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Japan Diaries: Day 26

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Day 26: January 13, 2015 (Final Day)

Good morning Japan! It's a perfect day to go out on an adventure today. However, today marks our final day in Japan. Today also marks the saddest day of our stay here in this beautiful country.

Instead of going out, we just spent the remainder of the day packing up our baggage.Our tears started pouring as we put the last of our stuff in the luggage. As a matter of fact, one box of Kleenex couldn't stop the tear flowing from our eyes.
That afternoon, we bid farewell to Kameyama residence (I took pictures of the different parts of the house, particularly our room, as a remembrance). Mr. Toshi and his family drove us to Kansai International Airport. We found it very hard to say good bye to the people who took care of us and treated us as family. As the hugs (and goodbyes) were exchanged, Mr. Toshi left us a promise that we could visit again anytime (and they'd bring us to more beautiful places).
As the view of Kansai International Airport grew…

Osaka: Mount Kongō Ropeway

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Found in Minami Kawachi-gun, Osaka Prefecture in Japan, Mount Kongō Ropeway (金剛山ロープウェイKongōsan Rōpuwei) is an aerial tramway that transports visitors to Mount Kongō and back.

The ropeway is 1,323 meters long and gives a commanding view of Mount Kongō, Kansai International Airport, and Osaka Bay. It is owned by the village government and the line peration is entrusted to Gourmet Kineya. (Yup a restaurant company). 

The line opened in April 1966 and has since given convenience for tourists who wanted to visit Mount Kongō. With the ropeway, the usual 1 - 2 hour hike is dramatically reduced to a 6 minute ride. There are two tramway cabins and each cabin has a capacity of 46 passengers. 
Mount Kongō Ropeway is very memorable for me and my family because it's the first time for us to ride such type of transportation. Aside from that, our eyes feasted on the beautiful sceneries that we could see while riding the aerial tramway.

Mount Kongō Mountaineering Adventure

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Located in Minami-Kawachi-gun, Osaka Prefecture in Japan, Mount Kongō (金剛山Kongōsan )is the tallest mountain in Osaka.

Mt. Kongōstands 1,125 meters high. A large part of the mountain is located within the territory of Osaka Prefecture but its peak is located in Nara Prefecture.


The mountain is popular for hikers and non-hikers alike. For hikers, the mountain has about ten normally used hiking routes. It would take a hiker 2 to 3 hours to reach the peak depending on his pacing. Non-hikers on the other hand could ride the Mt. KongōRopeway to reach Mt. Kongō Station which is situated at the altitude of 1,053 meters (The highest point in the territory of Osaka).
Speaking of the Mt. KongōRopeway, it is a 1,323 meter aerial lift owned by the village government. It is also the symbol of Chihaya Akasaka Village.