Arashiyama, Kyoto
Fukunishi-San, who at the beginning of our ascent set a cracking pace towards the summit. ・・・



Peter Thompson さん

Hello fellow Ramblers and visitors,
Our March hike took us to Arashiyama, Kyoto.

At the station, everyone got re-acquainted, smiled for one of the many obligatory group photos, and after a few short detours at the start of the hike we began our journey.

On this occasion, our group leader was the ever youthful and wise Mr. Fukunishi-San, who at the beginning of our ascent set a cracking pace towards the summit.

The weather was not ideal, light drizzle and the crisp, cool air ensured everyone’s raincoats and umbrellas remained in use throughout the day. It could have been worse however, we could have been at WORK! Keeping this in mind the group’s spirits remained high, despite our attire being slightly wet.

After a short lunch break it was time to conquer the summit. With everyone full of fuel and renewed vigor, the Kansai Ramblers reached 382 meters shortly after. Now everyone’s eyes were on the next reward, a relaxing soak and well earned ale.

The descent was completed with little trouble, and before we knew it we were back to the hustle and bustle of life in Japan.

Once catching the bus back to JR Kyoto, it was time to unwind, and without fail our ever reliable “enkai bucho”, Shima-San was there to take us through our final paces. After the group had relaxed for an hour-long bath it was time for the party. The beer was cold and free-flowing, and the food, hot and mouth-watering.

Another successful Ramblers hike had come to an end, as we now look forward to April, and another familiar old friend- Rokko-San.

I look forward to seeing you all soon.
Peter Thompson