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Fuden Pass

Fu-den oroshi is the Japanese term for katabatic winds that blow in the southern part of Mie

Prefecture. These downslope winds come in the fall and last through spring. Winds blow when

the air is colder on the mountain surface than the surrounding air, usually in the morning in fair weather. First, a large blanket of fog covers the mountain ridge before dawn. The fog drops really fast, at times tipping down to the village while causing serious atmospheric changes. And then the winds come. The fog continues to drift for several hours. If you want to capture this natural phenomenon on camera, try using long exposure and set it for 10 seconds to get a closer perspective. Experiencing the real thing will be a moving experience, much more than what the photograph can show.

風伝卸是形容吹過三重縣東南部之下降風的日語名稱。這些下坡風起於秋天並且會持續到春天。當山體表面空氣比周遭空氣寒冷時便會起風,通常發生在良好天氣的清晨。首先是在黎明之前,會有一大片霧氣覆蓋著山脊。霧氣沉降的非常之快,有時往下傾洩到村落,從而導致嚴重的大氣變化。然後風勢隨之而起。霧氣會持續漂移達幾個小時。如果您想用相機拍下這一自然現象,試著使用長時間曝光並將時間設為 10 秒,以取得更近的視野。體驗實景會是一場動人的體驗,遠超過照片所展現的。

 風伝おろしとは、秋から春にかけて、三重県南部の風伝峠に吹きおろす風のことだ。晴天の朝であっても、晴れの気象条件だけで見られる現象ではないようだ。 僕は数日間、この光景を見ようと待っていた。当日、夜明け前に山の稜線を眺めると、大きな霧に包まれていて、そこからものすごい速さで霧がおりていた。状況は刻々と変化し、里にまで届くほど霧が長くなる時もあり、周囲には強風が吹いた。これまで目にしたことのない激しい自然現象だ。カメラを構えて、10 秒間と長い露光をかけた撮影で、霧の動きを流して、臨場感を表すように写した。朝の数時間にわたって、霧が動いていた。熊野古道の峠から朝霧が下りてくる光景は、神秘性も感じられる。写真ではなく、自分の目で見て肌で感じられると、感動も違うだろう。

To see the katabatic winds, take the Kumano Kodo Seiryusosen bus line from JR Kumano-shi train station for a 30-minute ride to Takachira bus stop. The Oroshi district is a 10-minute walk.

About Fuden Pass →  Fuden Pass trail route  


Kumano Kodo

Kumano Kodo is a network of old pilgrimage roads. Through the mountains or by the sea, the pilgrimage routes spread in several directions. Nakahechi is one of the more popular routes taken by pilgrims and tourists. Around the Toganoki Chaya, the same views from years past remain brilliantly unchanged. Fall foliage is at its peak in November, when sunlight filters through the multi-colored leaves to start the day. Someone was walking his dog early; a Kishu, an ancient local breed. Ohayo gozaimasu! The morning greeting is always crisp and clear, automatically launching into conversation. The visitor can quickly feel welcome and comfortable deep in the mountains of the Kinki region, where historical Japanese style homes and a traditional lifestyle are proud marks of endurance.

熊野古道是古老的朝聖之路,它穿過山林也依偎著海洋綿延四方。朝聖者與觀光客尤其喜愛古道的中邊路。Toganoki 茶舍周遭的景色依舊如實呈現多年前的樣貌。每到秋季,樹葉會大秀姿色,十一月時更是精彩,陽光照耀七彩樹葉,迎接每個十一月天。有人一大早在遛狗,遛一隻古代原生的紀州犬。早安!早晨的招呼聲自動加入每一段對話,聽起來總是那麼清脆響亮,近畿深山的遊客能很快地感受到歡迎與自在之情。近畿地區保有歷史悠久的日式住宅和傳統生活型態,至今仍保有原貌可謂當地的驕傲。


 僕が 11月末に訪ねると、周辺は紅葉真っ盛りだった。紅葉は朝の光を透過し、鮮やかだ。細い道を、新聞配達のバイクが通る。紀州犬を連れて朝の散歩をする人が通る。「お



Kii Tanabe, Nachi and Shingu train stations are entry points for Kumano Kodo. For the Nakahechi route, Ryujin and Meiko Bus Lines run from

Kii Tanabe train station. The bus ride is 45 minutes to Nakahechi Bijutsukanmae, in front of the Nakahechi Museum.

