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Friday, August 11, 2006

Large Steam Valley


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!

This valley and Ashiyu place is in the same area, so you can enjoy two exciting experiences at one place! (it takes 1 minute walk from Ashiyu place to the valley.)

26 comments:

Pierre-Yann said...

What the larger of the valley? It seems very narrow.

As I said previously, nice photos. Maybe it was better that it was a raining day, it's more in the style of the place, no?

The new and good walkway does mean that the valley get a lot of visitors?

kayanon said...

4 meters long valley.

Right. So many people visit there even though this is located in deep mountains.

soursop said...

i like the way you take the pictures of the place.
it's so good to see the spot is so clean and tidy despite a public place.. :D

the photos and videos are amazing and beautiful! it's my first time seeing it esp. with video..!! thanks for sharing, kayanon!

Fabi said...

Cool pictures and nice video!! I wish, we could have such valley here, too! I'm excited everytime about japanese nature and culture!! Keep on writing :-)

Ragge said...

Yeah, that is nice! Say; is there active volcanos in Japan? This valley seem to be close to one :-)

kayanon said...

soursop>

What a compliment! I am glad that you liked my photos and video (which should have been taken with high quality.my mistake again (TT)

kayanon said...

fabi>

There is no valley in Germany?

Yeah, I am also interested in world nature. Japanese nature is not always dynamic or huge, but I like its silent and beautiful nature.

Francis said...

hey Kayanon,

First look at your photo made me think of a poster for a movie :P

Well taken.

As for the Shakkuri, we call it "hiccups" too, what we do is normally hold breath for 30secs, get someone to scare you, and drink lots of water.

What i do mostly is to go into deep slow breathing exercise and keep calm for 15 mins or so............then it goes away :)

Keep posting on Japan ................it'so interesting.

kayanon said...

ragge>
There are 108 active volcanos according to Japan Meteorological Agency. That's why Japanese can enjoy many Onsen here!

kayanon said...

francis>

Thank you about my photos. Which movie did you think of?

Fabi said...

Hey Kayanon,

well, there are valleys in Germany, but here are only valleys without steam :-)

Masa said...

I gonna go a kind of onsen place....but i don't wanna experience about terrible traffic jam...(T-T)

kayanon said...

masa>

Nice! I don't like traffic jam either...

By the way, is everything ok with power failure in Chiba? I guess it is troublesome to loose electricity in our lives. Especially, in summer....

Pierre-Yann said...

Is this power failure really due to one accident with a crane?

Because 7h40 it's just around the biggest need of power. Very strange, no?

Francis said...

Definitely reminds me of one of those scary/thriller movies.

Actually if there was a small building there and a night scene, the steam/fog really looks like the movie "Exorcist" :P or "Exorcism of Emily Rose" :P

Cheers

marina said...

wonderful shots and enlightening post :)

ross said...

very beautiful pictures, and also as another mentioned, the weather is perfect for the view. i think i will add this place to my itinerary even if it is quite far from other places i plan to see. thank you for more!

kayanon said...

pierre-yann>

I'ts accident with crane for sure.

There were 2 power cables. One was constracted as a reserve. However, both cable was torne in this time.

This happend only in Tokyo and its neighbor prefectures.

People were caught in trouble. For example, traffic lights stopped, couldn't turn on air conditioner in big and hot city, Tokyo.

kayanon said...

francis>

Hahaha, nice imagination! Probably, the place will turn to be like "Exorcist" at night, I wonder it is open even at night though.

kayanon said...

Thank you for your comment and compliments, marina!

kayanon said...

ross>

Tahnk you, ross. It is surly worth place to visit. I didn't menthion on my blog, but the Ashiyu place http://discover-jp.blogspot.com/2006/07/ashiyu-japanese-relaxation.html
and the valley is in the same area. Therefore, you can enjoy two things at one place!

Kuntry Konfession said...

that's just too cool! thanks for sharing. ps. what's wasabi made from?

kayanon said...

kuntry konfession>

wasabi is made from wasabi. http://images.search.yahoo.co.jp/bin/query?p=%a4%ef%a4%b5%a4%d3&n=4&b=0&c=image&rh=20&d=1&to=1

Do you like it?

rdl said...

beautiful pictures!!

kayanon said...

rdl>

Thanks!

reyian said...

nice and informative. interesting blog about japan.

http://reyian.blogspot.com