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Let’s go hiking!

Are you enjoy this beautiful weekend?
October is the best month to walk, ride a bicycle and hike on the mountain. I love October!!

Let me introduce GTK’s next hiking this month.
Date : October 21st, Sunday.
Place : Mt. Iwaya in Kumogahata, very north of Kyoto City. (The origin of Kamo River)
Meet at : Subway Kitaoji Station, no.5 exit at 8:30
Fee : ¥2000 including the transportation between Kitaoji and Kumogahata and temple’s admission fee.
Bring : Bento, drink

Schedule : Start to hike from Iwayabashi bus stop at Kumogahata at around 9:20.
Bento time at around 11:30. Keep hiking and go down to Shimyo-in Temple on the middle of Mt.Iwaya at around 13:30. Relax and see the garden of the temple for about 1 hour. (about 5km hiking)
Shimyo-in Temple was founded by the high priest, Kukai in the 8th century to protect the God of Kamo River, and also be the place where Hayao Miyazaki, the director of Studio Ghibli, had been inspired by some sprit of nature when he made a famous film, Princess Mononoke.
Take the shuttle bus back to Kitaoji at 15:10. Arrive at Kitaoji Station at around 15:45.
The local guide will take us to the safe way and explain about some unique plants on the mountain on the day.


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