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TGIF 27Sept 2013: Gozaisho

Looking for something to do this weekend in Japan? Gozaisho in Mie is a place for hiking in spring, summer, and autumn, and for skiing and snowboarding in winter. In the picture is a part of a path that leads between the town Yunoyama at the base of the mountain, and Gozaisho at the top. The views are spectacular, the hike up or down is a great healthy way to clear the lungs and work the muscles for a few hours. There is a cable car lift to help you get back down (or up) if you had only enough energy to go one way. It used to be a resort town, and there are still some hot springs (aka “onsen”), and there’s a simple cafeteria style restaurant at the top of the mountain. Don’t forget your camera. Gozaisho as POTW in Nov 2012.

For this photo, and others of this great place, see my agent’s website: Asia Photo Connection / Henry Westheim.

Hikers on a mountain at Gozaisho, a popular hiking destination, in the autumn, Japan

Hikers on a mountain at Gozaisho, a popular hiking destination, in the autumn, Japan

POTW: 26 Nov 2012 Autumn at Gozaisho

Photo of the Week: Autumn at Gozaisho

It’s currently autumn in Japan, and the trees are a fire of reds, oranges, yellows, and still some greens. The photo below is one of mine taken in Mie Prefecture at Mt. Gozaisho, near the well-known Yunoyama town, which is known for its hot springs. Though the photo was taken a couple of weeks ago, perhaps the best colours of autumn is now. Consequently, there are lots of hikers and nature lovers out and about enjoying the hues of autumn. Though places like Nara and Kyoto are the popular destinations, they are the most crowded. For you, Japan is known for its zen, it’s state of peace and tranquillity. Nara and Kyoto are nothing like this western idealistic view of ‘zen’, but Gozaisho and hiking destinations are perhaps the modern equivalent. How times change. In any case, here are some useful websites for is you’re planning a trip: Wikipedia/Gozaisho, and the official Gozaisho website.

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Gondolas at Gozaisho, Mie prefecture, central Japan.

Gondolas at Gozaisho, Mie prefecture, central Japan. Click on the image to be taken to the place where it can be licensed.

Yoro

Yoro is a great day hiking destination especially in the intermediate seasons like spring and autumn. It’s located in the mountains where it’s nice and cool. To get there, one must take the Kintetsu train (from Nagoya), and change at Kintetsu Kuwana. Then take the yellow train of the Yoro Tetsudo company, which is probably on the same platform, but different track to the train you get off of. Then check with the station guard and maps on how to get to Yoro Park. Find your way to and through the car parks and follow the crowd.

Hiking paths at Yoro are unfortunately asphalted, and so there’s no chance of getting lost or falling down an abandoned gold mine, but you need to watch out for the occasional car. However, there are some short sections that a treacherous for those adventuring in high heels, but thankfully the wilderness sections short. The main attraction of Yoro is the water fall and its water. The water fall is nice to reach, but nothing special to photograph. Local legend is that the water can make you look and feel younger (Wikipedia). The local water is sold sugared, fizzed, and bottled, or just still.

Photos should soon be available on the Asia Photo Connection website.

Local water sold at a popular day hike destination in central Japan, Yoro Park, Mie.

Local water sold at a popular day hike destination in central Japan, Yoro Park, Mie.