Hiking in Japan: Takatoriyama & Jinmuji Temple - Kanagawa
in 1590 a massive army of toyotomi hideyoshi surrounded odawara castle in a campaign to eliminate the hojo clan a group of miners dug under the castle walls allowing the armies to enter in a skirmish ensued over the following days pojo samurai warriors retreated under the moonlight into the forests and sought refuge at jimmunji temple located in what today is miura peninsula hideyoshi's forces pursued the retreating samurais into the forest and ultimately destroyed the buddhist temple complex subsequently rebuilt after the rebellion today the temple stands in a lush forest surrounded by nature and rolling hills inconspicuously located on a hiking path for outdoors enthusiasts of any skill level to enjoy come along and today we'll explore the expanse of ancient forest hiking trails which today is a playground for hikers bird watchers rock climbers and nature lovers alike we are in kanagawa prefecture in the heart of the miura peninsula and i walked the same stretch of earth ancient samurai once stood my name is rock eastwood and i am on assignment to enjoy a simple freedom this is hiking in japan all right bros i'm back on the trail after being on quarantine for 16 days and a few work days i wasn't able to get outside but now boo yeah we're outside finally stoked for the simple freedoms today we're hiking from jummunji station area we're going to come up on jummuji temple as before mentioned and we're going to hike to takatori yama takatoriyama where they do rock climbing and then it's a giant buddha statue i've been there before those of you have been on my channel for a long time that video is really old it's not good and it's since been deleted so it's a good day to get out here and hike close to my house i'm really not allowed to travel far from my house right now but just for exercise we're out here and yeah let's see what the day brings first stop jummuji temple let's explore baby good to be back wherever that trail goes this way says jummuji temple so that's where we're gonna go i'm using some new equipment today i've got the gopro go wireless go the lav mic which you might see here which i've never used before so let's give it a shot let's see how it is it's i got it hooked up to the uh gopro media mod this is not about equipment but i just want to tell you what i'm using just case you're curious i also have the canon here for pictures and whatnot and hopefully we'll get some good footage so peaceful out here i've only seen one person so far today the og it's really beautiful it's a little bit colder than i expected today but that's okay we're gonna warm up here on the trail i am walking in the same exact footsteps as samurai have sept hojo clan or many other different clans samurai over the years it's always a good feeling to step back in history and look at a place that your eyes are seeing the exact same thing that they saw maybe the brush is more overgrown or less grown or the trail is a little different but basically what i see is the same as they saw and that's something special that is something special that's freedom that's cross cultures that's cross centuries i could stand in this spot it could be any century the 1500s it looks like this be the 1600s it looks like this 1700s it looks like this and it's 2021 and it looks like this next stop jimmuji temple climb up these temple gates climb up these temple gates climb up these temple steps don't sound the bell i like that the bell's got this like leather i don't know if it's leather but bangs into this part cool and get a good shot here instagramable shot maybe maybe that's pretty sweet pretty sweet i don't even know if this lav mic is picking me up i hope so and if so it's totally worth it to to get one of these mics but that's the whole reason i bought it to do this to be able to walk away from the walk away from the camera i'll show you what it looks like so this is what we're doing we got the gopro setup with the road and i got the thing on my pocket and then it's on this gold pole onto a little manfrotto that's how i'm doing it today oh it's got these uh little guardian guys out front probably not gonna be able to see this guy right now because the sun is here but guardian i forgot what it was but there's something special about this tree it's uh one of the oldest trees in this prefecture or something 400 years old i don't know i just made that up giant tree so cool so so cool there's somebody praying over there i don't want to be disrespectful this is a buddhist temple and as you know most a lot of Japanese are buddhists or claim to be buddhists so let them do their thing and i'll explore around a little bit over here till she's done with her little prayers i don't know what this is just another buddhist thing i said just another buddhist thing i don't mean it disrespectfully i just don't know what it is who's calling my phone no time for love dr, jones don't call me on my day off another little complex here she's got these stickers up on the roof i don't know what those are for i'm not sure what that's for maybe the history of it 1209 maybe it was established 1590 we already spoke about that's when this place was attacked and burned down when they were chasing the hojo clan and this looks like it's the main complex so there's the gate we went through no actually i didn't go through that gate yet did i but here's the main building this is pretty cool you're supposed to pray and then throw money in this thing but i don't have no coins right now unfortunately sorry i love temples and shrines that are in the mountains the most that's the best part of being in japan to me that i love i want to be respectful to the buddhist culture i'm not religious myself but i tend to lean more towards the believing of buddhism more than anything else i don't know if it's possible to be enlightened but i do believe if you