At 2190 meters, Mount Ena is listed as one of the top 100 hikes in Japan. (The view from near my apartment last spring).
Following the Nakatsugawa river back to its source...
The narrow trail winds its way through thick, green vegetation.
What trail, you ask?
Just follow the slippery, moss covered rocks uphill for, oh, let's say 2,189 meters!
Along the way, don't forget to stop and smell the fungi!
The view from the summit, after 3 and 1/2 hours of hardcore hiking. Somewhere, tucked beneath the folds of those mountains, is my home.
J looks remarkably excited about the prospect of sliding down Ena on his oshiri as he slips over the edge.
The tough kids who climbed Mount Ena, and lived to tell the tale.