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Hiking in the heat

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Waterfall on the hill

The train from Kyoto to Osaka is quick it only takes about 15 minutes and I get of the Shin-Osaka station. I should meet Chris and his son here at the station. But the station is pretty big - hence finding him could be a bit of a problem. So I figure I better find a phone so I can give Chris a call and we can decide how we are actually gonna find each other. While I am looking for a phone I suddenly hear somebody calling my name. And right there are Chris and Rei. This was pretty easy we found each other. Now we only got to get to the beginning of the hiking trail.

 

We catch a train to the Osaka central station where we need to change to another local train.

looking out over the Osaka Kobe area
The plan is for us to get back to here so I drop my luggage into a coin locker and I get the key. I am totally unfamiliar with the station and got no clue where we are getting out of the station area - but I figure Chris is local so he will be able to get me to the right locker no problem when we get back to the station after our hike.

 

We get out at a tiny station in some sort of suburb to Osaka and we get some water and lunch for the trip and then we start to walk up through the suburban area to the start of the hiking trail. When Chris had told me we were gonna go hiking with his six year old son I had my reservations - hiking with a kid sounded like something which could end up really annoying if he got tired and wanting to go home. But Chris had assured me it would be no problem and Rei loved to go hiking around Osaka - I was not really convinced by Chris but I figured we give it a go. After we have walked a couple of minutes down the road Rei start to saying he is tired - great we are not even at the trailhead yet and the kid is already tired - it is gonna be a long day.

looking out over the Osaka Kobe area

 

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.

looking out over the Osaka Kobe area
We keep walking and finally we get to a small restaurant at the road side. It is actually the only building in the area and we stop there for a while and get some drinks in the wending machine outside the restaurant. It was quite lucky to find that wending machine considering the early stages of dehydrations which were about to arrive for us with the heat, humidity and length of the hike.

 

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.

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Waterfall on the hill
Waterfall on the hill
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The small mountains
The small mountains
The small mountains
The small mountains
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