are going to be enlightened it happens in nature look at that oh man i don't even remember that i don't remember this at all i've been here a couple times that's an awesome painting and over here i got this guy that's so good so sweet look at his feet man that's cool let me just face the detail on his face tiger white tiger i don't know what's the meaning behind that i don't know man that's awesome people wonder why we want to live overseas or live in japan or live in foreign countries for stuff like that man i missed these ones earlier look at this it's like a turtle with a snake wrapped around it it's so dope and then this one's a dragon how did i miss these i didn't see these at all earlier man that's so cool that turtle's flack'd turtle soup over here we have those god damn i love that freaking tattoo right there so is this man i love it i love it i love being out here all right let's get back on the trail and head towards takitoriyama i remember being this steep it feels kind of hard well not really because i'm out of shape because i've been sitting for 16 straight days just sitting like a mushroom not even a human just a freaking mold piece of mold growing on the couch trying to get my legs back under me somebody must he didn't probably the ocean's right there like sushi out there nice very nice great views great views that's why we hike i don't know if i'm gonna be able to get it there's mount fuji in the distance this is the viewpoint for mount fuji takatoriyama area not that great it's pretty far but for my eyes it's clear all right another viewpoint but i don't think it's going to beat the one where i just saw i believe this one's pointing to the bottom of miura peninsula which is like mirua kaigon area and jogashima but right now we'll head back down and head to takatoriyama and turn out to be a beautiful day man it was going to be a beautiful day regardless because i'm outdoors but the weather is really great right now it's probably in the 50s it's in the 50s all right out there in the distance you can see the tower that's at the top of takatoriyama and then the mountain climbing wall where people climb so i'm on my way this is not a long hike this is maybe four kilometers or something out there this yoko-yoko which i drive on every day to go to work yoko highway i don't remember seeing that last time but that's cool those poor bastards going to work that could have been me today i got the day off and i'm here what a difference in life sitting in a cubicle standing at a computer screen or yeah baby exercise for your eyes baby i was going to say a different word that started with a bee but i didn't is a half a kilometer and that's where we'll chill out we'll chill out for a little bit enjoy a little lunch just a little snack on onigiri have a drink get some fresh air looks like there's a cool rock formation here here to climb through can i fit my fat ass through there i believe so i believe so i believe so jackpot i scratch my backpack but that's okay backpacks are meant to be scratched walk through that little rock thing right there just keep it moving oh man just bang my camera on the wall i guess that's the the downfall of carrying the camera on the peak design clip i just got to be careful but i do have the the cage around it so uh you know atama-ey ne that's how smart i am huh genius rocky geez take another another turn or two we'll be at takatoriyama okay this is steep they got this chain here to help you along but uh i don't know that miss covid khan is still around so i'm not going to touch that horse let's just go bare hand raw dog there's raw doggy i'm not touching you chain i'm touching near you but i'm not touching you freaking horse. hey ah i just touched the chain i did i did see it shaking i touched the chain i called it a horse and it drew me in like a magnet hopefully you can hear me holla if you can hear me comment below just kidding i hate that youtube stuff. i love youtube but i hate the dork youtube stuff you want to comment give me a comment if you don't want to that's okay you don't have to like it you can dislike it i don't care i'm making this video for that one person that does care most people hike down there but i'm up here because i'm a rebel so rebel Bob MARLEY baby you don't know about that oh man okay tucker toriyama's right up here i don't know if you can see it on the gopro but that's like the tower you can climb up to and get a viewpoint there's so many trails that lead to this miura peninsula there's a lot of mountain bike trails too that run through here oh man see i don't know if i'm going the right way the trail splits you can go down that way and go up this way and i said the magic word didn't i and go up you can go you can go up and go up this way we go up although that might have been the wrong decision this time because what the hell okay that doesn't look like a trail this might be a trail but that's some rock climbing stuff hmm should i go for it well follow my home rule always go up i don't know if i made the right decision this time because i know you can get to the viewpoint tower from down below there's some stairs but that's not adventurous stairs aren't adventurous let's climb the rocks huh let's do the rocks gamble scandal let's do the rock scramble ah okay okay this is cool i never went this way this is cool a little bit dangerous but danger is my shut your mouth no it's not okay let's see if i can get to the top of this rock normally it wouldn't be a problem but since i'm holding this camera these multiple cameras and we'll go up here oh there's people up there this is just the rebel way of go making it up there oh we're climbing up here we're climbing up here yes son i did it i didn't do it yet but about to hey hey hey that's how we do that's a view jesus oh it says it probably says don't be up here hey someone's rock climbing there let me get out of here oh shoot.
