Nasu Kogen那須高原 – Winter

01 Mar


I realise that every time I start a new blog entry, I apologise for being late and not up keeping it… I mean what’s new? the epitome of procrastination is still herself… well not really so this time. I kinda deserted my entire family during the Chinese New year holidays and flew to my second home, so here’s your long awaited post fresh from the sushi bar…

Two years back I visited Nasu Kogen during the summer time. Two weeks ago I was back there and boy was it a transformation! It’s Fuyu (winter) time in Nippon and I was ecstatic to see snow!  Yes yes there’s no snow in sunny sizzling Singapore…

Anyway it was quite an adventure just getting into gear itself! In an instance, one miraculously transforms into a dumpling being wrapped in layers and layers of clothes. Despite the  ball of fabric that I am, I was surprised that I could still scale some snow covered mini cliffs that leads to the Otome Waterfall. Pretty slippery if you ask me and I couldn’t even make out where the steps were.

Summer : Luscious Greens
Nasu Kogen 那須高原 - Otome Waterfall 乙女滝

Winter: dry twigs
Nasu Kogen - Winter 01

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The long exposures were quite a challenge because yours truly here is too cold and lazy to set up her tripod. Most shots turned out brrrr. . . i mean blur.

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Gotta have lunch. Went back to the same soba place last summer. No difference between how soba looks during summer & winter though. LOL


After the meal, we headed to Onsen Shrine and then to Sesshouseki – 殺生石.  (oooh i love the ring to it) The first stop’s feet onsen!

In summer,  everyone wants to soak their feet
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In winter, everyone’s lazy to take off their shoes… me included
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Entrance to Onsen Shrine… the smell of sulfur was amazingly strong in winter. Aren’t you glad you’re just viewing pictures here.
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Winter… i love the snow~!
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Walk down to Sesshouseki
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Sesshouseki is an area filled with noxious volcanic gas (sulpur) that kills most small animals approaching and there’s where its name came from. The place is also known for the legend of Fox with Nine Tails (No we’re not talking about Naruto here)..

Nasu Kogen 那須高原- Sesshou Seki 殺生石

Anyhoos, the story was set about 3500 years ago. After devastating China and India, a fox with nine tails arrived in Japan by JAL and transformed itself into a beautiful woman named “Tamamo no Mae” and I have no idea what it means. Although she succeeded in winning the emperor’s favour, her aim was to take over Japan (not the world???) after killing him. But after having its true form discovered by feng shui master Yin-Yang diviner Aberno Yasunari, she ran into Nasunohara forest, and was killed by a military tank commanded by Kazuanosuke Hirotsuna and Miuranosuke Yoshizumi (who were nominees in the longest name award).

Nasu Kogen 那須高原- Sesshou Seki 殺生石

So then the monstrous fox turned its figure into a big stone after death; however, the grudge remained as poisonous gas and killed everything approaching it.

After reading the story posted up on Wikipedia, great priest Gennou visited the place. He yelled out and banged the stone with his stick, breaking it into three pieces. It is said that one of the pieces flew to Aizu (Fukushima Prefrecture which I’ll blog about in the next post and yes that means aeons later haha) the other went to Bingo in Hiroshima and the last piece remains at Sesshouseki as the Killing Rock. So there you have it.

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Summer: Summer Rain…
Nasu Kogen 那須高原- Sesshou Seki 殺生石

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Was lucky the sky’s clear
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Summer: Jizo look wet
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Winter: Jizo looks cold
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Just a day before re-exploring Nasu, I stayed over at this really nice inn called the Cosy Inn Antique. Old french cottage styled ambiance warms your heart the moment you stepped in but…

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… it’s what warms your stomach that really matters.

Quiche for breakfast
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Home baked rolls
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With clam chowder
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life is short. . .eat the dessert first!
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beef  & fish for dinner
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onion soup and salad for starters…
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The last Choux pastry’s from Rindarou cafe some where in the middle of no-where. Sells a cup of coffee and a slice of chocolate cake or a Choux pastry for 500 Yen respectively and pottery made by the owner (thou shall not divulge the heavenly pricesssss….

I heard that the imperial family visits Nasu every year…For those feeling adventurous, one could drive up to Nasu via the Tohoku highway. Takes about 2 to 3 hours in a speeding car.


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  1. kasumi

    Tuesday, 2 March, 2010 at 00:03

    Kireii!!!!! The photos are so beautifully taken! Love it! Too bad I didn’t managed to go on that trip with you. Maybe next time!

  2. EstoKun

    Wednesday, 3 March, 2010 at 22:46

    Geeze..u can print those out as postcard already hahahaha..jigsaw puzzle also can! i loveeeeee the bread + food + snow +..all

  3. AS

    Thursday, 4 March, 2010 at 09:55

    Your comparison pics are very nice ^^. Nice to see how nature in different seasons, it gives a whole new look to it. I love the mini waterfall pics, your camera must be very good to see the individual streams of water bouncing off the rocks.

  4. Blowfish

    Sunday, 7 March, 2010 at 04:52

    Oh boy! Those are some great pictures!
    Especially the long exposure shots of the waterfall turned out terrific.
    So you carried a tripod through the wilderness just for that?

  5. dice

    Sunday, 7 March, 2010 at 21:49

    @ Kasumi: thanks babe! Don’t worry, there’s always a next time.
    @ Estokun: still needs practice! tonnes of it but thanks! haha
    @ AS: Thank you! Yes the difference’s really huge. Singapore is boring its the same year after year, day after day, so its really quite refreshing to be able to see your surroundings change..
    @ Blowfish: Yeah I carried a tripod… kinda heavy and didn’t put it to much use haha. it was too cold to operate.. my fingers were frozen half the time :D