Nov 16, 2008

紅葉最高!奥多摩、御岳、長瀞!- Autumn foliage... wonderful!

いや~ぁ、やっぱり紅葉はいい!

今日は朝6時起きと気合を入れて、お母さん、兄貴、そしておばさんの計4人で紅葉を見に出かけた。

天気予報どおり朝っぱらから雨。そして兄貴の運転で高速に乗るとその雨は激しくなり...。

しかし奥多摩に着くと雨はほとんど止んでくれたのでホッと一息。奥多摩湖周辺はネットでの情報とは裏腹に見ごろとまでは行かず、ちょっと早かったかも。

でも御岳山近辺になるとなかなか見頃のところが増えてきた。御岳山の上のほうまでケーブルカーで行ったものの曇り空に霧が多くて遠くはもちろん何も見えず。でもこういう所ならではの美味しい山菜のお土産があったり、山菜やきのこの入ったお焼きがあったり。

昼ごはんを食べに御岳渓谷の方まで降りてくると川沿いに素晴らしい紅葉の眺めが!これです!僕たちが求めていたのはぁ!晴れていてくれたらもっと綺麗だったろうに、と思いつつ、満足、満足。そして昼ごはんに食べた山菜蕎麦がまた美味しいこと...。

すると兄貴が「長瀞行くか~」と。また冗談かと思うと本気だとのこと。みんなしてびっくり(笑)。

長瀞まで来ると天気は曇りながら完全に回復してくれた。いや~ぁ、それにしても長瀞は紅葉もさることながら魅力のある観光地だなぁ。川沿いはとても綺麗だし、長瀞駅から川沿いに続く商店街もなかなか風情があるし。

そしてなんと言ってもクライマックスは「長瀞紅葉ライトアップ」!夕方5時の開始早々見に行くとこれがまた綺麗なこと!思わずカメラのシャッターを押す手が勝手に動く!(笑)昨日から始まったばかりということで、見ることができてとってもラッキーだった。

帰りも渋滞に巻き込まれることもほとんどなし。最後はみんなで近くのとんでんでおばさんにご馳走になることに。

それにしても久しぶりで家族みんなでおばさんも一緒にほんとに楽しい小旅行をすることができて大満足!

いや~ぁ、紅葉最高!

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Autumn foliage is lovely!

By waking up at 6:00AM, I headed out to see some autumn foliage with my mum, brother, and auntie.

As weather forecast predicted, it was rainy from early in the morning. As soon as we hit the motorway, the rain started hitting the ground even harder...

Once we arrived in Okutama, we were relieved to see the rain stopped. Unlike some of the information we got on the net, it was a bit too early to see red coloured leafs in this area.

We started to see more colours once we got to Mitake-San. It was too foggy to see anything in the distance on top of the mountain. On the bright side, we had some cake with mushrooms and edible wild plants inside, and also bought some edible wild plants to have at home.

As we headed down towards Mitake Keikoku ravine, we saw some beautiful autumn foliage by the river! This is what we have been looking for! We wished the weather was nicer, but were satisfied with the beauty. The noodle with wild plants we had helped us feel even better. :-)

Once we finished lunch, my brother said "let's go to Nagatoro". We thought he was taking the mickey, but he was serious. We were gobsmacked. :-)

Although it was still cloudy, the rain completely stopped by the time we got to Nagatoro. I really like this tourist town, not just its autumn foliage. It's stunning by the river, and the shopping area from the railway station to the river has some character.

The climax was "Nagatoro Autumn Foliage Light-up"! We headed to the area that's lightened up as the event started at 5:00PM. It was just amazing! I couldn't stop taking photos! We were very lucky to see the lightened up trees as the event just started yesterday.

We were not caught up by traffic jam on the way back. We had a dinner at a restaurant near our houses to finish the day.

I am delighted that we had a fun trip as family, and with my auntie, for the first time in months!

Autumn foliage in Japan is lovely!
















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