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Japan Okinawa Nago Hiking

5 November 2018

I found a mountain in Nago

This morning I got up too early as always, went and waited for it to be late enough to buy a coffee, and made a last minute change of plans. I had plans to go places nearby, that will probably now be tomorrow, as today I found a mountain to go to on Okinawa! Yes more boring pictures of view and paths up mountains, who is excited?

To get to this mountain I had to get to the second biggest city on Okinawa, Nago. This was a 2 hour bus ride and quite expensive at about $20... each way! Later in the day I got my return journey for only $10 as the driver gave me money back and told me in English that he wished more people would visit his home town of Nago, so that was nice.
Anyway, finding my bus was needlessly difficult in Naha. Theres a big modern bus terminal, and signs to ticket counters, all shut, signs to information offices, all shut, signs to collection points, temporary signage showing the wrong location etc. This caused me to miss a bus and I noted that lots of other people were walking around in endless circles looking perplexed. One little old lady managed to awaken a whale sized man from inside an office who very reluctantly slithered out and barked orders at various people in Japanese. This was no help to me, I eventually just stood on the corner where I knew the bus was coming from, waited for the one with my number, and then ran along the road after it until it stopped!
I hate buses.

Anyway, Nago itself, as you shall see, is not much of a city. The mountain is apparently behind the city castle ruins, all I could find were kids playground equipment and a scout camp, and then I could not find the trail head. No problem, I followed a track around the back of the mountain and found an excellent challenging path up to the summit, and then followed the easy path down through the scout camping grounds. This made my day more rewarding, so rewarding I bought a chocolate covered croissant and got chocolate all over my white from sunscreen face.
Perhaps thats why the driver on the return journey gave me my money back? He felt bad for me and my various facial disfigurements?

Japan-Okinawa-Nago-Hiking - Near my hotel, a back hoe has climbed a pile of rubble. You dont really see this in Australia, but its very common all over Asia. They always look to

Near my hotel, a back hoe has climbed a pile of rubble. You dont really see this in Australia, but its very common all over Asia. They always look to me like they are about to topple over.


Japan-Okinawa-Nago-Hiking - This sign is not where the bus left from, and its a crap photo, but its here because the bottom half is a giant e-ink screen. I had never seen such a

This sign is not where the bus left from, and its a crap photo, but its here because the bottom half is a giant e-ink screen. I had never seen such a thing before. Pressing the button to the right of it (hard to see here) caused it to refresh in a manner just like an Amazon Kindle, except its the size of an A2 piece of paper.


Japan-Okinawa-Nago-Hiking - This is where I got off the bus. A pig to greet the pig man!

This is where I got off the bus. A pig to greet the pig man!


Japan-Okinawa-Nago-Hiking - Before heading up the hill I checked out the beach. The sand looked crap but the water with the mountains in the background looked nice. The journey w

Before heading up the hill I checked out the beach. The sand looked crap but the water with the mountains in the background looked nice. The journey was a mix of nice green areas and very industrial areas. Much more industrial than I was expecting.


Japan-Okinawa-Nago-Hiking - A view of the city of Nago, and my mountain behind it (I think). I notice my usage of brackets is back.

A view of the city of Nago, and my mountain behind it (I think). I notice my usage of brackets is back.


Japan-Okinawa-Nago-Hiking - Its a covered street. But I would not call it a covered shopping street, since all the shops are shut. This was the case later in the day when I retur

Its a covered street. But I would not call it a covered shopping street, since all the shops are shut. This was the case later in the day when I returned also.


Japan-Okinawa-Nago-Hiking - These are photos of Japans version of the Danish style dolphin hunt! Just like in Denmark, boats surround pods of dolphins and force them into Nago ba

These are photos of Japans version of the Danish style dolphin hunt! Just like in Denmark, boats surround pods of dolphins and force them into Nago bay where hungry locals stab them with spears until the sea turns red. Its a great festival the whole family can enjoy!


Japan-Okinawa-Nago-Hiking - This is the nice path ascending to the castle ruins, somewhat ruined by the steel hand rail. Ruins ruined. I amuse myself.

This is the nice path ascending to the castle ruins, somewhat ruined by the steel hand rail. Ruins ruined. I amuse myself.


Japan-Okinawa-Nago-Hiking - From this angle, Nago looks like a sizeable metropolis, it is not.

From this angle, Nago looks like a sizeable metropolis, it is not.


Japan-Okinawa-Nago-Hiking - The temple, as ever. There was no one around.

The temple, as ever. There was no one around.


Japan-Okinawa-Nago-Hiking - This path was a false start, it went up to a grave of some importance, probably the actual ruins, I then had to follow it back down again.

This path was a false start, it went up to a grave of some importance, probably the actual ruins, I then had to follow it back down again.


Japan-Okinawa-Nago-Hiking - Nice mid level view from where I suspect the castle ruins are. Probably the best view of the day.

Nice mid level view from where I suspect the castle ruins are. Probably the best view of the day.


Japan-Okinawa-Nago-Hiking - I still wanted to get up that mountain. Its not much of a mountain, but its a mountain, and I will take any mountain if thats the only mountain on off

I still wanted to get up that mountain. Its not much of a mountain, but its a mountain, and I will take any mountain if thats the only mountain on offer.


Japan-Okinawa-Nago-Hiking - After following an access track around the bottom for a few kilometres, I found a sign posted path up, complete with ropes! This was a very good chall

After following an access track around the bottom for a few kilometres, I found a sign posted path up, complete with ropes! This was a very good challenging path, good to go up, probably not great to come down. The only issue was I had not brought my gloves with me, so my poor girly hands suffered on the rough ropes!


Japan-Okinawa-Nago-Hiking - Behold, the view across Okinawa, you can see the ocean on the other side.

Behold, the view across Okinawa, you can see the ocean on the other side.


Japan-Okinawa-Nago-Hiking - The abandoned city of Nago. Its easy to confuse the names Naha and Nago, at one point I started typing Naho.

The abandoned city of Nago. Its easy to confuse the names Naha and Nago, at one point I started typing Naho.


Japan-Okinawa-Nago-Hiking - Another small city and a dolphin murdering bay.

Another small city and a dolphin murdering bay.


Japan-Okinawa-Nago-Hiking - The best photo of me yet!!!!! The very humid weather is giving me an awesome afro hairstyle. I dont try to fight it.

The best photo of me yet!!!!! The very humid weather is giving me an awesome afro hairstyle. I dont try to fight it.


Japan-Okinawa-Nago-Hiking - The path down (now that I found it from the top) was very easy, with stairs most of the way. I was glad I accidentally found my alternative path.

The path down (now that I found it from the top) was very easy, with stairs most of the way. I was glad I accidentally found my alternative path.


Japan-Okinawa-Nago-Hiking - It looked nice in the afternoon sun.

It looked nice in the afternoon sun.


Japan-Okinawa-Nago-Hiking - The final bit before emerging in the scout camp was a small ravine of moss covered rocks. At times I had to place one foot in front of the other to fi

The final bit before emerging in the scout camp was a small ravine of moss covered rocks. At times I had to place one foot in front of the other to fit.
Despite the long expensive (but then partially refunded) bus ride, I was very glad I found myself a mountain in Nago.


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