Kakunodate, Nyuto Onsen Hot Spring, Zuihoden
Trip Start Apr 02, 2006
49Trip End May 17, 2008
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Anyway, when I reached Kakunodate, I had only 70 minutes to spend there. Actually, I had only one thing to do in mind: a stroll in Samurai House Street
from the station and there was no bus available. Kakunodate Samurai House Street is famous for its weeping cherry trees, so the best season to visit there is the cherry blossom season. I expected a different taste from Kakunodate: a black and white street view after a snowfall. I saw a picture of the street under the condition, being so impressed that I decided to come to Kakunodate. Unfortunately, it rained on the day before, so there was not much piled snow left along the street. After I strolled and took some pictures on the street for half an hour, I headed back to the station.
Then I took a train to Tazawako, or Lake Tazawa. The lake is the deepest of Japan at 423.4 meters, but it was not attractive to me. In fact, my destination was Tsurunoyu Inn of Nyuto Onsen Hot Spring Resort. I thought that I had to walk on a snow-covered trail from the bus stop Nuyuto-Onsen-mae until I talked to a tourist information staff girl. She told me to call the inn before I took a bus so that I could get a pick-up service of the inn at the bus stop Alpa Komakusa. The bus was scheduled to depart in a few minutes, so I made a call immediately and hop on the bus. At Alpa Komakusa, eight guests got on a minibus from the inn, but another five had to wait for the next one. On my way to the inn, I thought Nyuto Onsen was bona-fide hidden hot spring, because it was located deep in the snow-covered mountains of Akita (a rustic prefecture)
At Tazawako Station, I took the Shinkansen super-express train to Sendai. I always choose a budget mode of transportation, but this time I had no choice but to take it. That was because the local train was not available between 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. at Tazawako. I mistakenly supposed that I lived in the country, but five or six local trains per hour stop at my nearest train station. Compared with Tazawako, it is obvious that I live in a developed town. Anyway, as soon as I arrived at Sendai Station, I left for Zuihoden Mausoleum
After that, I headed for Tokyo. That was not because I intended to make a tour of Tokyo, but because I had to take a bus to Nagoya from Tokyo to make it to work on the next day.... It was a tight schedule. Of course, I had a choice to take the Shinkansen to Nagoya by way of Tokyo, but I didn't take it, because I was a budget backpacker....
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*The Great Eastern Japan Earthquake hit Tohoku Region on March 11, two weeks after my visit to Sendai. It was the largest earthquake Japan had ever experienced with magnitude 9.0, causing more than 10 meter high tunami. Over 25,000 people were dead or unaccounted for as of the beginning of May. At the site of Zuihoden, more than 100 stone lanterns were toppled and some stone walls were also damaged by the tsunami caused by the earthquake. I was lucky that I was not there at that time. May the victims rest in peace...