|Sampo[ Sharing Kyoto Staff ]
The hiking route up to the mausoleum does not promise much, in fact it makes you think is there a mausoleum up here?
But after walking a bit you get to some stairs that are in really good shape, and you will know you are in the right place. Here you are surrounded by the forest and the temperature drops quite a bit compared to being under the sun. It is also really quiet, and the feeling is solemn.
And then there is the sign basically saying please behave and don’t litter. The sign is by Kunaicho, the Imperial Household Agency, who is also responsible for upholding this mausoleum. This is also the reason why the mausoleum is in really good shape even if it is really hard to access. The sign looks almost new.
And here it is: the mausoleum of emperor Uda. This mausoleum is rare in that you actually look down on it, not up like is the more usual way.
Looking at this torii gate makes you feel like all this hiking was worth it.
Going back down, you can see this great view of Kyoto city. After seeing this I was truly glad I had hiked up here.