2016 Japan winter trip (day 6)

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January 28

4:47 am – Got up

6:18 am – Off we go

8:01 am – Hello again
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I was very happy to see the walking stick where I left it two days ago.

8:07 am – 北山 (East) Trail board #25
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8:08 am – 北山 (East) Trail board #26-1
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8:10 am – 北山 (East) Trail board #26-2
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I now know what -2 degrees Celsius feels like.

8:26 am – 北山 (East) Trail board #27
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8:34 am – 北山 (East) Trail board #28
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8:38 am – 北山 (East) Trail board #29
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8:42 am – Blocked path
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The path to the trail was blocked. As I wrote this, I remembered the gate I encountered last Tuesday. I zoomed in on the image and noticed it had the same hinge-type locks. I can’t be sure if I could have opened the gate though.

9:04 am – 北山 (East) Trail board #30
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I went back to #28 and followed the road to get to #30.

9:07 am – A warning
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Saw this near #30.

9:10 am – 北山 (East) Trail board #31
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9:28 am – 北山 (East) Trail board #33
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There was the same sign with the bear on the entrance to the forested area going to #32. I intentionally skipped #32 and again followed the road to get to #33.

9:38 am – 北山 (East) Trail board #34
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9:42 am – 北山 (East) Trail board #35-1
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9:47 am – 北山 (East) Trail board #35-2
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9:53 am – 北山 (East) Trail board #36
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9:56 am – 北山 (East) Trail board #37
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10:02 am – 北山 (East) Trail board #38
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10:04 am – 北山 (East) Trail board #39-1
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10:05 am – 北山 (East) Trail board #39-2
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10:35 am – 北山 (East) Trail board #40
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10:37 am – 北山 (East) Trail board #41
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10:54 am – 北山 (East) Trail board #42
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10:57 am – 北山 (East) Trail board #43
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11:01 am – Kuramadera
I couldn’t see #44 and #45 on the map so I decided to not follow the marked path directly to #46. I made a detour through the nearby temples and shrines.
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I encountered another dead end…

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…but the correct path was behind me.

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A lot more steps.

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I got here at 11:53 am. This is the main temple hall. Too bad this is the only picture i have of it.

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On the way to Kifune Jinja.

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The road to Kifune Jinja.

12:50 pm – Kifune Jinja
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I saw this exact image on a postcard once. The difference was the snow covering the steps and lanterns.

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Going back.

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This torii gate is more than 2 kilometers away from the steps.

1:45 pm – Resting
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Took a break and ate some nuts.

2:00 pm – On the way to #46
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This is the only picture with me in it.

2:10 pm – 北山 (East) Trail board #46
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I originally planned to temporarily skip the Kitayama (北山) West trail and continue with the Nishiyama (西山) trail but decided to go home and call it a day. Turns out my thighs haven’t fully recovered yet.

2:11 pm – Goodbye again
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Left my walking stick near a bus stop.

3:44 pm – Late lunch
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Ate some udon and beef bowl.

4:37 pm – Home sweet home
I hopped on a wrong bus going back. Good thing it was still early and I immediately recognized when the bus took a different route.

5:18 pm – The roof
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I checked out the roof of the building as I ate some more nuts.

5:23 pm – Shinkansen
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It’s the white blur.

5:28 pm – The detour
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So, I was taking a second look at the flyers I got from Kuramadera and Kifune Jinja and found out the detour I took was a little over 5 kilometers.


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