About Kumano Kodo → Kumano Tourism Bureau    Kumano Travel 


Wakayama Cycling Map Ⅰ Wakayama Cycling Map Ⅱ 


Dual Pilgrim

Would you like to walk both Kumano Kodo and the road of Saint James (Camino de Santiago)? A "Dual Pilgrim" is someone who has walked both the Kumano Kodo and the Way of St.James (Camino de Santiago).



KUMANO TRAVEL is a local, community-based initiative, created to provide quality information, services, and products so visitors can fully experience all this area has to offer.


Mt. Yoshino

Although Mt. Yoshino is one of the most famous places in Japan for cherry blossoms, it can

be just as alluring off season. Go to the observation deck at Nakasenbon and watch the fog lift

gently off the mountain. If it rained the night before, Kongozan Temple will be revealed in the

morning mist like an esoteric portrait. The cherry trees are beautiful, blooms or no blooms. Still

wet from the rain, the vivid array of red, orange and yellow leaves have a glossy coating.

Mt. Yoshino is accessible by train and cable car. Comfortable walking shoes are a must for

the trek on dirt roads and up the hills. After soaking in the views, hike through the trails and

visit landmarks and historical sites. An overdue respite will come with a meal break relished

with warm smiles from the shopkeepers of traditional storefronts.






From Kintetsu Yoshino train station, connect to Senbonguchi cable car station for a 3-minute climb to Mt. Yoshino. Buses also run from the train station; the ride to Cable Yoshinoyama bus stop takes 15 minutes.

●Trail and Forest Bathing in Yoshino → The Yoshino Trails 


●About Yoshino → Mt. Yoshino Tourist Association 


Lake Biwa

Lake Biwa is the largest lake in Japan and the third oldest lake in the world. There are a number

of tourist attractions and historical sites around this important water source for the Keihanshin

area (Kyoto, Osaka and Kobe). Birdwatching is popular on the northwestern shore. The sun

setting behind Chikubu Island is a view worth the wait. Even if the weather is not the best, shafts of sunlight will manage to break through the clouds. The beams of light shining on Chikubu Island can look absolutely divine. Venture over to the docks. You might make new friends with the fishermen there. At the least, you will find landscapes and real life images that have remained unchanged for generations. 




Nagahama Port is near the train station. Jump on the Biwako Kisen ferry over to Chikubu Island.

●About Lake Biwa → Shiga Tourism Official Website 



An hour and a half drive from Kyoto city is a place that looks a little different from the elegant landscape of the ancient capital. At the heart of prefectural Kyoto-fu is an idyllic village in the valley. Miyama is known for the well-preserved homes that proudly display the iconic thatched roof that tops traditional Japanese architecture.

These homes were being built with the idea of integrating them into the natural environment long before sustainable homes became today’s hot topic. Various trees and bushes in and around the village decorate the scenery through the seasons, like weeping cherries,

hydrangeas, soba blooms and cosmos flowers. The vintage red mailbox that greets everyone entering the village is not a box at all, but in fact, a cylinder-shaped mail receptacle. It has been there for years, connecting the past with the future.




 京都市内から美山町までの移動は、車で約 1 時間半ほどである。古都の優雅な風景とともに、この山間ののどかな里をセットにした旅は、日本らしい郷愁を感じられる。

From Hiyoshi train station, 40 minutes by city bus to Kita Kayabuki bus stop.

