Monday, April 24, 2017

Bike and Hike to Nijodake in Itoshima, Fukuoka.

About 25 K to the west of our Alishan is
Nijodake.

A wee mountain, a bit over 700 meters above sea-level.

I have climbed Nijodake more than 10 times, but always using the trail coming from the the south-side.
This time i parked the bike (after cycling those 25 kilometers) at the start of the hike, near the seaside.




Soooo Japanese!
This map is showing "facing direction",
and thus in this case: North is South (down).


Can't miss the start of the trail.






Well, and what a nice surprise: 
This trail is truly awesome. 
Well maintained and just a charm with a cool stream next to it.




Half way, i met this happy family.
Enjoying snack-time before continuing to the top.


The local dam...was empty.
But a small mountain stream supplied healthy clean drinking water.










Who was lucky with the weather?





Back at sea-level, the wheels were waiting and ready for 
a relaxed 25K peddle home.
That was a nice Bike and Hike.

Salute.

Friday, April 21, 2017

Bike and Hike to Kanayama in Fukuoka.

Bike and Hike to Kanayama.

One Sunday Morning in March, 7 AM:

The weather was perfect,
the fish-market was done and
the mountains were calling.
So....
No excuse Not to Go.


It was just an hour peddling with only at the end of the ride a little bit of elevation..
Easy.
Found a good spot to park and lock the horse.


Always something funny to read..
Never forget your camera ;-)


Nature is so much more in harmony than...


...this mikado of pipes, bars and wire...


Wayyy in the distance is Meinohama with Alishan.
And yes, we can see the top of Kanayama from our cockpit.




The top,  967.5m above Alishan's Floor level.



Here and there still some wintery stuff.









This too is Fukuoka.

Yep that was another nice Bike and Hike.
(BTW: At the trail, i met no more than 10 other hikers).

Salute.



Wednesday, April 12, 2017

Pre-arrival PaperWork for visiting yachts to Japan.

Noticed that a lot of links left and right to the 

JAPAN COAST GUARD

Pre Arrival PaperWork  have been broken.

This one still works:

http://www.kaiho.mlit.go.jp/ope/apply/hoan00-e.html

contact me if you need a fax/ mailing address.


Wednesday, March 29, 2017

February Fun Facts part 4, Around Mt Hiko, Kyushu

One crispy February morning found us 
at Mt Hiko, Kyushu.
Marijke with camera searching for birds,
and me with a small back-pack heading to the top and around.



 The famous temple at Mt Hiko is located at the end of this stone-steps-struggle.
(In making and in climbing).





The reward for climbing all these stone steps: 
You can ring this huge bell!



After the temple, there are still a few more stone steps, but later on the path becomes more knee-friendly. 
The trail is all well marked for the usually many climbers 
...but not this beautiful day. Met only a handful.


Awesome ice-particles as the ground was still freezing up at night/early morning.




Looking West....


...and looking East.



 The top as seen from the next hill-top.


 Going down at the other side from the mountain. 
One slippery part has these very-man-made-steps.



Who says stones don't grow....?


Time to refill the water bottle, do it here!


 At the end of the mountain trail there is, surprise, another temple.
Of course with a patiently waiting cow to be rubbed for your own health reasons. 





Hint for where to re-enter the trail ...



 Easy and pleasant going.


Yes, yes yes,
Deer!!



Showing off neh....



Mt Hiko famous noodle shop, 
run by the same owners for oodles of years.
Don't think the interior has changed much those years.
Luff it.
And yummy food too.




Spotted this Girls Festival Display at another location.


  Salute.