Our returning night flight from Kansai International Airport certainly provided us ample time to make a memorable side trip to this little mountain with lots of small but charming waterfalls and some temples. After having breakfast near the Nankai Izumisano station, we took a public bus ride from the bus terminal just outside the station which passed through the small Izumisano town and went to the countryside. Well, the last bus stop is right at the foot of Mt. Inunaki (literally means Dog Barking Hill). From the bus stop we turned back and walked down the slope to the valley. After passing by some Japanese hot spring hotels and the Inunaki Yama Onsen Center, we were in a valley surrounded by natural forest and mountain range. The early winter breeze made our up-and-down climbing of the natural footsteps and bride crossing rather refreshing and enlightening. The story of the dog that barked because its master was in danger but was mistaken and even killed by its master who latter regretted his act and became an ascetic monk certainly had added some heart-touching moments for us although the hiking was not tough at all as we were not in a hurry. Perhaps because it was winter, other than a few locals who were mostly Japanese middle age women, we were the only foreign tourists there. Well, although we did not hike up to the upstream of the waterfalls we still enjoyed our trip in Mount Inunaki and we will come again next time for the hot spring bath.
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