Our friend climbed Kinkazan yesterday, and when we saw her pictures, they looked really beautiful, so we decided to give it a go today. Normally, Japanese mountains are kind of like walking up a slope, because they pave the paths. Not Kinkazan. We chose the hardest path on the way up, and there were times when we basically had to scale a sloped cliff. Like, using hands and carefully finding footholds. It was super fun, though!!
Here is Gifu Castle from the bottom of the mountain. Unfortunately, there were tons of people in line to get inside, so once we made it up there, we skipped going in the castle.
A fountain in the park at the base of the mountain.
Here is the Gifu City manhole cover.
There was a really nice “waterfall garden” at the base of the mountain!
These figurines were on the roof of a pagoda in the Japan-China Friendship Garden.
It’s kind of hard to appreciate the steepness of this slope in the picture, but here is Teddy on the slope. It was steep. It would have seriously messed you up to fall down it.
Based on my “mountain climbing” experience in Japan, this is what I wore. Pro-tip: Wear jeans or shorts plus leggings to attempt this hike.
I love when tree roots look like this – I think it looks like the veins of the Earth!
The view from the top! It was kind of hazy, but really pretty!
This is another shot of the park at the base of the mountain.
After hiking, we got lunch at Saizariya, which is basically like Japanese Eat n Park. We got two salads like this…
A mushroom pizza…
A cheese pizza and 500 ml of wine for less than 1800 yen!
When we got back, we rode our bikes, and then had dinner with Krista. I made grilled eggplant parmesan, melon, parmesan, and mizuna salad, and pasta. Krista brought ice cream and snickerdoodles! It was delicious!
Well, that’s all for now!