Wind swept on the saddle of the summit.
With the friendly walkers who adopted me at the beginning.
View from the bottom- at the onsen we went to soak in post walk
View from the top - 1,548 metres above sea level.
The walk started in open fields; then through winter bare forests where gusts of wind lifted the deep layer of dried leaves into spectacular whirls; then cedar pines where we walked on the fallen pine needles releasing their perfumed oils; then up above the tree line clambering over volcanic rock of the long dormant volcano to the wind battered summit.