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Myoujin Mountain Hiking

- Hiking at Myoujin Mountain, Oji, Kitakatsuragi-gun, Nara, Japan. These pictures are from various date but most likely the middle of Summer based on the clothes we are wearing.
These pictures are not exactly in order but anyway.... This is obviously us in front of the sign with information about the mountain and various hiking trails.
Close up of the information sign.
Heading up the tree-lined trail. Now 1,000 meters until the top of the mountain.
Some wood carvings on the way up.
Now 460 meters until the top of the mountain.
Us in front of the small Shinto shrine at the top of the mountain.
Close up of the shrine.
Sun setting through the trees.
View deck overlooking Nara.
Us on the view deck.
Again the view deck.
Shai and his messy mouth.
Some thunderstorms building off in the distance.
A hazy view of Nara.
Shai enjoying himself.
Shai getting excited.
Me and the little dude.
Me and the little dude again.
Akiko and the little dude.
Akiko and the little dude again.
Sun setting in the background.
Again, sun setting in the background.
Walking the trail back at night.
Full moon over Nara.
Eating a snack.
Eating a snack again.
View of Nara.
View of Nara.
Up on the view deck.
Up on the view deck.