It finally feels like spring!!! We have had gorgeous sunny weather this week so we decided to soak it all up on Kris’ day off by going hiking! A taxi driver ( yes, he spoke English!) had told me about an area called Mitaki, which means “three waterfalls”, he said that it has great hiking and is a very peaceful area. I googled the area ( what did we do before the internet?) and found the train we needed to take to get there. From Hiroshima train station is was a short ten minute train ride. The train dropped us off at the smallest train stop we have experienced since I have been here, I loved it, it was like we were in the suburbs.
I loved this little house and beautiful blue roof. We enjoyed looking at all the houses on our walk to the actual trail, because in the city it is just apartment buildings.
Before getting to the actual hike you get to experience this peaceful area surrounded by temples, buddhist statues, a pagoda, and three gorgeous waterfalls.
These stone monuments are said to have many poems of peace on them.
I read that this area is gorgeous in the fall when the Maple tress change colors, but we spotted a few red ones that were so pretty. This is the Two Story Pagoda built in 1526, and moved to Hiroshima in 1951 to console the souls of victims who died in the atomic bombing.
I wish I could read Japanese so that I could tell you what these statues mean, but all I can say is this entire area was so peaceful and relaxing.
There were a ton of coins in this pond, so we decided to make a wish as well.
All it said in English was “Big Bell” haha, but Kris followed what the ladies in front of us did, which was bow, ring the bell, then bow again. It really was such a neat experience because it was so quiet and the bell made such a pretty sound.
This shaded pathway was so pretty, Mother Nature is an amazing thing.
We stopped at this cute little hut next to the main temple ( people were in the temple praying so I chose not to take a picture) and bought our zodiac animal which is based on year you were born…I am a rabbit and Kris is a rat. I really wanted to be a dragon, what animal are you?
The scenery on the hike up was absolutely beautiful.
These pictures do not do the bamboo trees justice. They were absolutely breathtaking and there was hundreds of them all around us. This is a picture at what we thought was the “top of the mountain” we stopped here and had our lunch we packed, not realizing we still had a 30 minute hike to the top.
The last 30 minutes was a very steep, sweaty, hike and if you know me I am not the biggest fan of any bug that flies…but this view was worth it all. ( Even the huge butterflies that were flying like crazy at the top….yes I am afraid of butterflies, I would rather see a spider!)
We then started to make our way back down. The trail on the way back down was a little nonexistent and I fell twice from it being so steep, but we laughed about it and Kris found me a walking stick. haha.
The tower in this picture is where we were when we thought we were at the top of the mountain. When we were there I asked Kris where the top was and how do we get back down he said ” I don’t know but there is no way it is way over there.” We laughed pretty hard when we ended up exactly where we thought we wouldn’t.
The way back down was the only time we got a little lost. This was the sign, and there really wasn’t any path. We went the wrong way for about five minutes, but our second choice was the right way. I was amazed that while we were hiking we only saw 3 people and they were all men hiking alone and were probably in their seventies!! It just goes to prove staying active is great for your health. The hike was not easy, but it was so fun and the best kind of work out!
We finished the day eating at an open air bar and watching the Carp play on TV! We hung out with these girls most of the night, they were so fun! One of them even had Kris sign her iPhone! (I don’t even like him that much 😉 just kidding!!) It was a great end to a fun day off!
Thanks for stopping by I hope you enjoyed the super long post!