Somewhere in Shizuoka Prefecture, there's a not-so-hidden place for some sort of adventure. A three-hour drive from Tokyo will lead you to a turquoise paradise. Or emerald. But perhaps, because of its accessibility, I haven't seen many tourists during our trip to Sumatakyo.
songs of cicadas
outside my window, I dance
chance of summer rain
Sumatakyo is famous for its suspension bridges. I enjoyed walking along the bridge, including the bounces in every step I made.
The most famous, and the most rickety, of these suspension bridges is the Yume no Tsuri Bashi. It’s an easy 2~3 kilometer round-trip walk from the Sumatakyo’s bus stop. The bridge is strung across the inlet of a small reservoir just upstream of the dam. more here
Unfortunately, it rained the night before our trip. And as expected, we were not able to see the turquoise blue waters, instead, we had a milky blue one. At least, it wasn't muddy brown. I guess, there is always next time.
We traveled from Tokyo at midnight, spent few hours in one of the many service stations to rest. And n every good location we spotted, we got off the car and took some photos.
Green tea plantation near the road.
At the town proper, especially at Kanaya Station of Oigawa Railway, lots of visitors are waiting for the steam locomotives.
Hopefully, I can go back there when the water is turquoise and the leaves are fiery red. That would be an autumn perfect picture.
Photos taken with
Nikon D7000 lenses used :
Nikkor 18-300 mm
Nikkor 10.5 mm
Tokina 11-16 mm