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Ross-Barry Barcock
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Minouragatake, Konpirasan, Suitaiyama & Yakisugiyama . . . .
. . . . are four mountains in close proximity to the settlement of Shizuhara, in the northern suburbs of Kyoto City.     Konpirasan's existance I discovered in 2003, in Lonely Planet's guide to Hiking in Japan - the chapter on the Kansai Area. There was som...

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The Kyoto Trail - Route-61 to Ohara.
Map Location.     It's about 6-weeks ago that I emerged from the bush onto route-61, after completing the 'Kiyotaki to Route-61'  segment of the 'Kyoto Trail'. My original plan had been to return much sooner but, thanks to the elements, in this instance the...

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The Kyoto Trail - Kiyotaki to Route-61.
    I arrived at the J.R.Hozukyo Station ( map location ), that overlooks the Hozukyo Gorge, on a cloudy, crisp morning. With the recent rain the Katsuragawa River was flowing high and strong. I had about a kilometers walk before arriving at my planned star...

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The Kyoto Trail.
    With all the books and maps available for the outdoor enthusiast, and believe me there are many, the series on the 'Kyoto Trail' seemed to have escaped my attention. But, with the help of the ' Kyoto Trail ' website, I was to discover that copies were a...

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Otaki Waterfalls and Shrine.
      The settlement of Yuyadani ( map location ) is nestled-amongst the hills of rural Ujitawara and is encompassed within an area known as 'The tea growing capitol of Japan'.    The settlement was home to Nagatani Soen (1681-1788) who was responsible for ...

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The Temples and Shrines of Kumagahata, Mayumi and Sugisaka.
    I need to warn you, before you commence reading this, if you have an aversion to snow, then don't read any further. If it wasn't the snow I was trudging through, then it was ice I was doing my best to avoid slipping on. And it was everywhere, and, in pl...

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Exploring Tayama.
    It was a map of cycling courses through the tea-growing district of southern Kyoto Prefecture, that drew my attention to the settlement of Tayama. It was an area that I had passed-through, on one of my many cycling tours but, on this occasion, I decided...

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The Daibutsu Railway.
      The Daibutsu Railway has been nicknamed 'The Lost Daibutsu Railway'. With a short lifetime and little documentation, much remains a mystery. However, today, more than a century later, tunnels, abutments and other remnants still stand and provide us wi...
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