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Tono, Iwate Prefecture

Lions and tigers and bears, oh my!!!!
Tono is one of the few places in Japan that still maintains its natural agrarian atmosphere. Rolling hills, rice fields, old Japanese houses and a never-ending forest make you feel you've gone 100 years back in time. So why was I surprised to see ‘Beware of bears’ signs as I explored by bicycle? Fortunately, I never had to test if the warning was real, or risk becoming a meal on wheels :-)

Tōno, Iwate Prefecture, Japan