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I've had some really nice day hikes the last couple of months but haven't really gotten out as much as I would have liked.  But the wife is out of town on business and daughter is spending spring break @ grandma's so I figured to take advantage & get out overnight.  I decided on Shikoku Island's Ishizuchi National Forest area.  Mt Ishizuchi is western Japan's highest spot at just short of 1900m and also one of the 7 sacred mountains of Japan.  Part of the 88 Temple pilgramage route runs thru the area and Buddist piligrims have been hiking & climbing this area for centuries.  I took the first morning ferry from Hiroshima to Matsuyama on Shikoku.  Although I've been to Shikoku before was first time using the ferry & was one of the best mode of transport decisions I've ever made.  From Matsuyama caught an express train & shuttle bus and made it to Nishinowa was at the base of Ishizuchi.  An 1.5hr hike takes you to the Joju area.  This is a large temple complex just outside the trailhead.  The hike is through heavily wooded areas and across several saddles to reach Ishizuchi's base. At about 1700m there was still a lot of snow and glass ice coverage.  If I had a do over crampons would have been a wise option.  But made it to the sub-summit for beautiful views.  Too much ice to make it all the way to the peak. Came back down and camped just off the western approach.  Slept the sleep of the righteous and made my way back to Joju the next morning.  All in all a great way to get out for the night.  Gear note:  Finally upgraded to a down bag & first time out with it.  Sierra Designs Arrow Rock 15*.  I don't know how I did synthetic all this time.

Sorry to ramble, never wrote one of these before.  Cheers!


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I'll try & get some pictures posted.  Here is catching the morning ferry from Hiroshima port.

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The Joju Temple area surrounding the trailhead entrance.

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The trailhead entrance

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Into the trailhead

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Traditional pilgrim climbing chains.  Almost vertical in 33m increments.

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Much more snow & ice buildup than I expected

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The last tori gate before the final push up.  I camped for the night about 50m below this gate

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Just below the peak.

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The summit shrine

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Coming back down

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view from my tent

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Return day.  Quick break at a small shrine along the trail.

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Nice pictures, and very rugged, thanks!
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Nice.  Thanks for posting the photos.

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Thanks for inviting us along on your overnight, pictures with explanation r great.
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Thanks for the trip report. Very cool pics.

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Wow, the one labeled "coming back down" just freaks me right out!

Love the shrines - must be extra peaceful.

Thanks for sharing!


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Thanks for sharing!  There seems to be a burgeoning backpacking culture in Japan, but with some differences as shrines and even food carts are on the side of the trail according to my research.  No long trail but think there's a way to mix hostels, hotels, and camping on a walk through Japan.

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Cool - thanks for posting!

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What an interesting hike.  I always like trails that have a little history, but nothing I've seen compares to that.  Thanks for sharing a corner of the world many of us will likely never see.

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Really Awesome!  Thanks for posting.  Hopefully I can explore this area one day.

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Lovely, and very 'zen'!  :)

Also liked the four-language ferry banner.  A popular route for international hikers?

And yes, for the same warmth, a good down bag is just so much lighter and packs so much smaller than a synthetic!


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Cool! What was your temperature at night?

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Thank you all for the positive feedback!

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Wow, the one labeled "coming back down" just freaks me right out!

Love the shrines - must be extra peaceful.

Thanks for sharing!

Peaceful is an understatement :).  Being off season I had the whole mountain & trail to myself and the solitutude was very refreshing.  As far as coming back down, I didn't plan for that much ice build up.  If I go this route again in early April crampons are a must.  Thanks!

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Thanks for sharing!  There seems to be a burgeoning backpacking culture in Japan, but with some differences as shrines and even food carts are on the side of the trail according to my research.  No long trail but think there's a way to mix hostels, hotels, and camping on a walk through Japan.

Yes backpacking seems to have picked up quite a following here the last several years.  It was always there, I think now it just enjoying a more mainstream boom.  Shrines and temples are big part of many of the routes.  I've never seen a food cart per se but most mountain roads on the way to trailheads have what are called "michi no eki" which are more or less roadside service areas with food and locally grown produce and many have mini onsen (hot baths).  No long trail the way we think of one back home (the AT is 2200 mi in length, the entire length of the main island of Honsu is only 810 mi) but in a country that is over 70% mountain & forest there is no shortage of trails and routes.  Everything from day hikes to backcountry as well as urban backpacking.

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Lovely, and very 'zen'!  :)

Also liked the four-language ferry banner.  A popular route for international hikers?

And yes, for the same warmth, a good down bag is just so much lighter and packs so much smaller than a synthetic!

Zen indeed :)

June through August will see a lot of international studenets (primarily Europe but also from US & across Asia) spending summer abroad.  I live directly across from Miyajima island which is a UNESCO site and do a lot of my weekend dayhiking there and always huge groups of tourists & backpackers from all over the world.

The down bag was awesome.  Was toasty warm all night and they way in packed down compared to my old TNF synthetic made it seem like i doubled pack size!

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Cool! What was your temperature at night?

I think it hovered at right around 0* C.  When I woke up at 05:30 there was light frosting on my rainfly and the temp was 2* C

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Looks like a good night out!

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