After a short break, we headed back onto the trail. At the top of Hodaiyama we saw this group setting up for their New Year's lunch on the mountain. The first hike of the year is a big deal here. Since our hike turned out to be beautiful, maybe our year will also be amazing?! :)
After being fantastically energized at Junko's, we made our way back out and towards Miura Fuji again. Now, the details get a bit sketchy here. Which is a big reason why today's hike was one of my favorites. We were able to get on a trail and walk (climb, huff and puff) for several hours. So...don't expect too many technical details about the trails. Mkay? :D
A short walk through the city of Tsukuihama, a left turn at a park, a right turn after the park, a curious look-see over a fence or two, and eventually we found the incredibly steep trail up the mountain.
Down the street and after an accidental walk into a school parking lot, we found ourselves at the bottom of many, many stairs. So, we climbed up and up and up. I have no idea what this place is called or how in the world to tell you to get there. Sorry, like I said before, details are sketchy. I may have been working at a decreased brain capacity due to the burning in my quads and the screaming from my lungs.
There was a row of statues toward the back of the park. This guy had pretty cool facial features. Each one seemed to be holding something different and had a different expression on his face. There were ten in a row.