Well, I have been a ‘引き蘢り’ (hikikomori) for a while now, so I thought a little bit of strolling outside through the nature would help clearing up my head a bit. I have always loved an adequate outdoor activity anyway.
The first time I heard that the mountain is 1,213 m tall, I assumed this would be literally a stroll in the park like when we ‘climb’ Mt. Oyama (1,252m). The one on this post -> Mt. Oyama: Leisurely hiking Fancy shops, fancy cable cars, fancy stairs… Well, the height is not much difference, right?!
Nope, guess again.
Although we only did like 700 meters hike that took one and half hour up & one hour going down, this journey is a full fledged hike capable of making legs wobble like a new born fawn.
Mt. Kintoki seems to be a popular course in Hakone. The name of the mountain is taken from the famous merchant who used to live here.
If you are an anime otaku, the name ‘Sakata Kintoki’ must have ringed a bell. He is likely the inspiration behind the main character of that notorious serial ‘Gintama’ .
It was pretty rocky and steep and in some places I had to use rope to pull my self up. It was pretty tiring, but Hakone is a hot spring (onsen) city, I bet all people goes for a dip after a hike like we did to ease the strained muscles.
It was worth it. I got my dose of nature and sunshine,
and when we arrived at the peak, the sky above Fuji san went ‘Kimi no na’ on me.
(Have you seen the movie? it’s really good, English title ‘Your name’)
So it was a perfect way to start up 2017.
*hikikomori ：people who just don’t go outside to see other people, officially translated as social withdrawal