The Recommended Free-&-Easy Trip from Tokyo to Tohoku in the Autumn Season - 2nd-Day Journey

July 15, 2018

After the 1st-night stop-over in Mishima village, Fukushima, the Tohoku autumn journey continues along with the River Agano moving toward to the seaside, Sea of Japan in Niigata prefecture.



The 2nd-Day driving would start along with the River Agano where the colourful world surrounded by the great natures can be viewed in the autumn season.   If you like to try the river-boat ride in the River Agano, you could get off the Banetsu Expressway at Aga Town Interchange Exit.  



After enjoy the river-boat ride with the autumn atmosphere, you would go back to the Banetsu Expressway and go to the next scenic spot, the old "Ichijima Residence" where you would be attracted by the different autumn environment at the beautiful garden and the surrounding trees.



To move foward to the final destination of the 2nd-day journey, "Sakata City" in Yamagata prefecture, you would stop in Sekikawa village and view the colourful valley, "Arakawa-kyo" at the "Takanotsume Suspending Bridge".  You would be impressed by the great natures including the river, the streams, the forests along with the River Ara.  Indeed, it gives you the great picture.



Before the early evening, you would try to reach Sakta city, Yamagata where I like to suggest you to stay at a Japanese ryokan.   My best recommendation in Sakata city is to visit "Sankyo Warehouse Spot" showing such a nostalgic image together with the surrounding autumn leaves.    



Sakata city faces the Sea of Japan and you could enjoy the variety of fresh local seafood in the town.  My suggestion to you is to visit the local fish market, i.e., "Minato Market" or "Kaisen Market" at the seaside.  You would enjoy the fresh raw fishes or shellfishes that you could make orders at the local restaurants there.



The overall estimated journey would takes up about 5 hours for the 2nd-day journey from Mishima town, Fuskushima to Sakata city, Yamagata.





< The Driving Route for the 2nd-Day Journey >





< The Colourful Autumn Scenery Along with the River Agano >




< The Autumn Sorrounding Scenes at the Old Ichijima Residence in Shibata City, Niigata >




< The Autumn Sorrounding Scenes at the Old Ichijima Residence in Shibata City, Niigata >




< The Autumn World at Takanosu Suspension Bridge Over the Arakawa Valley in Sekikawa Village, Niigata >




< The Old Sankyo Warehouse Street Scene in Sakata City, Yamagata >




< The Local "Minato" Fish Market in Sakata City, Yamagata >




< The Great Taste of the Local Fresh Fishes at Minato Fish Market in Sakata City, Yamagata >




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