Walking in the hills from Koyashita to Kudoyama Station, Wakayama, Japan.

Wakayama Walk

It rained hard the day before so hiking on the muddy and slippery mountain trails north of Mount Kōya, in Wakayama was out of the question, especially with a young daughter in tow. Instead we followed a local tourist map from Koyashita station up to a small mountain pass and past persimmon farm after persimmon farm towards Kudoyama Station just to the north.

Stopping to chat with a couple of farmers on the way before settling for a picnic at the top. It was a wonderful morning.

The three of us, at the top of the pass, overlooking northern Wakayama.

  • A single cherry blossom tree. Walking in the hills from Koyashita to Kudoyama Station, Wakayama, Japan.
  • A persimmon farmer. Taken while walking in the hills from Koyashita to Kudoyama Station, Wakayama, Japan.
  • Cherry blossom blooming at a temple. While walking in the hills from Koyashita to Kudoyama Station, Wakayama, Japan.
  • Village, river, and mountains. While walking in the hills from Koyashita to Kudoyama Station, Wakayama, Japan.

In 2002, I rode from Tokushima in Shikoku to my wife’s parent’s home in Aichi, cycling straight through this area. Keeping the mountains on my right and following the river upstream I kept heading northeast. There was no Garmin or Wahoo, or even a mobile phone with map functions, just a brief list of place names to head towards.

I was completely reliant on local road signs but it worked perfectly, not getting lost until I reached Nagoya after dark, less than 5kms from the destination.

I miss those days, and I already miss that picnic we had at the top of that pass less than a month ago.


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Based in Japan since 2001 I spend free days adventuring into the mountainous regions of central Honshu and occasionally Hokkaido. In 2021, I plan to slow down and talk to more people. Feel free to email me.