●About Miyama → Miyama Tourism Association  



Japan’s second largest city, Osaka, is within the prefectural district of Osaka-fu. In contrast

to urban Osaka, the northern and southern parts of Osaka-fu are filled with beautiful natural

landscapes. Nose is one such place, a rustic pocket in the northernmost sector. Driving away

from the city on winding mountain roads, the sato landscape, the Japanese countryside,

comes into view as rice paddies take over. The Rice Terraces of Nagatani have been maintained with great care for generations, and rice is produced to this day on ancestral lands. Each terrace is shaped thin and long. A narrow path leads up the hill, the paddies extending in a gentle curve that draws the eye around the bend. Around the neatly ascending rows, large thatched-roof homes can be spotted here and there. There is a stillness to this place, a slower pace of life, that makes it hard to believe that the bustling city is so close. 





Visit the Rice Terraces of Nagatani by Nose Electric Railway to Yamashita train station, then 30 minutes by Hankyu Bus to Morigami bus stop.

●About Nose → Nose Town Tourism 


Mushiake Bay

Oyster rafts floating on Mushiake Bay are the quintessential landscape of the Seto Inland Sea.

The famous sight attracts many people to shoot the dawn view. In fact, it has a title just like

a painting, called Mushiake Seto no Akebono (Seto at Dawn). You will need to drive up the

winding road to Mt. Ohira and get there before the sun starts to peek over the horizon. Park at

the Ohiradai observation point, which is a really good spot. You might meet a few photography

buffs who are already leaving after finishing their shoot. Not to worry; as long as you get there

before sunrise, you are not too late. The morning sun will rise over the wide sea and shimmer

across the horizon. You can catch the rays of hope just in time. If you go to Mt. Ohira, this

particular location is high on the list of recommendations.




To Ohiradai observation area: 50 minutes by car from Bicchu Takahashi train station.

To view Mushiake Seto no Akebono from Mushiake Bay: 40 minutes by bus from Oku train station to Mushiake bus stop.

●About Mushiake Bay → Oku-cho Mushiake


Mt. Daisen

Think of the highlands in western Japan, and the twin resorts of Daisen and Hiruzen come to

mind. The two are situated back to back, one in Tottori and the other in Okayama, respectively,

and you must go to the other if you visit one. Both resorts are popular among sports

enthusiasts: outdoor activities in the summer, snow skiing in the winter. Mt. Daisen has prolific

views that can change according to the angle. She can look like Mt. Fuji, or she can have a

craggy face. One mountain, multiple looks. Unusual, don’t you think? From the base of Mt. Daisen, in the community known as Mizukue in the town of Kofu, a rural landscape unfolds just below the southern slope. A tiny hut with a thatched roof sits by itself in the middle of the open field. It is a well known landmark and a favorite subject among artists and photographers.


 西日本を代表する高原リゾート地に、鳥取の大山と、 岡山の蒜がある。この二つは隣接しているので、僕はよく同時に訪ねている。夏はアウトドアスポーツ、冬はスキーがさかんで、周辺には見どころも多い。大山の面白いところは、見る角度で山容が変わる点だ。富士山のようだったり、ごつごつした岩肌を見せたり、見る角度によって全く違う山のように表情が変わる山も、珍しいと思う。



From Ebi train station, take the town bus to Mizukue bus stop.

●About Daisen → Tottori Tourism Guide 


Ini Rice Terraces

It takes just minutes from the expressway to reach the rice terraces at Ini. In spite of the

convenient access, it feels isolated in the mountains. As soon as you come out of a small

tunnel, rock walls make a grand stand. The rice terraces in this region are held up by retaining

walls built from hand-laid river rocks. Koinobori (streamers of carp) get hoisted on a pole in the front yard to celebrate Children’s Day in May. Each one “swims” in the wind with great purpose. The children must be full of energy in such a household. Maybe the breeze will carry some of that happy energy everywhere. A pick-up truck parked near the house suggests that the adult members of the family are home from working in the fields. Small pick-up trucks seem to add the final touch to the Japanese rural landscape. They are befitting on country roads, playing an important role in agricultural society.




Highway buses departing from Hiroshima Bus Center stop at the Togouchi exit. Taxis are available for the rest of the way (about 10 minutes).

OKONOMIYAKI COOKING (Experience) at Hiroshima Station → OKOSTA 


“Ini Rice Terraces” was selected by CNN's "Japan 34 beautiful places"



There is Sandankyo Gorge near here.


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