巨石文明にまつわる『王子が岳』に登ってみた/ To the Megalith, Smie Rock

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To the megalith, Smie Rock😊


Today, I drove to Mt. Ojigadake, located on the Kojima Peninsula in the southern part of Okayama Prefecture, adjacent to the Shibukawa coast on the border between Tamano City and Kurashiki City. After driving uphill from Okayama city for about an hour, I could already see the Seto Inland Sea from the parking lot, but I walked along the promenade and arrived at the observatory in about 20 minutes. At the top, there are benches, a cafe with a great view called "belk", an event square, and a place where you can fly with a paraglider. Once you reach to this point, you will be able to see the whole scenery, and you can see the beauty of the Seto Inland Sea such as  the small islands, the Shikoku Mountains on the opposite shore, and the Great Seto Bridge and the townscape at the foot of it on the far right.


For climbers, the height of 234m is called as a low mountain, and it seems that it is also a hiking course with an excellent view. Ojigatake is known as the origin of bouldering, as a sacred place, and also for its popularity as a paraglider. On that day, many climbers called out to me every time we passed each other. In addition, there seems to be a music event that weekend, and a large number of construction workers are setting up a large-scale stage, so the event in nature looks really a lot of fun.


I went down to the right from the main observatory, there is another observatory where you can see people climbing Smile Rock. Smile Rock is a charming megalith that will make you smile when you find it and it is the best beautiful spot. Even though I grew up in my hometown of Okayama, I think this is the first time I've made it this far. When I arrived here, it was before 10:00 in the morning, and the scenery was hazy. When I went to the side, there was a good panorama of the view. There was a strong wind blowing, and I felt like I was about to be blown away if I didn't stand firmly with a big thrill.


On this day, I saw a woman bouldering on a mat with Smile Rock, which made me laugh. I was threatened by a construction worker at the site that a wild boar would appear, but I didn't encounter it and there are many stray cats living here, and seeing black kites flying relaxed in the blue sky is paradise itself. Thanks to my new trekking shoes, I didn't get too tired, and it was a good hike that left me feeling refreshed and energized. Come to think of it, the icon for this blog is a smiley rock that looks like an man looking at the ocean and smiling. Also, I will post the video here