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Japan Sendai Hiking Omoshiroyama Autumn Colors

6 November 2016

Lets try that again

Climbing the mountain at Omoshiroyama station near Sendai

As suggested yesterday, today I returned to the mountain I did not complete yesterday because I went the wrong way and instead removed skin from my knees on a slippery cliff / rock waterslide I invented.
The weather was still good, blue sky, but cloud developing. I sound like a weather man, what that meant was, its blue sky in Sendai, but probably cloudy on the mountain.
Still I bravely went without my jacket, deciding speed was key, and rain would not occur, however it was below freezing on the top, so I could not stay up there long.

I did not get lost, I did not even half get lost, I did not slip down anything, injure any part of me or question my own sanity, in fact it was only a 4.5 hour round trip from the trail head, if anything too short!

When I went to start the trail, there was a tiny grandma standing there looking at the sign, she asked in almost perfect English if I knew the way, well I know which way is NOT the way.
She said she would just follow me then, this is a problem, I pre drank 2 litres of various fluids including tea and coffee.... So I told her, OK but I intend to go fast!
Once I had made the 10 steps up the path from the road and REMEMBERED to turn right, it was a great view for a few hundred metres, so good I made a youtube on the way back, and then it got really steep, but safe. But thats where I waved goodbye to grandma, I said I might see her on the way down, never did, guess she turned back, or plummeted down a ravine, I will never know.

Anyway the top was in cloud, so no great photos from the top, a shame, the view might have caused me to faint. So many colors. Just to annoy me I noticed on the way down the summit was now in bright sunshine. Oh well. And also my view was obscured by all the damn colorful leaves!

This could be the last mountain of this holiday, its back to Tokyo tomorrow, and I have nothing planned, but you never know, there maybe another day trip.
Oh and also, my knees that I fell on repeatedly yesterday that hurt last night are fine, so fine I wish I had more days in Sendai to climb more of the mountains, there are at least 3 more trails in the area I have been the last 2 days.

Japan-Sendai-Hiking-Omoshiroyama-Autumn Colors - We start with a view of the weather outside my hotel, I was right that it would get cloudy.

We start with a view of the weather outside my hotel, I was right that it would get cloudy.


Japan-Sendai-Hiking-Omoshiroyama-Autumn Colors - The Rail Children got on the train and watched the driver, I believe it is the junior trainspotting club. The picture doesnt show it but they all wear

The Rail Children got on the train and watched the driver, I believe it is the junior trainspotting club. The picture doesnt show it but they all wear little train driver uniforms, and have the white gloves.


Japan-Sendai-Hiking-Omoshiroyama-Autumn Colors - And now here I am, back where I was yesterday, back where I did views and ravines and mountain failure, today would be mountain success.

And now here I am, back where I was yesterday, back where I did views and ravines and mountain failure, today would be mountain success.


Japan-Sendai-Hiking-Omoshiroyama-Autumn Colors - A path, a path! Note that it looks like a path, and it is, so pathy in its pathness. Not like an ice cliff face at all.

A path, a path! Note that it looks like a path, and it is, so pathy in its pathness. Not like an ice cliff face at all.


Japan-Sendai-Hiking-Omoshiroyama-Autumn Colors - Good colors. The station area below, similar photo later.

Good colors. The station area below, similar photo later.


Japan-Sendai-Hiking-Omoshiroyama-Autumn Colors - The redder selection of colors for the day, oh and a path.

The redder selection of colors for the day, oh and a path.


Japan-Sendai-Hiking-Omoshiroyama-Autumn Colors - Redundant colors photo for today.

Redundant colors photo for today.


Japan-Sendai-Hiking-Omoshiroyama-Autumn Colors - Every so often the path took me through pine / cedar trees, still with the colorful maples or whatever they are.

Every so often the path took me through pine / cedar trees, still with the colorful maples or whatever they are.


Japan-Sendai-Hiking-Omoshiroyama-Autumn Colors - So orange. I was actually trying to snap the peak behind it, which is where I am going.

So orange. I was actually trying to snap the peak behind it, which is where I am going.


Japan-Sendai-Hiking-Omoshiroyama-Autumn Colors - This looks fake, but really, thats the colors of these trees, they are whiter, and their leaves are kind of dead. It was great.

This looks fake, but really, thats the colors of these trees, they are whiter, and their leaves are kind of dead. It was great.


Japan-Sendai-Hiking-Omoshiroyama-Autumn Colors - The path was actually quite challenging in many places. I had to put my gloves on and keep my camera in my backpack so I could use my hands to haul my

The path was actually quite challenging in many places. I had to put my gloves on and keep my camera in my backpack so I could use my hands to haul myself up, and then later lower myself down.


