Wednesday, 4 November 2020

Kumamoto hiking: Tamana, Shodaisan: Kanondake 観音岳 and two other mountains 丸山 筒ヶ岳 2020.11.3

 Kumamoto hiking: Tamana, Shodaisan: Kanondake 観音岳 and two other mountains 丸山 筒ヶ岳 2020.11.3

It was culture day which is a national holiday in Japan. We drove down to Kumamoto to the Onsen (Hot spring) town of Tamana. Shodaisan is a prefectural nature park which a number of smallish mountains. We parked near Rengein Tanjoji Okunoin a large temple. There is a campsite and a park visitor centre nearby and lots of parking. We first hiked up to Maruyama and then continued to the main peak of Kanondake. Are taking some photos and a short rest we went to the last mountain of Tsutsugatake. We hiked back down following a route to the campsite. 

After the hike we went to 菊水ロマンの湯. The area is next to a historical park (Higo Kodai no Mori) with many Kofun burial tombs. There are also a number of work shops and educational places there there is even audio guide which has an English option! Right next to the historical park is a farm shop with fresh locally produced food and on the second floor is an onsen. The onsen is small but cheap at 400Yen for a bath and shampoo etc. provided. 

A great way to spend culture day! Click on title to link to the route map!

 


 


 


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