This next map covers the area from Ninose Station to Kiyotaki, at the base of Mt Atago, and is not recommended for the fainthearted, as it is very hilly in places. But the scenery along the way is nothing short of spectacular. And there is history abound, in the shape of Himura-jinja Shrine (you will need to scroll-down to the bottom of the page) Jingo-ji Temple, at Takao, then, if you have the energy, climb Mt Atago (924m) and check-out Atago-jinja Shrine while there. There is a bus, from the settlement of Kiyotaki, that will take you into Kyoto.
The final map takes you from the settlement of Kiyotaki through Arashiyama and finishing at the Hankyu Kamikatsura Station. Along the way you will experience such sights as the Gio-ji Temple, the Togetsu-gyo Bridge, Mt Matsuoyama and the famous Moss Gardens of Koke-dera Temple. When you alight your bus, your path takes you to the Kiyotaki River which you follow to the junction of the Katsura River, and whence you ascend along a sealed lane (route-50) that brings you down to the Saga area of Arashiyama. This is an ideal opportunity to purchase those souvenirs for loved-ones back home.
A fifth course requires you to travel out of the confines of Kyoto City and head West along route-162 (the Kyoto-to-Obama Road) to the settlement of Shuzan. There is very little I can tell you of this course as I have only driven through the area and never stopped to check-out the surrounding countryside. But, from what I have read & seen on 'Google Maps', a certain amount of fitness would be required.
The above image is of the Kyoto basin, with the hills and mountains that surround the city. The red line is the full 'Kyoto Trail' course (I am sorry if it is not very clear). On the rear of each map are details of particular points-of-interest for where you are at the time, and are also written in English.
I say this all the time, and this occasion is no different from the others - the public transport system in Japan is second-to-none, and access to-and-from each course is frequent, reliable and on time. Whether it is a bus you require, or a train or subway, you have no need to worry. The map on the right shows you what public transport is available to get you there-and-back.
Throughout the course, at particular junctions along the way, are marker posts showing your present location, and where to proceed to from there, and are numbered in conjunction with the numbers on your map. Also there are many trail-boards highlighting a point of interest in your vicinity, and again also in English.
Over the coming months I plan to complete two of the courses, albeit not exactly to the map details - Kyotaki to Ohara - and do them over two days. I am also looking into checking-out the Shuzan course, and plan to make that a two day outing. When completed, I shall compose a blog with report, photos and video.
To tempt your adventurous taste-buds, I shall finish here with a few images from a recent hiking trip into the Himuro-jinja Shrine area (from the Ninose-to-Kiyotaki Map). This is Japanese rural scenery at it's very best.
So, until next time,
Further reading - Trail Course and Highlights.
I would like to acknowledge 'Trans-word+' for allowing me to use information from their website.