We heard there would be held a "Shinshu wine and hand-made concert party" again this year. This was the tenth time of the party, and the second time for us.
Since it is a pity to go Tateshina just for the party, I decided to hunt for splendid autumn colored leaves and delicious fresh Soba during the trip.
The first destination was Takatoh castle remains. The Maple Festival was going on.
At the same time Soba festival was going on. We are able to taste delicious newly cropped fresh Soba at Takatohkaku. Simple but tasteful!
But, maple leaves were not so tasteful. We heard the change of the color was not suitable for the beautiful coloring of leaves. Also, we heard it would not get better as hoarfrost had already started.
There some chrysanthemum pots were displayed. These were better than the ones somewhere.
The second destination was Mishagaike pond. But, on the way to the pond, we stopped at Tsuetsukitohge, Stick poking pass.
Lake Suwa was below us with Tateshina mountains.
Mishagaike was close, but as the view was so wonderful, I pulled over a car and took a picture.
Going through many events, we arrived at Mishagaike. It was still one hour earlier than the sunset.
It grew colder and colder as the sun going lower. However, at last we were able to see a magic hour at Mishagaike.
Even after the sunset, the mountains surrounding us were decorated by the after glow.
We arrived at the hotel. As it was so cold, we appreciate the fire.
Next morning we drove to Ohkawara pass.
Spring water was frozen as icicles.
Many beautiful spots on the way back.
We went home through Lake Tateshina.
And, Suwa grand shrine. I wish her wish should come true.