My Favorite View in Hakkoda
Hakkoda, the range of eight mountains located in Aomori prefecture, is well known as the greatest mountain among enthusiastic skiers and snowboarders. Personally, I’d rather not go to the coldest area in cold winter (it is chilly enough in downtown area!), I enjoy going to Hakkoda in summer and fall. Although the best season is late October with autumn leaves, I thought introducing Hakkoda trekking would be nice as my first post. Welcome one and all to our brand-new blog!
A trekking entrance/exit is on the left-hand side of the Sukayu hot spring (very famous sulfur hot spring).
It starts with going up the rugged mountain trail, which is not that easy. For the first 15 minutes I always regret and grumble why I started this, laboring my way up the endless bumpy and bushy path…. why life is so hard on me…how come I never get the winning number in a lottery…I hate myself putting on weight again…I was never a Ninja in my previous life…..a lot of worldly thoughts and confused ideas cross my mind. After a while I get silent and start focusing my energies on following the path. Besides the clean air and beautiful nature, I think moutains have some kind of healing energy. After 40-50 minutes of climbing I feel my mind is so cleaned up.
When I meet the wooden causeway running even, I feel so happy and cool myself in a refreshing breeze.
A helicopter is carrying something. If foods are in the packet, I’m here!
I am almost reaching my goal (this lady is my friend, not me)…go up the wooden stairs and turn around!
Oh I have to go up a little more to avoid the trees…..
This area is called “Kenashitai”, my favorite view in Hakkoda trekking. This area becomes increadibly beautiful with red and yellow foliage in autumn. It is breathtaking……..
And I go down all the way back to the Sukayu hot spring. It is about 2 hours trekking. After this petit trainig like a itinerant Buddhist monk, I have to reward myself with a good lunch! You can find a restaurant in the Sukayu hot spring building.
Sukayu Buckwheat Noodle is a specialty in this area. After lunch, of course I enjoy the Sukayu hot spring. I will write about the Sukayu hot spring on the future post.
If you ever come to Aomori, please enjoy the activities in Hakkoda. You’ ll love it!