Thursday, 5 May 2022

Running Shikanoshima Island 小岳・大岳・勝山・衣笠山・弥五郎山・潮見山・堂山 2022/4/6

Running Shikanoshima Island 小岳・大岳・勝山・衣笠山・弥五郎山・潮見山・堂山 2022/4/6

I had another day off today so I went out again for some more running. I have never been to Shikanoshima before and noticed it has some small mountains (More like hills really) so I packed my bag and set off. 

I started at Saitozaki station and ran through Saitozaki stopping to visit two shrines on the way before hitting the road to Shikanoshima. The route is beautiful with lovely salty sea air and beaches to run through. Once getting to the Island I went up to Shikaumi shrine and then tried to go up many small mountains. However I couldn't find and trail, signs or even tape! So I ended up walking back and forth trying to work out the best routes, in the end I stuck to an old mountain road that went straight up to Yagoroyama and the observation deck there. I then carried on to some other small mountains and shrines before running back around using the road next ro the sea. The island is popular for cyclists so the road has an area for bikes which is also useful for runners. I visited a Mongolian monument and and park dedicated to gold stamps which were both along the road. I ended back at the ferry port and caught a ferry back to Saitozaki (They also go to Hakata port). It has a good run but I think it would be better not to bother trying to go to the small mountains so next time I will focus on running around the island.

 


 


 


Inunakiyama spring hike 西山(鮎坂山)・辰ノヘラ・往来岳・草場岳・御別館岳・脇田岳・犬鳴山(熊ヶ城)・砥石山 2022/4/110

Inunakiyama spring hike 西山(鮎坂山)・辰ノヘラ・往来岳・草場岳・御別館岳・脇田岳・犬鳴山(熊ヶ城)・砥石山 2022/4/10


We have been lucky lately with so many beautiful spring days. 

I went to Koga and caught a bus from the station to Komono bus stop and started hiking from there. The area has many small mountains so I tried to choose a suitable path. I went up to Nishiyama first and then hiked a long to the Inunaki dam. From there I climbed up Inunakiyama, with my legs feeling exhausted and tired. I went down a route which ended up being steep and rocky and found myself on the wrong side of "No entry" sign. It was safe but I went up to the main road and found it a little scary walking along such a busy road. At this point I wanted go stop bit there was no easy way back. I walked back up to the dam and walked around the reservoir to make my way back to the bus. Click on the link for route map and more pictures 

 


 


 



Sensuiyama Kuroiwayama Kuju hiking and Onigiriyama 黒岩山・上泉水山・泉水山 Onigiriyama! 小にぎり山・おにぎり山 2022/4/2

 Sensuiyama Kuroiwayama Kuju hiking and Onigiriyama  黒岩山・上泉水山・泉水山 Onigiriyama! 小にぎり山・おにぎり山 2022/4/2


Starting from Chojabaru we caught the community bus up to Makinoto and hiked up Kuroiwayama first before continuing to Sensuiyama. Lots of wonderful views of Kuju and we could even see Mt. Aso bellowing smoke in the distance. The weather stayed good and we completed the hike in good time returning to Chojabaru.

After finishing our Sensuiyama hike we drove around to the other side to so a short extra hike up Onigiriyama. We hiked up past lots of steaming vents with super heated hot spring water. The area around the mountain was black from recent managed burning of grass lands. At the top we ate Onigiri rice balls and them hiked down to find an onsen (Hot spring) to bath in.
 
Click on the links for the route map and more pictures Sensuiyama Onigiriyama

 


 

 


 


Friday, 4 February 2022

Nogata hiking: Mutsugatake and lots of small steep mountains 六ヶ岳 2022/1/15

 Nogata hiking: Mutsugatake and lots of small steep mountains 六ヶ岳 2022/1/15

I had to make a plan but in my characteristic style I had multiple plans that I was juggling until the last moment. In the end I decided on heading to inland Fukuoka to Nogata city. This is my first hike of Mutsugatake and it was tiring with lots of up and down. I decided during hiking not to try and do all of it and instead pick the mountains to hike saving the others for a future trip. Most of the peaks just had small signs and no view but the view from Mutsugatake itself were great giving a 360 degree view of the area. After relaxing and letting my legs recover I carried on to more small peaks. On the way back I walked through the countryside and fields enjoying the rural feel of the area. Click here for the route map and more pics! 

