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(Mt.) Ameyama Mountaineering Adventure

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Located in Kumatori-town in Osaka Prefecture in Japan, Mt. Ameyama or simply Ameyama (雨山is a mountain refered to by locals as the Rain Mountain.

Mt. Ameyama stands 312 meters tall. From the clearing at the peak, you could see Osaka Bay and Kansai International Airport. Aside from that, you could also see a panoramic view of the Izumi mountains and towns near the mountain. The mountain offers more than just the beautiful scenery. It is also historically and culturally significant to the Japanese people especially to those living near the mountain.



The locals before (probably until now) believed that the Ameyama Dragon King is living on the summit of the mountain. The Ameyama Dragon King is said to be in control of the rain. When there is drought the locals would climb up to the peak ti ask the dragon for rain. Today, the villages of Nariai at the foot of the mountain practice the belief through an event called Hassaku every 1st of September.

On the historical side, the mountain was the …

Osaka: Okuyama Ameyama Natural Park

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Located in Kumatori-town in Osaka Prefecture in Japan, Okuyama Ameyama Natural Park  (奥山雨山自然公園) is a place ideal for jogging, trekking, biking, and even family bonding.

Okuyama Ameyama Natural Park is really blessed by Mother nature. It has picturesque hills where one can see a 360-degree view of the park and its surrounding areas. It also has plenty of plant life that will surely add beauty to the park during spring and autumn season. 
Aside from the park's natural beauty, there are also several man-made structures that equally adds to the appeal of the park. Examples of these are the Eiraku Dam, whose stored water gives a dramatic lake-like atmosphere, another one of these man-made structures is the walking course constructed around the "lake". It not only gives visitors a chance to see the different parts of the "lake" but also helps people get fit. Lastly, the viewing decks on top of the hills that gives trekkers an unobstructed view of the park.
I visited Oku…

Japan Diaries: Day 4

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Day 4 December 22, 2014:

It's a cloudy day today. It looks a bit gloomy but I won't let that stop me from fulfilling my plan to revisit Eiraku Dam today. I have discussed the plan with my wife and it's a go. Hence I can't postpone my plan.

I headed out quite early. Though my wife decided to stay behind to rest because her energy was drained during the previous trips. Well, I don't want to force her too because I calculated that the trip to Eiraku Dam and back would take at least 4 to 5 hours. Plus I would just be walking during the whole adventure.
Halfway during the trip, snowflakes fell and for the first time I got to experience an event like that. The snow didn't built up though and melted within half a minute. After the brief admiration I continued on. After almost an hour of walking I finally reached Eiraku Dam. I found out the it was actually a part of the Okuyama Ameyama Natural Park. Aside from the walking course around the Eiraku Dam site that Mr. Toshi a…