I am fascinated by Japanese castles. As I was poking around on google maps, I was surprised to find out that just a few train stations and a hike away from where I live was the Kambara Ruins. I made a plan and thought I could walk from the Shin Kambara train station. I was quite pleased with my google map find. I thought I could find my way with the map on my gadget! I walked along and passed under the expressway. The roads I saw on the map didn't match up with the roads in front of me, so I checked the map again. This is what I saw!
The map didn't know where was! I didn't know where I was either. I started along this road, but it was going sharply downhill and into a tunnel, when I knew I should be going uphill.
I turned around and went in the uphill direction, even though the path didn't look like the map. I saw some interesting things along the way.
This strange road came to a stop.
As I got higher, I had some very nice views.
Aha! The map found me.
I finally saw this sign. I was sure this was where I wanted to go, but still wasn't sure how to get there.
An uphill path through the woods was next.
I walked and walked and followed this path to the shrine. It looked like it had recently been mowed, but otherwise was pretty lonely looking.
I felt sure I was very close to the ruins, but I couldn't find a way to go beyond the shrine. It was like a jungle and I couldn't see a way to continue. There was no opening or path.
After walking around and failing to find a way to continue to the castle ruins, I had to turn away and go back down. I plan to come back in the winter when the jungle has died back. There are so many adventures in Japan, but sometimes I get totally lost.