By Kyle Buck
I want to keep most of my posts about places in Aomori prefecture, but there is a place just south of us that has some amazing views. Hachimantai in Iwate prefecture is a place where nature has reclaimed some parts of civilization, while those who still live there have learned to coexist with their natural soundings.
Hachimantai is a small town nestled on the northern slopes of Mt. Iwate. It is known for its hot springs. However, I love it for its rolling mountains and wetlands.
There are quite a few ponds, streams, and swamps in this area.
There are also a lot of plants and animals.
Hachimantai is also home to an abandoned mining town. Look for a future column about Matsuo mine.
Check out some of my photo spheres from this area here.