From the main station there are many routes winding up through the forest covered mountains that surround the area. The route we took initially took us up past many small souvenir shops selling the local specialty, deep fried maple leaves, which must be quite a profitable gift to sell considering the trees are everywhere in abundance! At the start of the trek up the mountain there is also a huge hotel built into the side with a long elevator rising up to the different floors.
After stopping at a nice looking restaurant to fill up before the long walk ahead we carried on alongside the river, past a few interesting looking temples to an 'Insectarium', which displays many kinds of insect (as you would expect). We didn't stop here to look around as we had a long way to go before reaching the end of the trail. Along the way there were many signs warning people not to feed the monkeys, something I would happily have refrained from doing, had there actually been any monkeys there! Its one of my goals to see a wild monkey in Japan but up until now I have not succeeded, I live in hope!
Eventually we reached the end of the route to see a cascading waterfall, not a huge one but quite pretty nonetheless, it was a nice end to a walk through some beautiful scenery and I think we will return when the leaves start to turn as I hear the forest looks amazing at that time of year.
The trek begins, with an ominous hotel looming!
A good place to stop for lunch
Even the drain covers are beautiful here.
Insects, with a mantis trying to muscle in (top)
A tunnel to another world perhaps?
Beware of falling rocks and giant monkeys
I'll pass on the drinks thanks
At last, the waterfall!