The main aim of this  trip was to climb Mt.Tateyama. This account describes the “shachuhaku” road trip from Kyushu to Mt. Tateyama.

On the way, we visit many places of interest or natural beauty. As we skirt Kyoto, we drop into Sanjyusangendo before discovering the weird architecture at Omihachiman. Then, in Noto Hanto, it is tiny rice paddies before Noh and Dinosaurs in Fukui.

We climb Tateyama and explore its surroundings before we wind home visiting temples, Matsue Castle and an ancient silver mine.

We hope this information proves useful to others exploring well known places and in finding the more obscure.