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).