Japan-Sendai-Hiking-Omoshiroyama-Autumn Colors - Views of other peaks.

Views of other peaks.


Japan-Sendai-Hiking-Omoshiroyama-Autumn Colors - My peak, which is just slightly taller than the others around here, if it were not, I would have been going to one of the others.

My peak, which is just slightly taller than the others around here, if it were not, I would have been going to one of the others.


Japan-Sendai-Hiking-Omoshiroyama-Autumn Colors - The trees became bamboo, and a muddy trail.

The trees became bamboo, and a muddy trail.


Japan-Sendai-Hiking-Omoshiroyama-Autumn Colors - Very near the summit now, just getting into the cloud, and the freezing, there were a few patches of ice around which surprised me as I am wearing a l

Very near the summit now, just getting into the cloud, and the freezing, there were a few patches of ice around which surprised me as I am wearing a long sleeve t-shirt.


Japan-Sendai-Hiking-Omoshiroyama-Autumn Colors - The last bit of the ascent, the very low trees have a strange color to them, or lack of color perhaps. Color is word of the day.

The last bit of the ascent, the very low trees have a strange color to them, or lack of color perhaps. Color is word of the day.


Japan-Sendai-Hiking-Omoshiroyama-Autumn Colors - Occasionally the sun would almost appear, often just as I got my camera out, more cloud enveloped my face.

Occasionally the sun would almost appear, often just as I got my camera out, more cloud enveloped my face.


Japan-Sendai-Hiking-Omoshiroyama-Autumn Colors - So here is the summit marker, with cloud all around.

So here is the summit marker, with cloud all around.


Japan-Sendai-Hiking-Omoshiroyama-Autumn Colors - I hung around as long as I could freezing hoping for a view, this is the best I could do. Had the place to myself, saw 5 other people coming down on m

I hung around as long as I could freezing hoping for a view, this is the best I could do. Had the place to myself, saw 5 other people coming down on my ascent, and no one at all on my descent.


Japan-Sendai-Hiking-Omoshiroyama-Autumn Colors - Half way down, patches of blue sky appear.

Half way down, patches of blue sky appear.


Japan-Sendai-Hiking-Omoshiroyama-Autumn Colors - The other ridge is a different path down to a ski field, no time for that today, I had to meet the train or wait another 3 hours.

The other ridge is a different path down to a ski field, no time for that today, I had to meet the train or wait another 3 hours.


Japan-Sendai-Hiking-Omoshiroyama-Autumn Colors - <a href=https://falseguide.com/japan6/c-714.jpg>Link to Hi Resolution 3000x2000 version</a> In site of the station again now, I think this one wins th

Link to Hi Resolution 3000x2000 version
In site of the station again now, I think this one wins the coveted PHOTO OF THE DAY award! Fanfare.


Japan-Sendai-Hiking-Omoshiroyama-Autumn Colors - Same photo, but now me. Shopped myself in.

Same photo, but now me. Shopped myself in.


Japan-Sendai-Hiking-Omoshiroyama-Autumn Colors - I had 30 minutes to spare before my train, so I went to the bonus bit of ravine that goes the other way from the station that I did not see yesterday,

I had 30 minutes to spare before my train, so I went to the bonus bit of ravine that goes the other way from the station that I did not see yesterday, I think this is partially man made.


Japan-Sendai-Hiking-Omoshiroyama-Autumn Colors - Waterfall.

Waterfall.


Japan-Sendai-Hiking-Omoshiroyama-Autumn Colors - Feel the serenity.

Feel the serenity.


Japan-Sendai-Hiking-Omoshiroyama-Autumn Colors - Time for one of these. Omoshiroyama gets my highest rating for tourism awards as awarded by the solo lunatic traveller. A woman was very concerned abo

Time for one of these. Omoshiroyama gets my highest rating for tourism awards as awarded by the solo lunatic traveller.
A woman was very concerned about my behaviour whilst I was taking this photo, it took 3 attempts to get the stance perfect, not sure if she was concerned with my lack of smiling or that I might walk backwards and fall in front of the train that was due.


Japan-Sendai-Hiking-Omoshiroyama-Autumn Colors - Last photo from here, the tunnel! You cant walk down it, I went to find out of course.

Last photo from here, the tunnel! You cant walk down it, I went to find out of course.


Japan-Sendai-Hiking-Omoshiroyama-Autumn Colors - The view out the train on the way back is fantastic. I had to stand the whole way again, which means I could take this bonus photo featuring a red bri

The view out the train on the way back is fantastic. I had to stand the whole way again, which means I could take this bonus photo featuring a red bridge.


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