Nagano is a hiker's heaven.
At certain times of the year the trains here are so full of be-backpacked and be-belled, head to toe Paddy Palin wearing, gartered and booted, carbon fibre stick toting retirees it's surreal.
I like hiking.
I've lived here for eight years.
Despite all that I've never been hiking here.
No particular reason, just busy and not really knowing where the trails are and more than a little afraid of bears but anyway....
Friday S asked me to join her o a walk to Hachibuseyama.
It was pouring rain Friday morning.
But we decided to go anyway and it was a great decision as the weather cleared and the forest was really beautiful.
Unfortunately we didn't make it all the way to the top of the mountain as it was supposed to be a 2 hour hike and after hiking for 2 hours we came upon a sign saying '1 hour 45 minutes to the top' so made the executive decision to turn around.
Oh well- next time!