Last month, I went with my hiking club to a place called Soni Kogen, in Nara prefecture.
If there is a Japanese word you should learn before going to this place, that would be Susuki 薄, which refers to the beautiful pampas grass that covers all that area as you can see in the picture above.
We went by car as it is not a very easy to reach place. Although I just found in this blog that it is possible to reach the place by public transport.
The hike was organized by Masa, a very nice and talkative Japanese guy who took care of all the details.
The hike usually starts at the parking lot, where diligent workers are counting and directing the traffic :D
Right from the start you can appreciate the beautiful fields of yellow grass. The place somehow recalled me of my hikes in Bieszczady, in the south of Poland.
Following the trail up you get really nice views of Nara and Mie mountains.
And the good thing is that this hike is really easy. Everybody can do it, from the just arrived to the more grown up guys out there ;). I even saw Japanese girls with full make-up and long heels climbing it!
Also I would like to mention that all the club members that participated were really nice and friendly. We had many talks and I learned many Japanese words from them! Thank you all :D
Once on the "almost" top we had to pay some fee to access the top of the mountain, Mt. Kuroso (倶留尊山). It was a bit stupid but at least two nice local Japanese children gave us some kakis hehe
Both the place and the weather were fantastic so I took many photos :D. There were many families having a day trip and I really enjoyed taking pictures of Japanese children.
The day came to an end and we were all happy an satisfied with the trip. But there were still two nice surprises waiting for us. First, we went to a wonderful open-air onsen (sorry, no pictures hehe) were we could relax our bodies.
And then we made a stop to eat in a famous cheap yakiniku (fried meat) restaurant in Kameyama city called Kamehachi Shokudou. It was delicious!! :D