Long time no hear/read. Been busy with my so called Life 🙂
Anyways, I join this hike on my last day of Golden Week Vacation here in Osaka. A lot of first and I saw another side of Nara that I really like. A bit far from where I am currently located but definitely worth the trip.
Our group met in Hasedara Station, which is about 1.5 hours train ride for me.
I have never heard of Hasedera Temple before so I was really happy to find this place.
The group arrived on time and so our hike began. We are supposed to follow one of the Tokai Nature Trail in Nara Prefecture.
We had a short stop at the Yoki Tenma Jinja, since our organizer have this fascination with it.
The Cow. If you ever been to Tenmangu Shrine, you will notice that there is always a Cow sculpture/statue inside which is a familiar god in Tenmangu Shrines.
After our short visit, we proceed with our hike. There was not much around Hasedera Station but as we were approaching the main Temple, there peony beautiful blooming at the side of the street, vendors giving us free taste of their products. I have never heard of Hasedera so I have never visited this place. A few weeks after this hike, I was reading the book called “The Pillow Book” that I realized the historical importance of this place. Of course entering the Temple is not free and unfortunately, we still have a long way to go so I will have to go back there soon.
More walking along the highway and we found another marker leading to the mountains.
We took a short, 1 hour break , for lunch and chatted a good while. Then we checked out the view. It was amazing.
We wanted to stay there and just enjoy the view, but we still have a very long way to go till we reach our final destination.
Rice fields that looks like a small version of the Banaue Rice Terraces
Our next goal was to look for the Grave site of Yamabe Akihito a poet during Nara Period and a few hours later we found it.
Our next goal was to reach Murou Dam which according to the map was not that far, but next marker we found said that Lake Murou is 8KM away and the Dam is still a few km away from that.
We thought that there was a mistake with the marker but we thought wrong.
When we got out of the mountain and was going to the lake it was already after 4pm, the sun was already starting to set.
We decided to check gps how far is the Dam, and it looks like it was still a good 5-6 KM away and unfortunately nobody was carrying flashlight or what not. All of us still have classes and work to do the next day. So we all decided to take the shortest route to the next station following the side of the Lake.
We found some wild deer which scampered away as soon as they caught our smell. All we could see where the white spots near the butt :).
It was a nice walk beside the lake, dirt road, smell of summer breeze , earth and forest all together. When we finally got out and back to the main road , this is what greeted us.
We still have a 2 Km to walk till we get to the train station but we got there safely and catch our train. We were all tired, but I was very satisfied to join see this amazing places.
till the next adventure:)