January 16, 2010
Katsunuma Budou-kyou, Isawa Onsen and Yamanashi-shi, Yamanashi
Lots of vineyard around this area.
We went to Yamanashi prefecture this weekend.
First we stopped by the Katsunuma Budou-kyou Sta. and walked around for a while. We saw some snowy mountains far away and the Kofu Basin.
Here are some pictures taken at Katsunuma.
Opuntia sp. (Prickly pears).
Some rape flowers were blooming already.
The Kofu Basin.
The Kofu Basin.
Lamium amplexicaule (Hotokenoza).
We found some veronica flowers, too.
Here are some pictures taken at Isawa Onsen area, where our YH is located.
There are quite a few hotels and inns around there, but it seemed not many things to see...
After the sunset, by the river.
Horse meat Sashimi.
Houtou noodles. One of the local dish in Yamanashi.
It tasted pretty good. I like the flavour of Miso.
We got up at 4:30 AM and took the first train from Isawa Onsen Sta. to Yamanashi-shi Sta.
We expected to get a taxi from there pretty easily, but there were no taxi or anything in front of the station at that time of the day. I finally managed to call a taxi company and get a taxi to go to Hottarakashi Onsen (hot spring) before the sunrise. Here are the pictures taken there and on the way back to the Yamanashi-shi Sta.
We arrived there around 5:45 AM.
Here is the entrance of the hot spring.
The sky was getting pretty bright.
We could see Mt. Fuji clearly!
Lots of people were already there and waiting for the sunrise.
After the sunrise.
It felt great to bathe after waiting for the taxi in the coldness... It was -5℃ or so this morning.
We had breakfast with looking Mt. Fuji after bathing.
We found a few cute cats at the hot spring.
A bird's nest.
Phoenicurus auroreus (Joubitaki, Daurian Redstart).
There were lots of smokes coming out of the ground.
Lots of farmers were cutting the branches of the grapes or peaches and burning them down at the Kofu Basin.
Peach trees were everywhere. It must be pretty in spring with peach blossoms.
A peach tree.
We found a plum tree with pink blossoms blooming already.