Lake Yunoko ni terletak di ketinggian 1475 meter daei paras laut berdekatan sebuah pekan kecil di atas kawasan pergunungan Okunikko. Ianya terbentuk sejak 20,000 tahun yang lalu, akibat letusan Gunung berapi Nantai.
Perjalanan dari Tokyo mengambil masa hampir 3jam melalui perjalanan sejauh lebih 190 kilometer dengan bayaran tol 3000 yen lebih. Lepas je tol, nanti engkorang akan mula memandu secara mendaki dan kalau engkorang layan Initial D, pasti familiar dengan Irohazaka route yang terkenal dengan 48 lengkok tajam naik dan turun. Yes. Budak budak drift mesti jeles. Bro selamba layan route ni bawak van 9 seater je. Kah.
Banyak sebenarnye yang menarik kat atas ni tapi bro sempat singgah beberapa tempat je dan salah satunye adelah Lake Yunoko ni. Belum fully autumn lagi tapi Subhanallah dia punya lawa. Time bro sampai cuaca agak mendung pun dah lawo gile, tak dapat bayangkan dia punye lawo bile cuaca cerah berlangit biru. Sumpah ade rezeki bro pasti repeat kesini lagi sekali nanti. Insyaallah.
Sempat lagi korang nak usyar usyar tiket nak ke Jepun autumn ni. Boleh teman bro repeat. Amacam ? 😊
A touch of dreams as I walk through memories…
Glad to write once more…
I’m not usually a fan of the long bus rides, and I drift in and out of a semi-slumberous state over the hour or so that it takes to get there.
The Kegon falls are a quick delight and, as everyone queues up for selfies, I just enjoy the gentle drizzle, the sound of the falls, and proceed to the ever-present souvenir stores.
We have extra time before our next scheduled destination so our guide decides to ‘surprise us’… with what ends up being the most memorable part of the trip.
We walk the quaint little path all the way around the lake, right by the water's edge... cool, light mist hovering over the area, gems of wildlife and flowers along the way.
A handful of fisherman standing in shallow waters, cast their lines out… in perfect silence... and we take care not to disturb them too much...
Paradise lies at the end of the path... I’ve caught a glimpse of it from across the water.
But she’s not here today… not really. she’s stumbling along, lost in her own thoughts… missing out on the beauty of the moment… Converse stubbing against the uneven rocks on the trek.
As we approach the final wooden path, I catch up to her, gently whispering, “Hey”… and covering her eyes softly with my hands.
She stops for a moment, putting her hands on top of mine.
"Keep walking… I’ll help you… there’s a little surprise ahead.”
She doesn’t say anything… but I sense her smiling. She starts to walk again… slowly… I guide her along the path, past the bubbling hot spring water and out to just "that" spot on the walkway… and I tell her to look...
She does… and for the first time she actually “sees” it.
It’s not a house… it’s probably a souvenir store… but from this distance it looks like a little cottage in the middle of paradise… the rustic little path… the misty mountain backdrop, the still lake mirroring the skies.
The perfect home…
She turns to me smiling, putting her arms around my neck… & I lose myself in the only thing better than this corner of heaven… those quiet brown eyes…
“Someday?” she asks.
I hold her close…
“Someday…”... I promise...
on the 2nd day of my japan trip, i got lost and had to ditch my planned hiking trail. decided to follow my instincts and with a map on hand, i explored the beautiful nikko national park on foot for hours.
getting lost was the best part because i would have never captured the beauty of this lake during the first km of the hike.
what's there not to love about being lost and free? sometimes we just have to trust our instincts and you'll be surprised. ♡