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Three train rides, a rural bus ride, and a tranquil hike up a mountain carries me from Japan's southern coast to a small monastery in central north Japan
The bus drops me in the middle of nowhere and I hike in drizzling rain up the 2 ½ mile, sliver-thin road that winds up the mountain. The final 150 ft. climb is across a moss-covered rock staircase that squeezes through a dense pine forest with just remnants of light reaching the forest floor.
... countryside give a deep appreciation of the quaint nature of the remote areas.
This northern seaside city is surrounded by mountains and is dotted with temples, shrines, museums and markets that show a bit more slow and quiet Japanese lifestyle. It was a bit surreal pacing the near-empty streets on this Sunday afternoon. It helped me prepare for my next step - a remote mountain temple.
After some souvenir buying we headed home. More or less. I kept ******* off the GPS by going my own way based on memory and rough knowledge of the area. Then I had this great Idea: I went to Yumura Onsen. On our last trip to Japan we visited the onsen town and I have fond memories of the place. Still do, despite the little adventure we had. I couldn't find a public parking place so we pulled over near the center of town and the kids got out to go to the ...
... hilly area with the surfy coast truely excited me.
The scenery I expected is like below.
I arrived in Tottori at half past 2 in the afternoon by bus. In the bus station, I caught a sight of a bus just leaving for the sand dunes, so I headed for the bus and waved to have the bus stopped. The driver realized me and he opened the door ...
... up a few snacks from a local minimart. Tottoris main attraction for visitors is its sand dunes, which are situated on the coast about 5km out of town. These dunes cover a large area, and they are massive , more like giant hills. It had just rained so they were easy to work up (quite easy but still steep). After creating some artworks in the sand, it started to drizzle again so ...