Wednesday, November 10, 2010

Autumn in Nasu - 那須の紅葉


My wife's travel friends were to gather in one of the members’ house in Nasu, and I decided to join as part of our 2-day trip to watch autumn colors in Nasu. We luckily found a bargain package of lodging in a tour agent's site that was located next to Nasu Highland Amusement Park. The Pure Cottage (photo 1) was quite satisfying, much more so than our expectation, with 2 bedrooms and a living room with kitchenette, a perfect facility for family tourism, and the entry to the amusement park is waved. The hot springs water was mild in sand color and it contained radon. For the dinner, we chose the Japanese menu, and it was right. They wisely avoided exotic ingredients but prepared very delicious dishes of a Kaiseki course, and considering the overall package price, we could only praise their effort.

We were wondering how this year's autumn leaves look like after the record-breaking hot summer, but we saw some trees with astoundingly red color to amuse our eyes. We had a long walk along the streets of quiet weekend houses up to the area called Forest Hills developed by Tokyo Tatemono (photos 2 & 3).

The following day, we drove all the way of Shiobara hot springs end to end including Momijidani (photo 4), but the mountains looked as if baked more brownish than reddish perhaps because of too hot summer or the best timing comes late this year. As for the red leaves, the road from Minamigaoka Farm to Safari Park in Nasu was more impressive and also no slow traffic.

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