gotta hop the fence all right i'm supposed to be up here ah damn it how embarrassing i'm gonna go around i'm too fat to hop that fence pretty sure i'm not supposed to be on this ledge try to find the way in on the other side that was cool though that was totally worth it even though i may have broke the rule a little bit it's totally cool when i looked down i saw people climbing up that wall rock climbers yeah they really don't want you to be up here damn okay i am going to have to hop the fence all right shoot. wait okay i'm definitely too old for that hey i made it let's check out this viewpoint he didn't the rock climbing walls over there here's another test for the microphone i don't know if you could pick me up in this wind somebody climbing up right there pretty sure i wasn't supposed to be over there that's okay john looks like there's a school out here in the distance and then there's tokyo bay oh tokyo bay and on the other side is chiba chiba prefecture then way out there in the distance is yokohama city where i live you're not going to be able to see on the gopro but yokohama is out there yokosuka navy base is over there you can see a warship in the water out there pie not on the gopro let me bust out my other camera today out here is the Yokosuka navy base and the japanese self defense force base i don't know if you're gonna see there's a some warships out in the water which we see every day at work but yeah this is where we work this is where i work opens up to tokyo bay opens up the tokyo bay out here and then as i tried to show you out there tokyo is out there in the distance rainbow bridge i could see skytree there's no way you can see it on the camera and then yokohama is on this side where i live just a little bit probably like uh 40 kilometers from tokyo yeah that out there is tokyo that out there is tokyo i don't know what you can see right now because i can't see my my uh my monitor i hope you can see something all right let me switch back to the gopro all right all right let's head down there to the rock climbing wall and check it out climb down to this rock wall and watch the rock climbers oh man check out you got to see this rock wall though it's really cool you got this huge rock wall sweet sweet sweet sweet that's where i was up there you can see it this is up there let's go up this way let's check out this practice climbing wall yosh yo i'm up here usually the rock climbers are here oh yes oh yes very cool seems like they're doing uh training today i don't want to bother them because it seemed like the guy was a rookie and he's probably already nervous so i'm not going to sit there and photograph them film them be respectful just head on down the trail there's some other parts to see let me find a spot to chill out the sunshine a little park is usually where the ocean hang out and play mahjong drink their one cup sakes so i won't go over there i don't want to fringe on their territory this doesn't look too bad but no it's not perfection let's find perfection hey this looks cool get some sunshine have a snack i got my colorado bushcraft ground sheet today so let's set that up to them at check out this ground cloth here that i got from mitchell beautiful piece of artistry just tied this uh leather rope around it like this look at this check this baby out look at that's got wool heavy canvas hey got this wasabi sandwich so spicy my mouth's on fire let me finish this sandwich drink some water you might head over to the buddha statue what a day what a beautiful day i fed these guys now they want more you guys are greedy you're selfish i give you a whole big piece of bread you fat bastards get out of here out of here i gave you some all right let's pack up i love this ground cloth by colorado bushcraft so awesome put it back in my bag like this i'll see what i got in my bag that's where i keep it i got the drone here i got a peak designs case with the a lot of batteries and stuff like that cords i usually keep extra lenses in here but i don't need it for this hike since i'm using the uh gopro mostly and then i got my peak design tripod here which i haven't even used today so yeah let's close it up let's hit the road all right i'm all packed up got the camera here soak it in one last uh breathe in the fresh nature not that this hike is over yet we still got some more to do but we'll leave this spot which is takatoriyama i guess it's been about five years since i've been here last but check this out boys how dope is this hmm how dope is this hell yeah i don't know if you can see the scale of this it is giant let's take some pictures with the cannon that's why i brought it got some shots of the buddha check me out my instagram rock used to it on instagram you want to see those man it's not something you run into every day on your hikes so super dope super super dope damn that's cool i think the last time i was here it was summertime when i went back up in here there were so many mosquitoes but look how the walls are cut this is nuts this is crazy the way it is look how that is i don't know how they do that or why they do that that's pretty insane pretty insane if you ask me it's super cool super dope yeah this is the uh yakuza rock quarry i don't have that much information about it i'm sorry but it's still pretty cool yeah what a day what a day it was a good day hiking out here in uh yokosuka japan on the mira peninsula i enjoyed it got some sunshine some vitamin b some vitamin b some vitamin d d's nuts and you know what that ladies and gentlemen is simple freedom