Climbing Yukawa-san (Mt. Yukawa)

It was a beautiful sunny day today, so I decided to go for a long hike from my house in Munakata Common to climb up Yukawa-san (Mt. Yukawa). This mountain is 471m tall and overlooks Kanezaki fishing village and the islands called Ohshima and Jinoshima. From the summit you can also see along the coast towards Kitakyushu. It really is a fantastic view and well worth the climb. Coming down the other side of the mountain, I walked home a different route through the fields. I’ve made a map of the route, which was about 12km I guess:

And here are a few of the many photos I took on the hike.

Location: (google map).

Climbing Jouyama (Mt. Jou)

The kids and I decided to celebrate the 1st of December with a hike up one of our nearby mountains, Jouyama (369m). It looked pretty with the autumn colours, and plenty of other people had also decided to climb. The hike is up a steep path but there are plenty of steps and the distance is only around 2km (round trip), so it’s not too bad. The view from the top is really impressive – right across Munakata and out to the islands.

In the small hut on the summit is a visitors’ book, in which everyone writes their names and how many times they’ve climbed the mountain so far this year. Lots of people had written 100, 200 or even 300 times. The kids proudly signed our names and wrote “once” for our number of times!!

Location: Jouyama is located above Fukuoka University of Education in Akama (map).

Mt. Tsurugi in Kurate

It was a beautiful morning, so I decided to visit Mt. Tsurugi Nature Park (tsurugidake shizenkouen), which is located in Kurate, Fukuoka Prefecture. I drive within about a kilometer of the park every morning on my way to work, but this was only my second visit. After finding the place so full of flowers and insects, I’ll certainly be calling in again (maybe even tomorrow!!).

This small hill is only 125m high but was the site of a castle in the 15th century. The lane that leads to the park is well sign-posted (in English too) and there’s a parking area very near the top of the hill, so it’s a pretty convenient place to visit. It’s just off the main road between Munakata (Fukuoka University of Education) and Kurate, near the point where the road goes under the expressway and shinkansen line. Here’s a map link (yahoo maps).

Mt. Tsurugi car parkMt. Tsurugi path
Parking area and path up to the summit of the hill

Mt. Tsurugi picnic areaMt. Tsurugi flower field
Picnic area and flower field

Mt. Tsurugi flower fieldMt. Tsurugi flower field
Flower field

Mt. Tsurugi castle informationMt. Tsurugi summit shrine
Castle information board and summit shrine