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Two quick time (and quick) movies of the Shiratani Creek rushing past:



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Sunrise from the balcony of our ryokan

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Sunrise from the balcony of our ryokan

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Climbing up to Shiratani Gorge, one lane road again

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Climbing up to Shiratani Gorge

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The bridge near the trail entrance

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The first hint that the trail wasn't as improved as the one at Yakusugiland, we had to climb over these boulders.

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This waterfall was really loud, still on the improved part of the trail

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The pipe feeds utilities upslope to the hut

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And now we get into the rough stuff, Cris climbing up

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This tree was huge, the rope is two fingers in diameter

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Just below the next picture.

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Just up from the last picture, a tumble of branches

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The pink plastic ties marked the trail, as well as the row of stepping stones and the bit of cleared forest

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Moss covered spiral log, just below the next picture

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Just above the last picture

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Big hollow stump

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Where the hollow stump from the last picture meets

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Not the trail...

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Cris climbing up the cedar path

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The moss is taking over...the Genseirin (Primeval Forest) Hiking Trail

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Three pronged tree, Sanbon-ashisugi Cedar

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We came from the Shiratani Hiroba Yard, and were on our way to the Koya Hut and beyond

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Yaku deer just off the trail

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Yaku deer

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Yaku deer

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Yaku deer

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A fern growing on the trail

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Stream crossing

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This trunk stood out against the green leaves

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Cris clambering down the trail

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See how they improved the trail for us?

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Bugyou sugi

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Bugyou sugi

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Bugyou sugi

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Stopping for a break by a stream

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Breaking by the stream

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Breaking by the stream

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Breaking by the stream

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Breaking by the stream

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Breaking by the stream

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Breaking by the stream

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Probably Nidai-Kugurisugi

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Kugurisugi

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Kugurisugi

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Kugurisugi

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Kugurisugi, looking up from inside

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Heading up to the lookout, after the hut

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From Taikoiwa Rock

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From Taikoiwa Rock

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From Taikoiwa Rock, the same rock we saw from the other side in Yakusugiland, Tenchu-seki

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From Taikoiwa Rock

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From Taikoiwa Rock

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From Taikoiwa Rock

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From Taikoiwa Rock

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Cris, all tired out from the climb up to Taikoiwa Rock

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Me, all tired out from the climb up to Taikoiwa Rock

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Heading back down again

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Cris tying his laces on the Kusugawa Hiking Trail - the trail dates back to the Edo period, women would haul cedar shingles out along this trail that runs along a ridge, high above the river

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Kusugawa Hiking Trail winding along the hillside

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Kusugawa Hiking Trail winding along the hillside

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Back down to the river, Shiratani Creek

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We survived our 4.5 hour hike!

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My poor feet, though it was my knees that hurt like blazes, sitting on a bench by the Shiratani, killing time before the bus

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Back on the improved section of the trail

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Shiratani Creek

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Shiratani Creek

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In the trail head shelter, our packs are finally off of our backs

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By the bus stop, this helpful sign pointed out area attractions

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HUGE yellow wasps were buzzing around us as we waited for the bus

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Fuzzy picture of one of the huge wasps buzzing around us at the bus stop

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Taking the bus back down to Miyanoura, windows were dirty

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Taking the bus back down to Miyanoura

Created with the tool album tool from MarginalHacks by David Ljung on Sun Nov 12 19:34:29 2006