April 27th, a while ago now we did some hiking on Mt.Kongo – its another hike lifted from Js Hiking magazine. We bought a Kongosan ticket at the Nankai train office that allowed us two days travel including the train, bus and a discount on the cable car.
Getting there was a bit of a hassle, a couple of trains and then a bus and cable car, when we got to the last train station the bus wasn’t for 50 minutes so we had to hang around and wait.
And it was a little walk from the bus stop too.
Finally at the cable car point.
It was still meant to be cherry blossom season in the high altitude, but we only saw a sprinkling by the cable car point. Apparently Js student went the week after and it was beautiful.
Our ticket, but the cable car wasn’t for another 25mins or so.
J getting a hot lunch from the vending machine.
Woah, scarily high cable car.
Omg. Luckily we didn’t see any.
We first toured a nature/information centre, and then found this play area.
The view point.
It was a nice place to sit down and enjoy the lunch J made, complete with Hanshin Tigers nori.
Summit, on old castle grounds.
Refreshing beer present from J! Right before he tells me his plan to walk back down, despite having return cable car tickets.
Walking down steps…
..and more steps. They were those awkward one and half size ones too. Even though I went fast, jogging down most of them it took over an hour to get down all the steps.
Finally the bus stop, my legs were like jelly.
Nanaki Kongosan ticket information: http://www.nankai.co.jp/odekake/bochibochi/kongosan.html