Tracks lead into the hills of Kyoto on a cool spring afternoon.
A brisk cold spring afternoon in Kyoto above a temple a barren tree reaches into the sky like a fan.
Kenroku-en 兼六園 means Six Attributes Garden. It is one of the three Great Gardens of Japan. It was developed from the 1620s to the 1840s. Kenroku-en contains about 8,750 trees, and 183 species of plants in total.
View from Ono Station Platform
Lake Biwa is Japan’s largest freshwater lake. Lake Biwa is of tectonic origin and is one of the world’s twenty oldest lakes, dating to almost 4 million years ago. The Shiga area is great for outdoor actives such as fishing, swimming and hiking the various mountainous areas.
The Yoshino River one of the clearest and non polluted rivers cuts through the gorge making for truly stunning views and hikes. The area is surrounded by Satoyama (Countryside farmland) to include wonderful green roaming hills. River rafting is also on many visitors to do list while there.
Kyoto’s bamboo forests cover the hillsides in a green blanket of spender. Hiking these serene Zen like areas are one of Kyoto’s unique areas and mostly free of tourists. Many are easily accessed via bicycle. Wondering this mythical place one will hear bird calls echoing though the dense forest. Your path will be shaded from the sun by the tall bamboo stalks that sway beautifully in the wind making a most relaxing sound.
A River Passes Through Kyoto
A river slowly flows from the mountains down through Kyoto’s old streets. Bicycling or hiking the outskirts of Kyoto has many rewards not found via bus tours. Kyoto Japan is more then temples and shrines, one just has to wonder just a bit further.
Minoo Park 箕面公園 also known as (Minoh Park / Mino Park) is located 30min from downtown Osaka Japan via train. This is a quick getaway spot for locals to get some walking or hiking away from the bustling city life. A waterfall greets visitors at the end of the hike that takes about 30mins depending on pace. A stream flows along the entire trail that is surrounded with trees and bird calls. A few tourist shops line the trail selling food, drinks, snacks and gifts. The park can be accessed from Minoo Station off the Hankyu Minoo Line. There is No Fee to enter the park.