Monday, April 16, 2018

Kyushu Rental Camper trip report.

Friends Ayumi and Moses with their puppies
took Kyushu Rental Camper's pet-OK RV for a spin around
Shikoku Island.

A perfect 1 week destination from Fukuoka.

All on Board.

RV at rest.

Shikoku Island.
Well known for temples, scenery, pilgrimage, hot springs and 
......more temples.

Who's Gonna Drive You Home...?

Explore Japan by camper, way to go.
(pictures by Ayumi/Moses, thanx a zillion).


Saturday, April 7, 2018

Off the Beaten Track in Itoshima, Fukuoka.

Off the Beaten Track in Itoshima.

Are you ready to join our hike?

How and Where?
Take the subway/train from Fukuoka 
and get off at  Imajuku Station.
Meet you at the 7/11 across the road.

 So, what is the hike?
A pleasant 2K walk through a small village, 
along rice fields & gardens.
 Then follow a winding river until...

  ...the start of the climb.
To the top is about an other 2K, 
at a slow pace it takes about 45 minutes.

  Easy going does it.
Plenty of resting spots and great viewing.

Then, depending, we can continue for another 2 hours along the mountain ridge,
or we make a U-turn.

This year, the weather at the peak of the Sakura Blossoming
was just plain perfect.
Lucky us.

Next flowers to look out for is: Fuji aka Wisteria.
Peak time: Late April.

Last time on the way back to the station, we spotted this mobile supermarket.
Ain't it cute?

Want to join an Off the Beaten Track?

and/or see: 


Sunday, March 25, 2018

Spring is Here.

Alishan on the Move went for a pleasant 
drive & hike including 
Ika Sashimi Lunch at Yobuko in Saga Ken.
On the return way, we stopped for a stroll
at the Karatsu Castle Gardens.

Can you hear them popping?

Quality time at  Nanatsugama Park  between Karatsu and Yobuko.
One of our favorite places to visit.
Great views over Genkai Sea and always a joy to watch those lava formations.

 We were joined by friends 
Harry, Dave and Liz.
Owners of sy RESOLUTION.
(at present moored in Fukuoka's Odo Yacht Harbor).

 Yobuko is well known for its fish.
Of course most famous is fresh squid served as  
Around town, all sorts of fish are dried and seasoned.

Yobuko, homeport for many fishermen.

A Smile from Sakura.


Thursday, February 22, 2018

With Esther the Car on the Move in Saga ken.

In January we took Esther the RV
 for a weekend spin around 
Mt Tara in Saga ken, Kyushu.

This part of Japan and especially at this time of the year
 it is off-the-beaten-track.
Nice and quiet.
First day was exploring birdlife near the Ariaki Sea, next day was land-inwards.

There are truly zillion of soaking options in Saga ken, so of course we enjoyed a wonderful bath at one of the hot-springs.

Slept a peaceful sleep at the parking lot near a playground park (super clean toilets),
and woke up next morning to a wintery wonderland with snow at the higher altitude roads.
(Both hotspring and parking area are along route 444, 
not far from each other).

Typical mountain road...
1 car at a time.

The sudden change in weather made it into a magic scenery.

 Esther the RV.
Small, cozy and multi purpose. 

The fields across this valley have some tea crops.
So now you know how Iced Tea is grown ;-)

Traditional farm-house.
Luff those roof constructions.

Steaming hills.

Things you see when driving around Saga ken....

...and things you eat in Ureshino, small town famous for its hot springs and.....
Tofu nabe.
Wake me up any time!! 

See Marijke's blog for the birding part:

click HERE

Exploring Kyushu by RV, 
Way to Go.


Saturday, February 10, 2018

Do you smell that too? Is Spring in the Air?

Last Monday and Tuesday it was still weather like this:  

Confusing neh.

But then on Friday,
a warm weather front came to town.
So, quickly the hiking shoes got out and off we went to
Mt Kanondake in Imajuku, a mere 20 minute drive.

  Start of the trail, ample parking, a vending machine, a toilet
walking aids and more important: a mountain spring supplying fresh and tasty drinking water to fill the flask.

 At the top, facing West, Itoshima countryside.

Facing East.
Down there is Fukuoka.
So near, so far.

 Facing North.
Hakata Bay with Nokonoshima in the center.
That was a pleasant 3 hour hike.
Isn't Fukuoka a wonderful place to live at?
Town, sea, mountains. All nearby.

And oh boy,
Do i smell Spring....?


Monday, January 15, 2018

Mt Raizan in the Snow January 2018

In mid January, 
we had two days of snowfall on the mountains of Fukuoka.
So we quickly grabbed our cameras, 
put on our hiking gear and set off to explore...
Ahum, it's not really exploring anymore as we know this place already so well...
....but the snow...... That's a Bonus.

These pictures tell the story.
Mt Raizan, the highest peak in this picture is our goal.
But first a pit-stop is at and around the famous

Sennyoji Temple.

Usually it takes me 2 hours to climb to the top of Mt Raizan.
The snow made it slow going:  2 hours and a half.

The scenery and atmosphere was awesome.
Lucky to have been able to start early AM, only a few other hikers had been there before.
Going down, the trail was already flattened by the many food-steps.