A couple weeks ago I took in some of the natural beauty in my area by climbing Ishizuchizan, a mountain southeast of Kagawa. Ishizuchi is the highest mountain on Shikoku Island, with an elevation of 6503 ft. Since it is much higher than our area we got a sneak peak of the fall colors.
Climbing mountains in Japan is rarely a solitary experience. I guess that’s to be expected in a country with such a high population density, but it still shocks me every time I’m stuck on a trail behind a couple hundred other people. Fortunately this trail had a couple options so the crowds became more tolerable at times. One portion of the trail offered some decent rock climbing. We scaled a wall with the assistance of chains. Not a huge challenge but a good way to shake things up a bit. Once we reached the shrine near the top the crowds once again became very apparent. People were practically sitting on top of each other to eat lunch.
We continued on to the end of the trail to escape the crowds and get a better view of the mountain. The views from the top were amazing, its been a long time since I have seen a mountain range, most mountains in Japan are stand alone. From there we could see the coast on one side and a mountain range on the other all decorated for fall by mother nature. The hike was a great way to take in some last minute mountains while the weather was still warm.