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.
The tall stone saying Hasedera Temple , just outside Hasedera Station.
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.
A small shrine near stairs with small cute foxes(Inari) inside.
Let’s start the walk up to the Shrine.
The moss covered stairs going up. On our way up, we met some university students busily sketching the scenery. I envy them since I can’t draw a thing.
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.
After we left Hasedera, we were following the highway and a few minutes later we found our marker.
Our next stop is Hase Dam.
As we were heading back to the main road. We noticed this very interesting sign.
Looks like Guns are not allowed.
It was beautiful. The peacefulness of it all.
Forward march. Yup we are crossing this bridge.
More walking along the highway and we found another marker leading to the mountains.
It was a steep climb and we are supposed to find Takatsuka Castle on top but unfortunately this is what was left of the castle.
Suffice it to say, we did not get to see a castle or any of its ruins.
We also found some interesting plants along the way.
The red mushroom. Any idea the name of this mushroom?
It looks like a pitcher plant.
Wee!! another sign that we are almost to the top of the mountain.
We took a short, 1 hour break , for lunch and chatted a good while. Then we checked out the view. It was amazing.
I’m not sure if this is Nara Prefecture or Mie Prefecture already. But it looks really nice.
The Azaleas were also blooming so it was really beautiful up there.
I like this shot of the Photographer seriously taking some pictures surrounded by this beautiful foliage.
A few minutes walk we found another place where we can see more of the view.
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.
We found several interesting areas including this very small waterfall.
Rice fields that looks like a small version of the Banaue Rice Terraces
It looks like that the farmers just started planting rice in this area.
Farmers busy planting. I hope you have a great harvest soon.
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.
The lone grave of Yamabe Akahito(山辺赤人)
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.
Part of the Lake closer to the highway. We are just entering the Lake.
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:)