A week after my trip in the Kansai Prefecture, my aunt called on Tuesday night saying that we’re going out the next day leaving at 5 AM. I did not hesitate to say ‘yes’ because we might go somewhere exciting!
On the 11th of November 2015, we had a three hour drive going to…
Mount Haruna (榛名山) in Gunma
Mount Haruna (1,449 meters) is one of the “Three Mountains of Jōmō” (old name for Gunma), along with Mount Akagi and Mount Myōgi located in Maebashi City, the capital city of Gunma Prefecture.
The road up to the mountain is similar to the road going up to Baguio, Philippines. It follows the inconsistent folds of the mountain’s terrain with set of intricate turns. Drivers would love the road as they drive swiftly while passengers enjoy the countless numbers of irregular trees in autumn colors. The trip was also refreshing in 14° degrees Celsius.
After the ropeway ride, there is another 100 meters hike going up…
Thank you Ren! ♥📷
I wasn’t ready for this trip and my Go Pro buddy says “Memory FULL”. It was the worst notice ever. Lesson learned. 😂👍
We were trying a scene from 500 Days of Summer… But I just can’t. Haha!
Across the mountain, you can rent a bike and roam around…
This place simply reminds me of Baguio, you can rent bicycles for as low as ¥600 for 30 minutes or ¥1000 for one hour.
If you don’t want to exhaust yourself from biking, then you can simply…
If you have more time, you can try the famous Ikaho Onsen or hot spring (伊香保温泉) located at the eastern slopes of Mount Haruna at 700 meters elevation.
On the other side of the lake, you can view the symmetrical cone-shaped projection of Mount Haruna, also known as mini Mount Fuji.
This mountain is categorizes dormant stratovolcano which has many peaks along with the crater lake at the top, wherein people enjoy fishing, camping and boating.
Momiji is the Japanese name for Acer Palmatum, the Japanese maple tree.
I am telling you that this is not your ordinary matcha ice cream! It’s homemade, creamy and authentic!
Going down the mountain, you will see different souvenir shops like this one. You can buy authentic specialties of Gunma, Japan.They have udon, jams, mochi, biscuits, fruit candies and flavored meat. Aside from edible goods, they also sell keychains, magnets, Japanese dolls, purse and handbags. 👍🎌
Lunch was served at one of their famous restaurants, as seen on television…
Complete meal costs ¥650-700. Serving was too many, but definitely the main course was tasty and a bit spicy. Perfect for the cold breeze on the mountains! 🍴 🌄 🎌
Since they don’t offer desserts…
Thousands of sweet apples 🍎🍎🍎
I ate four apples in that farm, and I think I won’t eat apples until next year. 🍎
After visiting the farm, we decided to go for a walk at the park…
We really had an awesome and fun filled day in Mount Haruna away from the busy and hustling city of Tokyo. The only noise I can hear was my giggles. 😂 My cousin and I were able to spend time together sharing the same passion for photography. Obviously I love to be the subject of my cousin’s photos. Haha! 🍦 🍴 🌄 🍎 🎌
Most of the mountains in Japan are too much established, roads are paved and cable cars are made available to transport visitors (most specially the elderly). With these facts, it is easier for the Japanese to visit their own spots. Back then, they also have strong belief in deities so please expect that most of the mountains has shrines and torii.
My first mountain in Japan, which tends to be Japan’s tallest mountain – Mount Fuji, was overwhelming and full of hard work. I never thought that seeing my second mountain would be this fun and easy.
Read my birthday climb in Mount Fuji here. 🌟👌
Thank you for reading! ♥
Planning my third mountain in JP… 👣🌄