Much of Hiroshima prefecture consists of mountains leading towards bordering Shimane prefecture which is welcome news for my father-in-law and I as we both enjoy mountain climbing and so gives us an interest which we can share together. After just one rest day following my sole venture in Okayama, the activities began again as went to do some rock climbing at Mount Mikura-dake.
This mountain is located in Ōtake city and what I love about it is that it is clearly visible from the bottom and is actually something very beautiful to look at thanks to the sacred mountain of granite protruding from the forested area surrounding it.
At only 702 metres I wasn’t expecting too much trouble with the climb but you wouldn’t have thought that given the amount of things which my father-in-law loaded me up with! We certainly weren’t going to go short of energy jelly drinks on this climb! Whilst not as much as I lugged up Mount Fuji, I probably ended up carrying more stuff for this one than I did when I climbed the 1499 metre Meakan-dake in Hokkaido in June 2015.
Many plants and animals grow and live in the the forest at the foot of the mountain where there are also camping options available. July and August are supposed to be the liveliest months for camping but, of the 87 tent sites available, very few were being used when we passed by.
It was steep at times but I wasn’t really expecting such vertical parts like you can see below where chains and ropes were on hand to assist with ascending the rock.
The views from the top of Asahi-dake, the first of the three peaks, really were wonderful and use of the selfie stick was a requirement! When absolutely no-one is around at all I find no embarrassment in using one!
We were only able to climb two of the three peaks for some reason so after conquering Naka-dake (the middle peak) we began our descend.
There are actually true vertical rock climbing options (below) with ropes and so on as we saw a small group of climbers scaling the 120 metre wall towards the end of our venture.
Having started just before 9am we finished around 11:15 am and only when we got back to the Rest Loghouse (where our wives were waiting) at the foot of Mikura-dake for a drink and some lunch did I notice the above sign about bears!
When it comes to mountains in Hiroshima there really are many options beyond Mount Misen in Miyajima and as we continue to visit Hiroshima often each year there should be ample opportunity to climb a few more of them.
After Mikura-dake we went to a nearby rocky river area called Jagui (below) which was packed with holiday-makers cooling off from the blazing sunshine. It did feel nice to wade into the water and refresh myself a bit after the rock climbing and was a shame that I didn’t have my actual swimming shorts with me so that I could have gone fully in.
Everyone seemed to be enjoying the water apart from Momiji (below) who, unlike most dogs, really doesn’t like water which we kind of knew beforehand anyway!
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