The day began in the best possible way, with a Sento and an onigiri (rice ball). We then went on to smash out 25km of hiking in just over 8 hours. Some of the walk required doubling back on ourselves, and my personal highlight was descending down a mountain at such a rapid pace that Ben assumed his GPS’s altimeter to be broken. Thus, when we reached the half way point, turned around and now had to climb back up said mountain, it came as somewhat of a surprise that we had to ascend at a rate of about 70% (just over 700m vertical climb in a little over a kilometre). At the peak my legs hadn’t so much turned to jelly as morphed into the Rowntree’s factory.
After the momentous walk, we treated ourselves to another Sento and then headed to ‘Jonathan’s’ for our dinner. This was my first time eating in one of these establishments, which is basically an American Diner serving Japanese food. Unfortunately for Jonathan his eatery had a drinks bar, and so for ¥280 I was able to drink all that I could. The result of which being that his profit margins took a downward turn at a rate of significantly more than 70%.