> Azalea flowers come in various types and colors but I'd like to talk about the red and pink ones that grow on Mt.Katsuragi in Nara.
Mt.Katsuragi is a well known Azalea mountain that is located in Kongo-Ikoma-Kisen Quasi-National Park. Every May, many visitors come to see the beauty of millions of Azaleas blooming. It looks like a large red carpet is covering the mountain. This is a famous photo spot in Japan. If you like elegant natural places, you should visit.
We visited there on the weekend, and we didn't expect that there would be a lot of people at Tozanguchi Station. The best way to reach the top of Mt.Katsuragi is to get the ropeway, which takes just 6 minutes. But I had to wait in line for about 3 hours. OMG! We decided to hike to the top. We spent about 2 hours there. There are two popular hiking courses, called Kujira-no-taki course and Kitaone course. We selected the short course. It exhausted me because the route had some high slopes and I didn't wear hiking clothes.
Finally, we arrived at the top and then found a good place for a picnic. We had prepared some snacks, food, and drinks. I saw some other visitors brought food like me.
Wow! I wasn't tired anymore when I saw the magnificent Azalea scenery.
We took some selfies.
I recommend coming on a weekday to avoid the peak season crowds.
How To Get There
From Osaka: Take the Kintetsu Gose Line to Kintetsu Gose Station about an hour and then get the bus to Tozanguchi Station. Buses depart at gate 3 every 15-20 minutes.
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