Sunday 26 January 2020

Koshosan 古処山 Hiking in Asakura 2020/1/18

Koshosan 古処山 Hiking in Asakura 2020/1/18

Koshosan 古処山 is located in Asakura 朝倉市 in Fukuoka. The start point we used was from the famous village of Akizuki 秋月 which attracts lots of visitors each year in the Autumn to admire the beautiful red leaves. We hiked up on this day in winter and on a day when rain was a possibility. We got far but it did end up raining in the end on the return journey. Still we got to see a wild deer and enjoy this historic mountain. 

Access: You catch a bus to Akizuki from Amagi and there may be some buses from Hakata for sightseeing. We drove on this day and parked near the base of the mountain in a free parking area. 

We started the hike following a rocky river. The water was clear and fast flowing and every so often we found Buddhist statues. 

We had heard reports of wild deer in the area but we were still surprised when we came across one so easily. It seems to the a young one which would explain why we were able to sneak up on it. 

At the summit we set up the gas stove and made some food. However it was very cold and started to snow and then lightly rain. I abandoned plans to continue to other peaks (I will be back again for those!) We greeted some fellow hikers and started hiking back down. 

I used a slightly different route for part the way down. This one went through the forest and avoided the slippy stone path. 

It was a great hike but I feel that I need to go back and enjoy it on a clear day and also press on to the other peaks. 

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