Climbing Kinkazan

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!!

Kinkazan 002r

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.

Kinkazan 008r

A fountain in the park at the base of the mountain.

Kinkazan 009r

Here is the Gifu City manhole cover.

Kinkazan 020r

There was a really nice “waterfall garden” at the base of the mountain!

Kinkazan 025r

These figurines were on the roof of a pagoda in the Japan-China Friendship Garden.

Kinkazan 045r

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.

Kinkazan 051r

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.

Kinkazan 054r

I love when tree roots look like this – I think it looks like the veins of the Earth!

Kinkazan 073r

The view from the top! It was kind of hazy, but really pretty!

Kinkazan 097r

This is another shot of the park at the base of the mountain.

Saizeriya 001

After hiking, we got lunch at Saizariya, which is basically like Japanese Eat n Park. We got two salads like this…

Saizeriya 002r

A mushroom pizza…

Saizeriya 003r

A cheese pizza and 500 ml of wine for less than 1800 yen!

Dinner with Krista 001r

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!

2 Comments (+add yours?)

  1. Marie Elder
    May 05, 2014 @ 03:11:15

    Beautiful! I like the manhole covers…what a good idea to make them look pretty!

    Reply

  2. Barbara Lange
    May 05, 2014 @ 10:21:26

    I like the tree roots also, very nice description, ” the veins of the earth”!,

    Reply

Leave a Reply

Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in:

WordPress.com Logo

You are commenting using your WordPress.com account. Log Out / Change )

Twitter picture

You are commenting using your Twitter account. Log Out / Change )

Facebook photo

You are commenting using your Facebook account. Log Out / Change )

Google+ photo

You are commenting using your Google+ account. Log Out / Change )

Connecting to %s

%d bloggers like this: