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