Rob sat down with Taiken to tell us a bit about what life is like as a guide in one of the top winter destinations on the planet, and why you shouldn’t fear the bears.
Mt. Eboshi was one of the most beautiful and also easiest hikes I have ever done. I would recommend it to anyone who loves the outdoors. With amazing scenery and extraordinary foliage as an added bonus, this was an autumn experience one could only get in Japan.
Japan, the land of convenience, even tames it's mountains with 'Koya', or mountain huts. These uniquely Japanese pockets of civilization need to be seen to be believed...
The foliage season is approaching, so, although every street and corner is good enough to spot some red leaves, here below is a small list of places where to go for best viewing nature's signs of the changing season (Koyo in Japanese) in Kanagawa prefecture.
Light rain falls from the sky above the shrine and bridge, and suddenly my surroundings are enveloped by fog. The bright autumn foliage appears gloomier as everything gradually lose its visibility. But on other days the lake surface sparkles under the golden sunlight, and the sound of the waterfall is so soothing that it makes you want to stay as long as possible.
This guide will cover going up the ridge path and down the slope back to the city with a distance of about 15km and an elevation gain of about 1100m. This is also the path I took for a one-day trip.
I was told almost anyone could do this trail, and it was beginner friendly. All I can say is that I must have a very different idea of beginner!
Depending on where you begin, a cedar-lined 1.7 km path (2,446 steps to be precise) leads either to the main shrine (三神合祭殿) at the summit, or to Gojunoto, a five-story pagoda that is registered as a national treasure.