Monday, 1 March 2021

Hiking in Sasaguri, Unebaruyama : Last hike of the Winter as Spring really starts. 畝原山・鉾立山・三ッ頭山・靏ヶ尾山・大倉嶺・飯盛山

 Hiking in Sasaguri, Unebaruyama the Narufuchi Dam 鳴淵ダム : Last hike of the Winter as Spring really starts. 畝原山・鉾立山・三ッ頭山・靏ヶ尾山・大倉嶺・飯盛山 2021.2.27

Winter is almost over and to mark the end and my Birthday I went for a solo hike in Sasaguri. I started at Chikuzenyamate station 筑前山手駅 and walked up to Narufuchi Dam 鳴淵ダム to start hiking. I walked around a number of mountains including Unebaruyama 畝原山. Some nice views and good views of the reservoir. The start of the climb was steep and a little challenging but after that I stayed pretty high in the mountains and it was a relaxing hike for the most part. Make sure you prepare well before attempting this hike as there are no shops around the station although there are some drink machines at the Dam and toilets. 

 


 


 


Tuesday, 23 February 2021

Yukuhashi hiking: The Kanda alps and Takajosan 大久保山・大平山・諫山・高城山 2021.2.20

 Yukuhashi hiking: The Kanda alps and Takajosan 大久保山・大平山・諫山・高城山 2021.2.20


The weather this weekend really feels like spring! I decided not to waste the weather and get out to hike. I decided on Yukuhashi and Takajosan. I had been planning on hiking in this area since visiting Hiraodai last year. The area has many small peaks and some great views. The trails are very well looked after with a lot of love and going into their up keep. I hiked station to station and decided to explore a lot on the way. 

This lead me to many interesting shrines and features. The first small mountain was a shrine mountain which seems to have a small tomb on the top. Later on I spotted what looked like a cave across the lake, I went closer to investigate and found it to be a temple located in a cave in the mountain called Uchioyama Shoen Temple. It was a great hike so I am glad I made the effort to get out and hike!

As usual link on the title to see the route map on Yamap! 

 


 


 


Wakamatsu Hiking: Ishimineyama and Takatoyama 高塔山・石峰山 & Mizumaki hiking four small mountains 朳山・明神ヶ辻山・多賀山・豊前坊山 double hiking day! 2021/1/30

 Wakamatsu Hiking: Ishimineyama and Takatoyama 高塔山・石峰山 & Mizumaki hiking four small mountains 朳山・明神ヶ辻山・多賀山・豊前坊山 double hiking day! 2021/1/30 


For this day I went to two hiking area just down the train tacks from each other. 

After a rainy weekend last weekend I decided to try and do a lot this Saturday. The weather was not great but the sun broke through the clouds a few times and I even saw a little snow. 

Wakamatsu is ward of Kitakyushu city. The area is coastal on one side and has a lot of industry on the other. This hike had great views of Kitakyushu city as well as Sarakurayama. It was an easy hike with lots of Shrines and views points.

Two hikes on the same day. In the morning I hiked in Wakamatsu and for the afternoon I went back down the train line to Mizumaki for a short course of four small mountains. 

The weather improved so I got some nice views of the area and the Onga river. The Yamap model course has some strange choices. If you plan to hike this area I would recommend using the I used here as I think it is easier.

As usual click on the title for the links to the route maps on Yamap! 

Wakamatsu Area

 


 


 



Mizumaki Area




 




 



Sunday, 24 January 2021

Takeo hiking: Mifuneyama and Sakurayama in Saga 御船山・桜山 2021/1/13

 Takeo hiking: Mifuneyama and Sakurayama in Saga 御船山・桜山 2021/1/13

I love Onsen (Hot springs)! I come from near the city of Bath in the UK which is home to natural baths made by the Roman's and enjoyed for many years after them. The train station is called Bath Spa which reminds me of Takeoonsen station! 

I had an unplanned day off so I decided to take a short hike around the town of Takeo in Saga prefecture. The mountains here are steep and rocky and are similar to the geology to nearby Kurokamiyama in Arita town. I hiked up Mifuneyama first using an old and unloved route before walking to Takeo shrine which has some very old trees. The trees are old camphor trees (Takeo no Okutsu) and bring to mind Treebeard the Ent in lord of the rings. I then hiked up to Sakurayama which is directly behind Takeo onsen and ate some lunch. I finished the hike by heading to the onsen to look around the old building and then for a bath in the newly made building. The water is soft and hot and felt great! 

I recommend Takeo onsen if you are looking for an easy hike there is a Kyushu Olle course which I did a few years ago. 

As usual click on the title to visit the Yamap post and route map

 


 


 


Snow hiking January 2021 Happy NEW YEAR! 2021/1

 Snow hiking January 2021 Happy NEW YEAR! 2021/1


It has been very snowing this January and I have been on a bunch of snow hikes. I have found the new crampons really useful in climbing in the snow so I highly recommend you get some for yourselves if you plan to hike in snow and ice. Below are a bunch of hikes, you can find the route maps on Yamap by clicking on the headings, Enjoy! 

 


 


 



Monday, 21 December 2020

Oita Hiking: Yufudake snow hike, Merry Christmas! 由布岳・飯盛ヶ城・青梅台・水口山 2020.12.20

Oita Hiking: Yufudake snow hike, Merry Christmas! 由布岳・飯盛ヶ城・青梅台・水口山 2020.12.20

For the last weekend before Christmas me and a friend went to Yufudake in Oita. My last hike was an Autumn hike which went from Tsurumi to Yufudake. For this hike we started at at the Yufudake starting point and hiked up to the Nishimine peak. Then we went down to Imorigajo where we had some lunch. We then took the gentle trail to Mizuguchiyama which walks through some beautiful woodland, we even saw three large deer. We just missed a bus so had a coffee and relaxed before taking the Yufurin coach bus down to Beppu again. 

We saw a lot of snow at the top which was great and make for some wonderful scenery and put us in the Christmas spirit! 

We finished the day at a Beppu near the sea (Which was too expensive for what is was) and then enjoyed a beer on the way back to Fukuoka. Click on the title for the route map

 


 


 


Nagasaki city Hiking Inasayama and more 金比羅山 天狗山 稲佐山 鉢巻山 2020.12.19

 Nagasaki city Hiking Inasayama and more 金比羅山 天狗山 稲佐山 鉢巻山 2020.12.19

I decided to use the cheap JR Kyushu ticket one more time. For this Saturday I went to Nagasaki city to hike Inasayama and bunch of others in the area as well as Nagasaki's peace park and city atmosphere. I set off first for Kompirasan, this walk was very smooth, like many local mountain areas in Kyushu it was not too difficult and had good views from the top. I went down and walked though Nagasaki city, the houses and tiny streets are like a maze so I was glad to have a map to follow. I went through peace park and sat for a while before carrying on to Inasayama. The trail was steep and pretty wild. I saw just one rock climber along the way and a few hikers near the top. At the top there is a park and view towers.

The views from Inasayama are great. From the viewing platform there is a 360 degree view. I wanted to hike along to the coast but down my route for decent very slow going with lots of climbing unnamed peaks and route to climb down with. Near the bottom I saw a very large wild boar which stared at me before running off in the same direction I was walking!

I came down but couldn't work out the trail to continue so I caught a bus back to the centre from a nearby bus stop. I managed to get great views and hit all the main mountains and points but felt frustrated I couldn't complete my original plan. Click on the title to see the route map, there are a few moments were I got a little lost of strayed from the trail though, I would advise hiking to Inasayama and use the cable car down.