As I already attached photos on flickr, I visited an exciting valley, Oyasukyou in Akita. Although I live in 2-hour away from the place, I visited there only once when I was a little girl with my family. I went there again in July to ensure what it’s like. It rained when I visited there, but it was still fun to see dynamic steams.
Oyasukyou was encroached by a river, and became a valley which has 60 meters height from the bottom of valley and its entrance. It is called “Jigokudani” as well which means “Hell Valley” because hot air and steam blow out violently, and it reminds of hell. In fact, 98 degree hot water blows out 10 ton every hour. Once you get the valley, you can smell sulfur everywhere, and can feel hot and humid air. If you are caught in the big steam, you cannot find the direction. On the way back to the up ground, I had to go up 303 stairways!
There are countless Onsen in Oyasukyou; I didn’t go any of them though. It might be good to take Onsen after the hard exercise.
Here is an exciting video I took!