Tuesday, November 23, 2010

Along the tracks


On Sunday I went down to Gotsu for the annual Kagura Festival, but after a few hours indoors I couldnt stand it any longer... outside was another beautiful clear day and as we have had so few this month and as the good weather was not likely to last, I headed off for another walk.

I got off the train in Kawahira and headed up the tracks.


This section of the river has no road on this bank, and as it was 90 minutes or so till the next train I reckoned I could get along the tracks before it came.


There are a few abandoned farms along this side of the river....


Closer to Kawado I passed by a place that has fascinated me since I moved here, a hidden valley. The entrance is very narrow and choked with bamboo and undergrowth and there appears to be no trail in, but one of these winters when the undergrowth has died back Im going to try and find a way in...


Though its the longest river in West Japan, the Gonokawa is not well known but I have yet to see a river in Japan that is more beautiful.


I arrive safely into Kawado without encountering the train.

Kawado, the bustling commercial hub of Sakurae Town.......



  1. i hope you don't mind if i put a link to your blog on mine.

  2. Really liked this post.

  3. Wonderful landscapes and autums colors!!
    Thanks a lot!

  4. beautiful pictures...i need to get to shimane at some point!

  5. Gotsu and the surroundings is looking quite beautiful!