DAY 15 Morohashi Museum and Goshikinuma in Fukushima Prefecture

DAY 15 Morohashi Museum and Goshikinuma in Fukushima Prefecture

October 28th, 2019     

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Morohashi Museum of Modern Art
Goshikinuma Five Lakes

Hotel: Aizu Wakamatsu Washington Hotel*

We started with an early breakfast at the hotel and I was happy to see more of the edamame dango and I piled my plate up accordingly. There are two types of dango in this photo, the black covered one is sesame and the bottom right is the sweet mame (I went back and got more, not shown in the photo):

Our 07:41 shinkansen to Koriyama was five minutes late and a station attendant was apologising over the tannoy system. It made me laugh because I thought of the Upfield line here in Melbourne and how people might consider themselves lucky if the train actually shows up.

From Koriyama station, we caught the JR Ban Etsusai West line to Inawashiro station, where we immediately sought out the coin lockers. With a rotten stroke of luck, we got a bad locker which swallowed our money and by the time a station attendant finished helping us, we’d missed the train by five minutes and the next train wasn’t for around two hours. So we dipped in to the now-created taxi fund and got a ride to the Morohashi Museum of Modern Art, using one of their coin lockers to store the one bag we had which wouldn’t fit in the locker at Inawashiro station.

I loved the Morohashi Museum. Such an amazing collection and the grounds are stunning. I’m so glad I put this in our itinerary. Their website says ‘Interested in surrealism from a young age, Morohashi was particularly strongly fascinated by and attracted to the intricate paintings of Salvador Dali, the great Spanish-born artist. He built up his own collection of works of art while enthusiastically studying and learning about Western modern art by Dali and other artists. That collection, which included about 330 paintings, sculptures, prints, and other works by Dali, about 40 paintings from the Impressionist through the Surrealist periods, and about 30 works by the British contemporary artist Pamela Crook, served as the foundation for the museum’s highly individualistic collection. The museum’s collection of Dali works is the third largest in the world after those of the Dali Museum in the U.S. state of Florida and the Dali Theatre and Museum in Figueres, Spain, and it is the only museum in Asia where Dali’s works are on permanent exhibit. The museum continues to add to its collection today, in line with Morohashi’s wishes.

From the Morohashi Museum, we walked ten or so minutes to the Urabandai Visitor Centre, now using their coin lockers. You need to get a token from the staff for the lockers.

The grand plan was to take the walking trail which takes about seventy minutes, around Goshikinuma and see all these lovely blue-green hued ponds. We started with walking around Bishimondo pond, which was fairly busy with lots of tourists and locals:

But there were too many ‘beware of bears’ signs and warnings to carry things like bells or radios to scare off bears and even though there were lots of people about I wussed out.

I don’t care about those scary Australian snakes and spiders, but signs warning me about bears freaks me out so we just hung around Bishimondo, which was beautiful enough, and ate our snacks. I know I know, all that way to wuss out at the last minute but no regrets!

The Urabandai Visitor Centre has a fantastic large education area with some hands on displays. We spent some time in here before catching a bus back to Inawashiro station for around 790 yen:

Here’s the bus stop you need to get back to Inawashiro station:

We caught the 15:36 train from Inawashiro station to Aizu Wakamatsu station. On this train, there was an announcement about exiting the train from the door behind the driver, and to show driver your ticket or pass. But everyone got off at Aizu Wakamatsu through all the regular doors, and we showed our JR passes to the driver and were waved through. I had heard about some of these train lines only allowing you to exit via the door closest to the driver or the door at the front of the carriage so I was prepared, but all the doors opened at this station.

We checked in to our hotel, Aizu Wakamatsu Washington Hotel (read a review here), before hitting up 7-Eleven and Family Mart for some edamame, onigiri, daifuku, fruit and to my delight some mame topped dango. Score! We watched some tv and caught up on email etc before bed.

 

On to Day 16.

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