Nakasendo – Nihonrain Imawatari to Unuma
It’s the routine that kills you. Knowing what’s coming when you step out of the front door. I know what’s down the road and I don’t want to walk it.
Walking the Nakasendo – Utozaka to Nihonrain-Imawatari
Last year after finishing the Kisoji I extended the walk by continuing on the Nakasendo, eventually stopping at Utozaka in Mitake, Gifu prefecture. I’ve cycled in Mitake countless times but this was the first time walking in the area.
Festival: Gujo Matsuri
The big brother/sister to the Shirotori Festival is the Gujo Hachiman festival just a few kilometres south in central Gifu.
The Shirotori Obon Dance was held every summer for over 400 years in central Gifu until the pandemic changed everything.
Fujimidai is the perfect place to hike with the family. The trails are safe, the views are wonderful, and it only takes 2 hours to get there from the Nagoya region.
Nakasendō – Walking Takenami to Mitake
The original plan was to walk to Mitake with my daughter, but with the route covering more than 20 kilometres, as well as moderate spring summer heat meant I chose instead to walk solo and meet up with her and my wife at a friend’s house for a wonderful sansai (山菜) lunch.
Nakasendō – Walking Nakatsugawa to Takenami
With the Kiso-ji section of the Nakasendō coming to an end on my last walk I needed to decide on a plan to continue. Either turn around and start again heading northeast back along the Kiso-ji again (but why so soon?) or continue walking west along the Nakasendō.
Film Nostalgia on the Kisoji
Every now and then I get pangs of nostalgia, pull out the Leica M6, and shoot a roll or two of film. Anyone that has shot film before knows that it slows you down, forces you to think before pressing the shutter