|Summit of Mt Kunimiyama.|
I was in this area in early November, In Search of Tsubakio-jo Castle, when, during my research for that post, I discovered more hiking tracks that appealed to my sense-of-adventure - I had seen some images via my Panoramio page and was keen to check more of this area out.
A few minutes in, emerging from the forest, I found myself amongst a tea plantation and these interesting icons at the base of a tree. From here I was beginning to get my first views from where I had just come from - Mt Shiroyama to the northwest and the settlement of Yadawaracho to the northeast, with Mt Kunimiyama in front of me. During my ascent I experienced many junctions, with tracks branching-off in different directions. But, all credit to the wardens of the track, my track was well signposted.
After departing the summit I now entered the Tou-no Mori Forest, and my next destination - Hiyoshi-jinja Shrine ( I had seen images on my Panoramio page and was keen to check the complex out).
The forest track, like the approach to Mt Kunimiyama, was well signposted, like in the image on the right. Here I am at the junction of the track to Hiyoshi-jinja, behind me, and the descent into the settlement of Bessho (I return to this point, after visiting the shrine, as it takes me to the next segment of my hike - The Nanamagari Path).
....Shimonobo Eisho-ji Temple.
The temple was founded in the year 712A.D. by the Japanese Buddhist Monk, Roben, who was also clerical founder of the Todai-ji Temple in Nara. It is not a very large complex but, what makes it even more spectacular, is the 800-year old Japanese Cedar overhanging the grounds. As I did with Hiyoshi-jinja, I shall let this video do the talking.
A bit further down the path from the temple, nestled in amongst the forest, is this interesting collection of Buddhist Icons, maybe with some connection to Shimonobo Eisho-ji.
From the icons, the path zigzag's down and connects with a stream and, after treading cautiously over a set of logs, resembling a bridge (image on the right), I come closer to the terminus of the path, and my return to civilization or, in this instance, route-24. Route-24 is a National Highway that commences it's journey in Osaka City, passes-through Nara, on it's way to Mie Prefecture. It's a very busy road, to say the least, and a rude awakening, after the past several hours of peace-and-quite and solitude of the forest.
From here my return to the J.R.Obitoke Station commences, and along the way I pass through the settlements of Nakahatacho, Koryujicho and Takahicho, taking-in some of the local sights. Like this dilapidated old house on the left.
As I had just missed my train, I had 40-minutes to wait for the next so, what better way to while-away my time, than with a hot cup of cafe au- lait. Just what the doctor ordered.
Well, it's been another great outing, and a pleasure to have shared it with you. I am already planning my return to the area. Maybe on that occasion I will be on two wheels. Maybe I will extend or find new tracks to explore. Who knows. So, until next time, Sayonara.
The links, to the "Map Location" throughout this post, may not be very accurate. I apologise for that. I am yet to master the updated "New Google Maps" 'site.
Full video of the today's hike.
Today's route, with images - http://ridewithgps.com/routes/3761195