Sakurayama is a unique place in Japan : this is a mountain where koyo (autumn’s leaves) and sakura (cherry blossom) gather in an original union.
Sakurayama and its Fuyuzakura
There are clouds far off, and we can already feel the air moistened. The rain is close and I have to hurry taking pictures ! After a little intensif trek, but short (20 minutes), we’re at the top of Sakuyama, the ‘Sakura’s mountain’, from where we can enjoy the famous Fuyuzakura (winter’s sakura).
Isn’t beautiful this blend of autumn’s leaves and sakuras ? I wished to take better pictures but unfortunately we’re really not pampered by the weather. Half an hour after our arrival, it’s hail falling on us!
We go back in car and on the road we come across a couple of cute little foxes. I stop the car and they turn around us, not scared at all ! Great moment.
Haruna Shrine (榛名神社)
Haruna is a old shinto sanctuary dating 586. We go very quickly because of the bad weather and the cold, but this is an interesting place to visit (be careful, the walk to the temple itself take time).
The spiciest Ramen!
The day passed quickly, and it’s already dinner time. Completely haphazardly, we end in a ramen at Maebashi, Gunma’s capital. An unusual place, a decoration from another time (it’s almost like a haikyo) and a rather funny menu. Me, I choose a spicy ramen : they say this is the most spicy ramen of the century, so I absolutely have to taste it, isn’t it?
That happens the ramen broth is untouchable : you burn your taste buds at the slightest touch ! I order rice on the side, just to calm the first pains… and then I’m able to eat enough noodles – slowly – to calm the hunger that tears me ! I tasted an other ramen and it was delicious, a particular taste and extremely fat but perfect to conclude a fresh day like this one. Now it’s a small drawing of Dreamy, added to the golden book of those who savoured that super spicy dish !
Rikugien’s garden by night
In bonus, and because it’s not enough to devote an article to it, here it is two pictures taken in Rikugien’s garden. It is absolutely to visit in autumn, by night, and there is even kinds of lighting games with the steam.
Translated by Éloise Bouvarel.
Special thanks to my old Canon 7D which was here, replacing my Nikon D800 (slightly messed up by the trip to Okinawa) for all those pictures and which made an honest job. ^^