A great mountain to hike for the views!

 


 


 


Wednesday, 22 December 2021

Wakisugiyama, Temples, Shrines and snow 米ノ山・若杉山・岳城山・雑木山 2021/12/18

Wakisugiyama, Temples, Shrines and snow 米ノ山・若杉山・岳城山・雑木山 2021/12/18

My first snow hike of the year! I climbed Wakasugiyama enjoying visiting the many temples and shrines on the way. As I hiked the snow started and covered the trees and statues with a thin fluffy layer of snow. I headed up to Komenoyama 米ノ山 first which has great views before hiking over to Wakisugiyama 若杉山

I stopped at the top of Wakasugiyama 若杉山 for lunch and then continued on to Takejosan 岳城山 which was my first visit to this mountain. I didn't know which direction to hike after that but finally decided on going down to Suechuo station. 

I checked the train time and ended up having to run to catch my train! Now home to make Mince pies which are traditional English food for Christmas and what English children put out for Santa along with a glass of Sherry. Click here for the route map! 

 


 


 


 


 


 


First winter hike: Kusenbuyama by rail 杓子ヶ峰・奥山・九千部山・石谷山

First winter hike: Kusenbuyama by rail 杓子ヶ峰・奥山・九千部山・石谷山 2021/12/4 

Winter has started although it is still warm during the day time in Kyushu. I left this house this morning with no clear plan of where to go or what to do. I just packed my bag, left the house and went to the station. I then decided to get off at Yayoigaoka station 弥生が丘駅 and walked past the bustling premium Tosu outlet stores and continued out into the mountains. On the way up a woman tending her vegetables called me over to warn me about monkeys in the mountain. I told her that I wanted to see them but she looked annoyed and said they are dangerous! Ha ha Unfortunately I didn't find any monkeys. 

I went up some smaller mountains before reaching the dam and continuing up to Kusenbuyama. It was great to use a new route as I have only hiked from the Fukuoka side in the past. I attention a late lunch on Kusebuyama 九千部山 and then continued to Ishidaniyama 石谷山 and down to the Ochouzu waterfall 御手洗の滝. I got worried that it may get dark before I could make it down so picked up my pace, I thought that I should pack a headlamp if I plan to wonder so aimlessly, silly me. In end it was fine as came to the station with about half an hour of daylight left. Click on the title or here for the route map and more pictures! 

 

 


 


 


 


 


Tuesday, 30 November 2021

Tagawa Ganjakuyama hiking and Genjinomori camping 稲荷山・岩石山

 Tagawa Ganjakuyama hiking and Genjinomori camping 稲荷山・岩石山 2021.28 to 29

For the last days of Autumn we went to Tagawa to hike Ganjakuyama and camp at Genjinomori. 

The mountain was once the shite of a castle. It isn't surprising when you reach the top as the mountain commands splendid views of the surrounding area. The hike is quite short but it us steep in some places. We all hiked up together but I took a different route to get down which was a lot steeper with chains and ropes. Soeda park at the bottom also has many beautiful maple trees and nice Autumn colours. Click on the title for the route map and Yamap post! 

 


 


 



After exploring the mountain we headed over to a farm shop where the kids begged me to buy them candy floss (Cotton candy in American English). After that we went to the Genjinomori 源じいの森 campsite and booked into our cabin and set up a campfire and BBQ. Lots of delicious meat and toasted marsh mellows! We ended the evening with a trip to the onsen 源じいの森温泉 which is discounted if you stay in the campsite.

 


 


 



Next up winter hiking!