Hiking in the heat
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The train from
We catch a train to the
We get out at a tiny station in some sort of suburb to
We get to the trailhead and we start making our way up the trail - it seems like Rei has stopped complaining for the moment which is sort of a relief. We are overtaken by a small group of three Japanese college students who are walking the same path as us - but they are faster than Chris and I - suddenly Rei have forgotten all about being tired and he walks ahead of us along with the three college boys. Chris and I got a bit of a problem following the pace it is really hot and water stock are starting to run low pretty quickly. Chris had mentioned the hike would be 2-3 hours but after 3 hours of hiking we are nowhere close to our destination - and we are still hiking up the hill in the heat sweating like pigs.
Finally we get to the top of the hill and we start to walk on from here towards the city with a famous onsen which are our final destination of the day. It seems like two of the three college kids are starting to feel the effects of the days hike - they are not racing ahead anymore - actually Chris and I have moved to the front of the group.
We are still not at the onsen - actually we are quite a bit away from it. And now we are just hiking at the road side - it is not charming as walking on small hiking trails through the forest in the mountains. After a while walking at the roadside we finally get to town and now it is about time to find the onsen. But first we just have to check out the timetable for the bus because we need to get back to Osaka I have agree to meet up with Yasuyo at 7 in Dotombori. Unfortunately it turns out I will have to get on the bus in less than an hour so we have to give up on the real onsen. Instead we settle for a small foot onsen in the city. It is located just on one off the sidewalks with a little stream of hot water running through it so you can just put your feet’s down in the water enjoying the hot water. We sit enjoying the water hitting our tired feet’s and talk for a while and then it is about time for me to get down to the bus station while Chris and Rei will continue on to get to the real onsen hidden somewhere in the town.