Most of the forest section of this circuit is on either trails or semi-abandoned dirt roads, and a pleasure to run. A section even consists of a historic 'trunk route', a trail that samurai would have used during the Edo Period hundreds of years ago, although there are no in-situ clues or signs recognizing it as such.
|Some of the road section on the way...|
|The steepest section of the tour leads to a mountaintop shrine with a distant view of the sea. Climbing at 26 meters/minute, my heart rate peaks at 180...|
|This section is the 'samurai trail'. It stays high following a long ridge top. Because of Japan's rugged topography, the easiest transit route was often along the tops of the mountain ridges rather than in the short, steep-sided valleys below.|
|Leanne tries to chase me down by MTB...most of these other pictures are thanks to her!|
|A rather pleasant section of trail.|
|People still live in places like this!|
|A satisfying bit of exercise!|