Saturday Jeff and I had a much needed lazy day. We didn't do much and it was lovely.
The hike this month was up a pyramid shaped mountain called Mount Ashitake (pronounced Ah-shi-ta-ke). We met up with another car full of people at the train station, and followed them. Picked up another couple of cars along the way. There was 9 of us total, Jeff and I, 2 Americans that have lived in Japan for over 20 years and teach English, and 5 Japanese. Everyone was very nice and spoke at least a little English. We were told that this was a small group, they usually have way more people.
We got to the hike start and were happily walking down the path, but the further we got, the less the path seemed like a path. Eventually someone spoke up that there was an arrow right at the very beginning that we passed. So, we turned around and sure enough, 20 feet from the start was the correct trail - lol! Reminded me of my collage hiking club days.
The hike was steep. It started in a cedar forest which changed in to more deciduous trees and then in to pines. At the top on one peak was some ruins from a temple, the date was uncertain but several thousands of years. At the top of the second peak was a beautiful view and a lunch break.
|Column from the temple ruins|
|Layers of hills in the distance from the top of the mountain|
|The view the other direction|
|The hiking group at the top ready for a lunch break|
|Huge cedar tree|