Tuesday, September 1, 2015

Tohoku Road Trip: Day 3- Goshiki-numa in Fukushima

On the last day of our road trip, we went to Goshiki-numa.  From our hotel it was about a five minute drive to the Urabandai Visitor Center, where we could park our car for free.  There was another parking lot closer to the entrance to Goshiki-numa, but we didn’t know about it until we started walking.
Goshiki-numa is made up of five-different colored volcanic lakes, and walking to all of them takes about an hour and a half on foot.  Apparently the colors of the lakes changes color throughout the year depending on the weather.  It was lightly raining when we went, so if we had gone on a sunny day I wonder if the colors would have been different.
It started raining more heavily after we finished our trek.  The owner of the Chalet Urabandai hotel kindly offered to pick us up and drive us to our car after we had finished our trek.  It was so kind of him to offer, since we had already checked out!

After we got back to the car, we drove to a nearby restaurant to get lunch.  The restaurant selection around Goshiki-numa is very scarce.  We went to the stylish Restaurant Monterey.  I got the mentaiko spaghetti and my friend ordered the sandwiches.  Both of our choices were so-so, so I would recommend getting something different (such as the hamburg steak) if you go.  
Ice cream flavors at Goshiki-numa
 No trip is complete without ice cream, so we both decided to get ice cream before we went back to Chiba.  We went back to the entrance to Goshiki-numa to get some ice cream!  They had some really interesting flavors!  My friend got the peach and Chocolate and Peach flavor, and I tried the Goshikinuma and Peach flavor.  They were both delicious.   It was the perfect way to end our Tohoku road trip and our summer.
Goshikinuma and Peach Flavor (YUM)

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