Hiking Mt. Goken

For a long time now, I have seen this mountain in the distance. It is fairly close to where I stay in Yashima, but I’ve just never gotten around to it. Finally, yesterday, inspired by the absolutely perfect weather, I decided to recruit a friend of mine to the cause, and climb Mt. Goken, or Gokenzan! I like to think of it as a “facial silhouette” mountain… The resemblance is uncanny. I wanted to go to the nose, but unfortunately, the trail only led to the 85th Shikoku Temple. I had to settle for a temple and view. There are worse things I suppose. This mountain also still employs a working cable car, unlike Yashima’s abandoned one, as shown here.

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After a nice hike, I met with a couple other friends to visit an onsen (hot spring/bath house) that I recently learned was in the area. Win!

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5 thoughts on “Hiking Mt. Goken

    • Funny anecdote. Right after I posted that comment on Monday, I went to have lunch with my in-laws and we ended up… in Yakuri! (at Yamada-ya, one of the most famous udon restaurant in Takamatsu, do you know it?).
      Then, reading your post, I was not sure what you meant by “facial silhouette” but right after lunch, I was back home, I look through my window and there I have it, right behind this building, the facial silhouette! Now I can’t unsee it! 🙂

      • That’s hilarious! I had to pass that udon shop on my way up the hill to the henro trail! I haven’t been there yet, but it was very busy when I passed it so I assumed it was very good considering how far removed it was.
        Oh, and congrats on the facial revelation! I guess the quote on my homepage has some truth in it now 😉

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