Thursday, February 22, 2018

With Esther the Car on the Move in Saga ken.

In January we took Esther the RV
 for a weekend spin around 
Mt Tara in Saga ken, Kyushu.

This part of Japan and especially at this time of the year
 it is off-the-beaten-track.
Nice and quiet.
First day was exploring birdlife near the Ariaki Sea, next day was land-inwards.

There are truly zillion of soaking options in Saga ken, so of course we enjoyed a wonderful bath at one of the hot-springs.

Slept a peaceful sleep at the parking lot near a playground park (super clean toilets),
and woke up next morning to a wintery wonderland with snow at the higher altitude roads.
(Both hotspring and parking area are along route 444, 
not far from each other).


Typical mountain road...
1 car at a time.


The sudden change in weather made it into a magic scenery.


 Esther the RV.
Small, cozy and multi purpose. 


The fields across this valley have some tea crops.
So now you know how Iced Tea is grown ;-)



Traditional farm-house.
Luff those roof constructions.



Steaming hills.


Things you see when driving around Saga ken....


...and things you eat in Ureshino, small town famous for its hot springs and.....
Tofu nabe.
Wake me up any time!! 
Yummy.

See Marijke's blog for the birding part:

click HERE


Exploring Kyushu by RV, 
Way to Go.

Salute.

Saturday, February 10, 2018

Do you smell that too? Is Spring in the Air?

Last Monday and Tuesday it was still weather like this:  








Confusing neh.


But then on Friday,
a warm weather front came to town.
So, quickly the hiking shoes got out and off we went to
Mt Kanondake in Imajuku, a mere 20 minute drive.


  Start of the trail, ample parking, a vending machine, a toilet
walking aids and more important: a mountain spring supplying fresh and tasty drinking water to fill the flask.


 At the top, facing West, Itoshima countryside.


Facing East.
Down there is Fukuoka.
So near, so far.


 Facing North.
Hakata Bay with Nokonoshima in the center.
That was a pleasant 3 hour hike.
Isn't Fukuoka a wonderful place to live at?
Town, sea, mountains. All nearby.


And oh boy,
Do i smell Spring....?

Salute.

Monday, January 15, 2018

Mt Raizan in the Snow January 2018

In mid January, 
we had two days of snowfall on the mountains of Fukuoka.
So we quickly grabbed our cameras, 
put on our hiking gear and set off to explore...
Ahum, it's not really exploring anymore as we know this place already so well...
....but the snow...... That's a Bonus.

These pictures tell the story.
Mt Raizan, the highest peak in this picture is our goal.
But first a pit-stop is at and around the famous

Sennyoji Temple.



































Usually it takes me 2 hours to climb to the top of Mt Raizan.
The snow made it slow going:  2 hours and a half.

The scenery and atmosphere was awesome.
Lucky to have been able to start early AM, only a few other hikers had been there before.
Going down, the trail was already flattened by the many food-steps.

Salute.