磯砂山 Mt. Isanago
About 15 years ago, I climbed Mt. Isanago for the first time. From the summit, you can enjoy a spectacular 360° view. You can even see Amanohashidate. It's another beautiful day today so I want to climb it. So I decided to go trekking instead of mountain biking, and got dressed accordingly. However, unsurprisingly, I really want to go exploring on my MTB too. Mt. Isanago's track entrance is a long way from here. You have to go through Mineyama and close to Kumihama. I have, however, heard of another track going up from near Nodogawa. Right! I've decided! I'll explore for that track entrance on my MTB. I go to Tsunekichi, Omiya, Kyotango, and then start exploring by MTB. Oh no! Because I was going to go trekking today, I didn't put my cycling pants on when I got dressed this morning. Looks like I'm going to get a sore backside. Oh well, nothing I can do about it now. Will just have to grin and bear it.
On the way up, I met a man working in the fields. He said to me, "I've heard that you can go all the way to Mineyama. But not by bicycle". I replied, "This bike can go anywhere." Then he said, "Please be careful. Bears have appeared." I thought to myself, Bears！ That's not good！So I asked him, "Was that this morning?" He replied, "No". Phew！ I continue on and explore then. I also asked that guy, " Where is the entrance to the Mt. Isanago track?" He replied, "It's in the next village over."
Recently, during my exploring rides, I came across 3 of the 'Seven Princesses of Tango' by chance. Hagoromo Nymph, Hosokawa Gracia, Ono-no-Komachi