Lost on a mountain in Japan aaaaaaaaaaaaaaaahhhhhhhhhhhh
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Only had to work a couple of hours in the morning and then I was off to the nearest hiking trails a few stations up.Every morning when I go past Kawachi Iwafune station I see lots of people getting off to hike the mountains. i did some research on the internet and found they had three main hiking trails, one to mount Kono which has views all the way to Kobe and even as far as Akashi bridge so I decided on that hike.
Before stating i went to the nearest convenient store to get some food and some water. at the cash register I asked for a couple of pieces of chicken. The staff went and got them and then she handed them over I said in Japanese iranai (i don't need) thinking that they were going to give me a receipt and then I walked out, the staff looked at me strangely as well as some customers waiting in line.
I walked back to Kawachi mori station but I couldn't find any signs pointing towards the hiking trails there was nobody to ask, the place was like a ghost town,there wasn't a policemen in the police booth and there wasn't anybody in the electric goods shop and then I saw an old lady surely a local but they couldn't help me either.
From my map and following the station attendants directions I could have gone in a straight route following the road but I didn't think that would be very interesting. I would rather come back that way than go up so I thought I would cross through the mountain side. I started walking through a residential area, past some houses, a local temple, a primary school and then past some rice fieldsbut no signs, was I going in the right direction. I stopped to study the map again, I see the templemarked on it, so I think I'M right but just to make sure that I was I asked a lady that just happened to be walking past.
She said that I had made a mistake and the only way she knew was to follow the main road but she showed meon the map where I was , infact I was on the route to Kurondo pond. I thanked the lady and decided to hike this course seeing that I was already on it plus I could always come back to do the other one.
I turned left at the fork and slowly climbed the steep path that led up the mountain, first the track was surrounded by trees and then it slowly turned into a bamboo forest , suprisingly my calves were really feeling the strain from the extra pressure applied to them so I stoped to take a breath and take some photos of the bamboo.
The course finally flattened out and I came to a cement square that looked like it had been a building, some kind of ruins.
I moved on quickly as these small graves in amonsgst the baboo was quite eerie. Icontiued walking following the signs and came across some more rocks, this time they had foot grooves in the rock and i climbed on top,they offered great views of the town below.
I took the sougeno trail for about 10 minutes, still no signs for my trail so I walked back to the fork, then I took the yamagoeno trail which lead to a tiny pond with moldy green funghi floating on the water, just then my mobile phone went beep,beep,beep I looked to see that my batteries had gone flat.