Wednesday, August 16, 2017

Best time of the Year

Yes, to me:
SPRING
is the Best time of the Year.
(please ignore the date of publishing this posting ;-)

Days are getting longer & warmer. 
All around us flowers, blossom and fresh green are making me happy.

And of course, it's great weather for Hikes and Bikes 
in and around Fukuoka and beyond.

The following are some pictures taken during a local hike, 
only a 30 minutes bicycle ride from Alishan.





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At the top of Kanondake, Imajuku. 

Next, some pictures taken during a Fun Run 
into the country side @ Itoshima.





 Always happy to see Fuji in Bloom.


An other pleasing thing to see.....



Rice planting!  
 May is in full swing.



Always good to have friends of friends.
This is Mr Shinkai san. 
His hobby is making soba.
One day, we = the friends, ran all the way (25K) 
to be fed @ his house in Itoshima  .
Did you hear any complains?




And While On the Run 
at our local small forest, we found these 'wild strawberries".
For a week, we came home every day with a nice portion to be mixed with our yogurt.
Yummy.


Salute.

Saturday, June 10, 2017

The Way to Go: By camping-car around Kyushu

Alishan on the Move
is now working together with 3seven77
A local Camping-car (RV) rental place.

Because we are great believers in:

  1. RV-ing means you have your own transport: Come and go as you please. No suitcase dragging...
  2. RV-ing: enjoy the real Japan in a relaxing way. No time-tables.
  3. RV means you can visit unspoiled locations & Kyushu's great nature. Go to locations public transport can not take you.
  4. RV-ing means: See the sights, not the tourists. There is more than Kyoto and Tokyo!
  5. RV-ing means: easier to meet the locals and true Japanese culture.
Find us now also on FB:  

Sunday, April 30, 2017

Bike and Hike to Kaya Yama in Itoshima, Fukuoka.

To the west of Fukuoka City,
 an easy 25 K bike ride from Fukuoka Tower, lies 
Mt Kaya.
Due to its shape also known as Little Fuji.


Lucky again, the weather was perfect for this 
Bike and Hike adventure.
After an hour and half peddling we arrived at the base of the hill, 
parked and locked the bicycle.  


A local notice board with the map and interesting spots in Itoshima.
Too bad the info is only in Japanese......

Start of the trail.
The hike is really easy, the path well maintained and so,
 the following pictures tell the story.








At the top of Mt Kaya.
(about 250 M above sea-level).
Again, if you know where to look...you can see our Alishan.






One of the temples located at Mt Kaya.


This temple's explanation on 
How and What to Do at the greeting.


Some interesting pictures and paintings can be found inside Japanese temples...


For the return trip back to Fukuoka City we used the
Sunset Road with its famous 
Meoto Iwa
the husband-and-wife rocks.

Salute.



Monday, April 24, 2017

Bike and Hike to Nijodake in Itoshima, Fukuoka.

About 25 K to the west of our Alishan is
Nijodake.

A wee mountain, a bit over 700 meters above sea-level.

I have climbed Nijodake more than 10 times, but always using the trail coming from the the south-side.
This time i parked the bike (after cycling those 25 kilometers) at the start of the hike, near the seaside.




Soooo Japanese!
This map is showing "facing direction",
and thus in this case: North is South (down).


Can't miss the start of the trail.






Well, and what a nice surprise: 
This trail is truly awesome. 
Well maintained and just a charm with a cool stream next to it.




Half way, i met this happy family.
Enjoying snack-time before continuing to the top.


The local dam...was empty.
But a small mountain stream supplied healthy clean drinking water.










Who was lucky with the weather?





Back at sea-level, the wheels were waiting and ready for 
a relaxed 25K peddle home.
That was a nice Bike and Hike.

Salute.