My friends invited me to join them on a hike to Ippomatsu Park and I was happy to accept. We started our hike up at this cemetery.
Leading up to the temple, there were some interesting decorations.
I'm not sure what this is about, but I think if you stand on this stone, your legs will get more energy. In case you can't tell from the pictures, it was a steep walk.
This view was nice, but it gets better higher up.
This is the entry gate to the temple. I don't know the name of this temple, but I'm calling it the bird temple bacause of the cute little birds there.
The big bell.
More steps up to the main building.
The taller man started talking to me in English. His English was excellent. He told me he started learning English at age 60, and he was happy to talk with me. I was the third American he talked with this year.
The little birds here were so cute and would fly up and get sunflower seeds from your hand.
After the temple, the trail became very steep and I didn't take any more pictures until we got to the park at the top.
We had a picnic lunch with this view.
The park is quite nice and worth the steep hike to get to.
The trees won't change color for a while here, but this one ginkgo tree was yellow.
The walk down wasn't as difficult. What a good day!