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Goshikinuma

On the Urabandai Goshiki-numa Trail

We take a hike along the Goshiki-numa trail in Bandai-Asahi National Park, that runs along five mysterious ponds each with its own tinge of blue water. These ponds were created by the lava from the eruption of Mt. Bandai in 1888, where one can witness the volcanic minerals dissolving in the water, imparting each pond with its own shade of color ranging from green to whitish blue.

Today we go for a hike along the Goshiki-numa trail in Bandai-Asahi National Park, that runs along five gorgeous ponds These ponds were created by the eruption of Mt Bandai in 1888, after which the volcanic minerals dissolved in the water, imparting each pond with its own shade of color ranging from green to whitish blue We were staying in Aizu-Wakamatsu and spent the previous evening enjoying a most lovely evening at Tsuruga Castle grounds We rose up early to catch the local train on the Ban-Etsusai Line and reached Inawashiro Station at around 9 am It takes about half an hour to reach Inawashiro from Aizu-Wakamatsu and the ride is free for
Tsuruga Castle

The Tsuruga Castle

We take a walk to the Tsuruga Castle in Aizu Wakamatsu, a city where the influences of samurai remain strong even today. The five storied impregnable fortress and castle tower that stands today is a replica reconstructed in 1965, based on photographs and historical documents of the preceding Kurokawa Castle, built in 1384.

We take a walk to the Tsuruga Castle in Aizu Wakamatsu, a city where the influences of samurai remain strong even today The five storied impregnable fortress and castle tower that stands today is a replica reconstructed in 1965, based on photographs and historical documents of the preceding Kurokawa Castle, built in 1384 Catching the train to Aizu-wakamatsu Catching the Rapid Local to Aizu-Wakamatsu Statue of young Byakkutai warriors in front of Aizu-wakamatsu station Statue of young Byakkutai warriors in front of Aizu-wakamatsu station Akabeko, the legendary cow from the Aizu region of Japan Akabeko, the legendary cow from the Aizu region of Japan After dropping our

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