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November 19, 2012: It was a bright sunny day and I didn’t want to spend it indoors in front of a PC screen. Instead I rode my bicycle to a village at the foothills of Mt. Yahiko, about 33 kilometers from home, and walked to the top, the very summit of Yahiko Mountain which is 634 meters above sea level.

It took me 2 hours to ride to Yahiko Village where I spent about a half hour visiting Yahiko Shrine and taking some photographs. After that it took a little over an hour to ride and push my bicycle to the parking lot area near the top. After that I walked 30 minutes further to get to the summit to photograph the view showing the Sea of Japan.

My transportation to Mt. Yahiko

My transportation to Mt. Yahiko

View of Mt. Yahiko an hour bicycle ride from home.

View of Mt. Yahiko an hour bicycle ride from home.

View of Mt. Yahiko close to Iwamuro Villiage

View of Mt. Yahiko approaching Iwamuro Village. The arrow down is pointing to the highest peak and my destination. The peak in the center looks higher only because it’s closer.

View about 3/4 of the way up Mt. Yahiko

View about 3/4 of the way up Mt. Yahiko

Sign says, Mt. Yahiko, elevation 634 meters

Sign says, Mt. Yahiko, elevation 634 meters

Signs on Mt. Yahiko

Signs on Mt. Yahiko


View of Yahiko Mura, Tsubama and Sanjo cites from near the summit

View of Yahiko Mura, Tsubama and Sanjo cites from near the summit

Summit of Mt. Yahiko

Visitor at the summit of Mt. Yahiko

Visitor at the summit of Mt. Yahiko

Visitor at the summit of Mt. Yahiko

Visitor at the summit of Mt. Yahiko

Visitor at the summit of Mt. Yahiko overlooking the Sea of Japan.

Tori Gate at the summit of Mt. Yahiko

Tori Gate at the summit of Mt. Yahiko

Three ladies who asked me to take their photo

Japanese ladies who asked me to take their photo. I first met them only a minute before.

Tori Gate in Tsubame city near Mt. Yahiko. Twenty years ago it was the largest Tori Gate in Japan.

Tori Gate in Tsubame city near Mt. Yahiko. Twenty years ago it was the largest Tori Gate in Japan.

The same Tori Gate facing Mt. Yahiko.

The same Tori Gate facing Mt. Yahiko.

At 3:30 p.m. I left the summit and cycled down the mountain 30 minutes later. It only took me 20 minutes to get to the village below! But home was still 33 kilometers away and now at 4 p.m. it was getting dark. By 4.45 p.m. I got to Tsubame city and photographed the Tori Gate in the photos above. At 6:30 it started to rain but I had an umbrella. I didn’t get home till 8 p.m. with my pants soaked from the rain and thoroughly exhausted. I might have made it back earlier but because I took what I hoped was a shortcut, I got lost. After seeing the Shinkansen train tracks twice after 30 minutes, I realized I rode my bicycle in a circle!

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About James Arendt

Born in 1950 and raised in Chicago Illinois, USA.
Served in the USAF from 1970 in San Antonio, Texas, Biloxi Mississippi, Sacramento California and Asaka, Japan and honorably discharged in 1974.
Became a full time missionary for Christ and served in Russia, China and Japan for 44 years and counting.
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Cycling adventure to the summit of Mt. Yahiko — 3 Comments

  1. I do like those pictures and it looks like it could be a lot of fun there James. It looks beautiful there.

    We have Pikes Peak here in this region and they have a long trail to Pikes Pike summit called barr trail. I walked up it once when I was still in the U.S. Army with my company.built a railroad tie steps that goes almost straight up. It’s difficult to breath when you get that high in elevation. We also have a very steep hike that’s a little over a mile built with railroad ties that many people ascend up daily when it’s open called Manitou Incline. It’s been a while since I walked up the incline.

    Here are a couple of links to them.

    http://www.barrtrail.net/

    http://assets.gazette.s3.amazonaws.com/img/outtherecolorado/inclinemap.jpg

  2. Good story and beautiful photos. You were there at the ‘golden hour’ and the colors were fantastic. Please let me know the next time you are coming this way- thanks!

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