With no real plan after the temple, we casually drove to the east in search of lunch. Remember to check out my post on RoryFollowsCars.com about another spot we stopped at.
A small road caught my eye and up we went-
It turned out to be a mountain top park that had trail access to the temple area we had just come from. This place was far less crowded and had a lot more pink-
The sign in the background says "Barrier Free Trail" which means it was good for baby stroller. Aki thoroughly enjoyed it-
We went back down the small mountain into the valley to find some grub on the main thoroughfare. In this kind of area that meant "big road with nothing on it." We did eventually find a place but it was just another mediocre chain restaurant. We tend to go to those a lot actually when we are on the road because they are a safe bet for nonsmoking seats and well...that is best now. At least this one had a good view out the back-
After lunch it was time to start north again and I had picked a wonderful road up and over the mountains and finally, a road that went along the ridge line a bit. It was an incredibly twisty and fun road with hardly and other car traffic on it and I would love to go back some time. However, there were idiots like this on it-
Not surprisingly, there was a small lookout (cost money, boo) and a small shop that sold local produce and veggies. The women running the place were friendly but a little too friendly I think. Yukino just thought they were being nice when offering us pieces of orange and telling us how delicious EVERYTHING they had was and how we should buy something. I enjoyed my piece of orange quickly booked it out of there.
Just down the road was another lookout that I decided to stop and check out despite Yukino wanting to hang back. Unlike her though, this girl had no problem with the short hike up. Actually, yes, yes she did have lots of problems.
The road twisted and hair pinned its way down back into suburban Osaka and I saw that were was a waterfall around. Go figure. I set out to find it and ended up a BBQ place with fancy shmancy cottages along a horrible small man made river.
Determined to find the waterfall, I strapped Aki on my back and started walking up stream. Eventually that meant I had to take to the streets a bit but there we some good sites to be seen. For some reason the houses in this area for the most part were amazing.
This hotel at the entrance of the shrine had seen better days though-
Going into the shrine-
Gotta purify first-
A trail behind the last building led us to this-
We looked at it a bit then decided to head back rather than press on up stream.
These houses were like small castles-
I had never seen wild cactus in Japan before and this wall had it sprouting out left and right-
Aki enjoyed driving back-