My apologies for the very long hiatus. Last year, I was not able to anything much during Spring because of my allergies but this year I’m back with a vengeance. My allergies is still here but it more manageable, or I have learned a trick or two to manage it and still enjoy Spring here in Kansai.
So back to the original topic of this post.
Mt. Ikoma. Another hiking event organize by “Hiking In Kansai” group and I got to see Mt. Ikoma in Spring Season. We met we everybody at Ishikiri Station at 9:30 am, but we were not able to start until 10 am. From the station we took the same route we used last time so we passed again the Watermill again but this time the Sakura were in bloom so it was really very pretty.
The big Sakura tree gave a very nice backdrop to the watermill.
Another one but just started blooming.
The same tree, from a different side.
The little stone Buddha on road. Keeping a watch on us.
Last time we went all the way to the theme park but we never really found the peak of the mountain. This time we/I did and took a proper photo as a proof 🙂
The reason we did not find the mountain peak last time is because it is hiding inside this ride.
The theme park staff will let you in to see the peak.
There were lots of Sakura Trees on top of Mt. Ikoma but unfortunately it was just starting to bloom. It was really a cold day when we started and by the time we got to the top, it was even colder. We had a quick lunch , a visit to the loo and we continued on our hike.
A few minutes later, just outside the theme park we found this strange looking edifice. There were no sign explaining what it was but there were new air conditioning system installed so I guess it was still currently in used.
After passing the building we came out to this small skyline park and the view was marvelous. On the left side you can see Nara Prefecture and on the right side, you can see the East Side of Osaka Prefecture. Then, of course , we have to take our group picture here.
So can you find me? 😀
To continue :
Where to go? Back to Ikoma or Kuragaritouge ?
Kuragaritouge serves as the boundary between Osaka Prefecture on the East Side and Nara Prefecture.
I am both on Nara and Osaka. 😀
Our hike continues but this time we are walking in one of Japan’s narrowest and steepest National Highway.
Rice field on the side of the highway.
Yes that is still part of the National Highway.
A few minutes of walking down we found these group of stones with a gate in front. We are not sure if this is somebody’s private graveyard, but it looks so old and then everybody just started snapping pictures of it 🙂
Then we found this small temple/shrine and I was able to get the permission of our leader to explore it for a few minutes.
I guess this is the waterfall.
More Stone Buddhas on the side .
Directions !! Where to go this time.
Picture is Edited. I enhance the color that is why it looks so pink.
Up close and personal.
It was really a great day.We had lots of fun chatting and getting to know the members of the group. We ended up having a plate of Oden near Ishikiri Jinja before calling it a day.
Till the next hike.