Two weeks ago one of our students took us hiking with him. I’m really lucky because Zach and a small group of our students really enjoy being outdoors, so I’m able to join them. The mountain we climbed is called Mt. Ontake. It’s the second highest volcano in Japan and has a religious aspect to it. On the way up there are shrines and statues dedicated to certain Gods and spirits.
The trail is surprisingly well-maintained. About half of it is stairs of rocks arranged into steps. It was pretty easy. It took us about 3 hours up and 2.5 down. I managed to do it without getting my shoes dirty even though it was pretty muddy.
At the top, there’s a lodge where you can buy little souvenirs and even a beer. There’s a HUGE shrine with marble stairs, pillars, and a giant Torii gate. It’s pretty impressive and I have no idea how they got it up there. On our way up, there was a guy carrying a heavy backpack loaded up with earthquake detection equipment. He said it weighed almost 100 lbs. He tried to trick us into carrying it for him. Sneaky man.
I took a lot of pictures and I want you to see them, so I put up a whole gallery. It’s way faster than adding each photo one by one. If you have any questions just leave a comment!