The morning was tough. I got up at 05:30, but only got moving at 06:30. I went back to look at the big Torii gate, because I was so fascinated by it:
I wanted to make it to Yunomine Onsen in the morning, which was important, because otherwise the day would be too short. I walked the trail there, instead of taking the bus. I thought it was not far, but it was quite challenging. It was two kilometres over a high and steep hill/mountain. Oh, this way I was really thinking about giving up and going home after the Onsen.
I went to the Onsen, which was amazing and hurried to catch the bus to the next trailhead. I thought I could just walk a little while and then return when I have enough.
But once I was on the trail I felt a lot better. This section was pretty easy with only gentle ascends and descends. The way markers were flying by and I was on a great mood.
By now I stopped at every statue, Kami and spiritual place to get power for my quest.
In this part there were way less sights to see. Most of the sights were just teahouse ruins and a few statues.
The nature here was really peaceful though. The only annoyance from civilization in this part were planes though. There were actually a lot of planes flying over my head.
At one point there is a great view over the surrounding mountains.
On this section I saw two other hikers, a couple from Canada, that were on the bus with me when I started. I talked to them shortly.
I arrived to the next town late in the afternoon, which was around two. I felt a little bit lost.
I refilled my water, charged my phone and bought some food in the little store of the village. It was quite expensive, I payed over 2.000 yen for some bananas,an apple and various candy stuff. Some of which turned out to be not my taste at all.
I went onto the trail while the daylight was already slowly fading. My goal was a little rest area a little bit into this section.
I arrived there after about an hour. It was only two kilometres, but it was a tough climb. And my bag was killing me with all the water.
The rest area turned out to be really good though! I was very pleasantly surprised. There was running water, I could make a fire (there were some stones left from other people and the table was big enough to sleep on.
To have a nice dinner I needed hot water. As I didn’t make it to buy a proper stove in Osaka In had to improvise. Also I forgot to buy a lighter. Still I was pretty good prepared as I brought three nails, a fire stick and some fuel in form of tabs.
Making the fire though was really hard! My initial plan to get ignite some crumbs of the fuel failed. Also lighting some tree bark failed. I tried and tried. Then I took some toilet paper. it worked!! I could actually light it with my fire stick and with the toilet paper I got the fuel burning after a few attempts.
Soon I had a little fire on which I was boiling water for three hiking meals. They were delicious. I prepared my bed on the table and went to sleep with a happy belly.
This night I slept so well!! There were no animals around. Nobody disturbed me in my sleep. The only sounds were the gushing of a small stream nearby and during the night small rainfall from the leaves and onto the roof of the shelter. It was amazing. The air was fresh. Not too cold.
This was may be the best spot I have ever slept in my life. It was so good! I had some important dreams and in the morning I didn’t want to get up.
There are so many things that distract me and stress me. But here nothing of all of this was there. So good!!!!! I want to find a place like this more often. Perfect quietness. Ok, besides the rain and the stream, but that’s actually fine for me. 🙂