So, I know it's kind of late to be posting this, especially since I'm no longer living in Wakayama... but whatever!
Spring is a great time in Japan. it's no longer cruelly cold, but the unrelenting sun and hot / humid temperatures of summer have not set in. also you can see many trees blooming with cherry blossoms, but there is only a full week or so of them in full bloom before they all fall to the wind.
My first blossom sighting was at Kimiidera on March 3rd
On March 4th I cycled out to Nara prefecture
which was about 100 km ride both ways,
I didn't really go there to do anything, but there was a sort of fox shrine.
Late in February I started to get really sad
because the weather was starting to get warmer
and I didn't feel like the winter had been satisfactory
so on March 10th I up and left to Niigata for a weekend!
Niigata is a long ways north from wakayama, in the Hokuriku region.
it's also north of nagano.
|I went skiing at Ishiuchi Maruyama and Gala ski resort.|
it rained a bit Sunday morning, but quickly turned to snow and then snowed nonstop for 26 hours.
on monday, my second day skiing, I ducked a rope and ended up in the woods between two mountains.
|I was out there for a long time, maybe 4 or 5 hours. oops. but check out this sweet picture I got.|
|it was really amazing to be out in the snow trekking around after such a long time away. eventually I made my way to the bottom of the mountain, and took a gondola up to midstation again!|
|here's me after the gondola ride!|
|a beautiful view. there is amazing skiing in japan other than nagano and hokkaido!|
|The town, Minami Uonuma, reminded me of Vernon or someplace like that.|
it's kind of out of the way--but still easy to get to, as I only had to take one train from the bus depot.
I did another bike ride on March 18th... this one was about 70km, I think.
I went up to Sennan in Osaka prefecture, then got lost for a bit
and somehow managed to get back to Wakayama by a winding road.
After these pictures were taken it started raining heavily.
and then it would stop and start sometimes.
the last half hour or so of my ride I was really fighting the wind and rain.
and when I got home, I found out an inclement weather warning had been issued for that day. oops!
|What tree is this?|
|I kind of liked this scene... the cherry tree in the middle of a dead field was striking!|
on the 24th I had another crazy ride. I rode about 70 km to koyasan mountain. in total my trip was 130 km, I think. Koyasan is a historical town famous for buddhist temples, and it's one of Wakayama's popular tourist sights, and also a world heritage site so I knew I had to see it before I left Wakayama.
Being in the middle of nowhere, and so high up in the mountains it's a bit hard to get to though.
I wrote a separate entry here!
I wrote a separate entry here!
On March 25th (the day after my 130 km trip to Koyasan... what was I thinking?!) I decided to do a bit more exploring around Wakayama city. I guess there are quite a few spots that I haven't seen yet.
first I went to Wakaura and ended up in the southwestern tip of Wakayama city, which has a small mountain and is hard to get to. I found a pleasant garden called Bandoko Teien where I ate my lunch :)
Later I went to Marina city, a tourist trap on the border of Wakayama and Kainan.
|A view of Wakaura.|
|a view of part of bandoko Teien. (the peninsula, not the islands)|
|a view from Bandoko Teien.|
|A view from Bandoko Teien.|
|A view from Bandoko Teien|
|Flowers near Bandoko Teien|
|Near Wakaura and Bandoko Teien|
|Wild sakura trees at Wakaura|
|a view of Marina city (not an actual city)|