One crispy February morning found us
at Mt Hiko, Kyushu.
Marijke with camera searching for birds,
and me with a small back-pack heading to the top and around.
The famous temple at Mt Hiko is located at the end of this stone-steps-struggle.
(In making and in climbing).
The reward for climbing all these stone steps:
You can ring this huge bell!
After the temple, there are still a few more stone steps, but later on the path becomes more knee-friendly.
The trail is all well marked for the usually many climbers
...but not this beautiful day. Met only a handful.
Awesome ice-particles as the ground was still freezing up at night/early morning.
...and looking East.
The top as seen from the next hill-top.
Going down at the other side from the mountain.
One slippery part has these very-man-made-steps.
Who says stones don't grow....?
Time to refill the water bottle, do it here!
At the end of the mountain trail there is, surprise, another temple.
Of course with a patiently waiting cow to be rubbed for your own health reasons.
Hint for where to re-enter the trail ...
Easy and pleasant going.
Yes, yes yes,
Showing off neh....
Mt Hiko famous noodle shop,
run by the same owners for oodles of years.
Don't think the interior has changed much those years.
And yummy food too.
Spotted this Girls Festival Display at another location.