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Today we begin our self-guided hike.
Nakasendo Day 1 - Train to Magome and walk to TsumagoWalking distance : 8.3km
Elevation gain : 326m of ascent and 430m of descent
Time required : About 3 hoursSend your main luggage ahead from your accommodation before the Nakasendo Trail to the ryokan in Kiso-Fukushima where you will stay tomorrow night. You can manage with your overnight essentials in your daypack for your stay in ...
We were lucky, there was some rain, it was windy but not so bad that it would have been uncomfortable to climb. As long as we were climbing things, we kept warm. Resting becomes unpleasant as you are getting cold so quickly.
Towards to top it got a bit congested, there was a constant flow of climbers but noting to annoying. It looked really cool, seeing the line of head-torches bumping up and down, traveling they're way ...
8 km walk from walk Magemo to Tsumago.
The guide book and the tourist information centre told me that it would take 3hours to walk it.
However I only had 2, as I got up way to late to actually do this walk. What can I say i did it in 1 1/2 hours :)
Rock'n Roll!!!! found the coolest little coffee shop in Tsumago.
... the hell? Who cries at Sesame Street? And I wasn't feeling sad. I couldn't figure it out. Then I realized the crying was about acceptance and gratitude. Maybe Japan isn't what I thought it would be. Perhaps a lot of our outings won't be perfect and grandiose and romanticized. But we are here. We are here to live. Luckily we get to explore and have adventures, but our first priority is to be parents and responsible adults and sometimes that's not so fun. But that's life. ...
... s call it 'efficient' layout of the hut. One floor was divided in three layers, each which was filled with mattresses and sleeping bags which provided space for a total of about 200 persons. Worst of all, there were twice as many sleeping bags as there were mattresses, so we were all shoulder-to-shoulder packed next to each other. After a quick bite of the most basic of Japanese cuisine (curry rice) we tucked in to make the most of our short night.
In between ...