On Sunday night, the last ALT came from Canada, so on Monday we all went with Keis and his JTE to Mt.Haruna near Maebashi. I think the original plan was to drive half way up the mountain then park and walk the rest of the way up, but since we got a late start, we just drove the whole way there. Mt. Haruna has a large lake in the middle of it with a mini mountain in the middle. The day was rather overcast, and while cool, wasn’t the best day to go up to the top of it, so we just walked around the lake and took pictures and were generally silly.
Trying to be artistic. Haruna has some gorgeous flowers, though!
Anyway, after getting tired of making fun of Keis’s wet pants legs, we all piled back in the cars to Haruna Jinja, or the Haruna Shrine. As of now, that is my favorite place… it was absolutely beautiful! Unfortunately, my camera decided to run out of batteries, so I had to trick it into taking pictures, which was pretty much: set up a shot, turn on camera, hit button quickly, turn camera off before it figured out what I was doing. So I didn’t get great pictures, but here are a few:
Hanging around waiting on people below the shrine
One of the Torii Ken and I decided to detour through. He’s just as curious as I am about things like paths; we traveled one for about 30 minutes of good hiking before finally figuring people might be waiting for us and going back. Pity; I want to travel the whole thing next time!
Definitely a place I will be back to. I’d like to see it in all seasons!