Spring Hakusan Super Rindo Walk 2011

This guest post is by Megan Lam, ALT.

Image from the Super Rindo website.

Every year the Super Rindo toll road, which runs from Ishikawa to Gifu, is closed off one weekend so that the public can walk on the roads. It becomes a beautiful trail with a lot of picturesque stops along the way–streams, waterfalls, foot onsens, etc. The scenic walk is about 15.5km, or however far you choose to walk.

This year the event will be held on the weekend of June 11th and June 12th. There’s a 1,500 yen entry fee per person and the Super Rindo will be open from 8:30-16:00 on both days. Anyone can pay on the day of at the Ichirino Ski area.

Those who will be driving can park there for free and then take a free shuttle up to the starting point. For those without a car, you can reserve a bus in advance from Kanazawa or Komatsu for 1000 yen return trip.

What: Super Rindo Walk

When: June 11th or June 12th, 8:00-16:00

Where: Starting point is Ichirino (一里野) in Hakusan

Price: 1,500 yen per person (Payable on the day of the event) (The price is reduced to 300 yen for guests staying at the hotels of the Hakusan Onsen Village  [白山温泉郷]).

Access: Drivers can park at the Ichirino Ski area for free and then take a free shuttle up to the trail.

Buses are available from Kanazawa Station or Komatsu Station, but reservations are required in advance. From both stations the price is 1000 yen for round trip.  For reservations, call the Hakusan City Tourist Information Center at 076-273-4851. Bus reservations can be made until 6 pm on 10 June.

Spring 2010 Photo Contest

Photo: Wide Island View

Wide Island View, the Hiroshima JET webzine, is running another photo contest with even better prizes than before!

This time, they’re looking for your Spring photos taken in Japan during the past 6 months, so get yourself over to their website to get a complete list of rules and regulations.

This season, prizes come courtesy of White Rabbit Press, which creates excellent Japanese learning materials (I know, because I have a set of their kanji flashcards — they’re lovely).  Winners will also have their photos featured on Englipedia.  As last time, even if your photo doesn’t earn you a prize, it may end up featured in the Shashin Spotlight on the WIV website, showing off your fine photography skills.

By the way… Ishikawa JETs represented 6 of the 33 photos submitted to their previous contest — aaaaand our very own Gregory took 2nd place, which is all kinds of awesome.  Hope we can outdo our previous numbers and make those Hiroshima-folk learn where we are on the map!

Rules

– Photos must be set in Japan

– Photos must be Spring photos

– Photos must have been taken in the past 6 months (and given that Spring is just barely starting to show itself, I’m guessing you’ll have taken these photos in the past two weeks…)

– You must have taken the photo you submit

– Photo must be at least 1,200 pixels on one side (most cameras do this).

– You can only submit one photo!

Submission Deadline: May 15th

Interested?

Submit your photo and details to wivcontests (at) gmail (dot) com. Title the email “Spring Photo Contest 2010”

Be sure to include a title for your photo, your full name, if you’re a JET or not, your Japanese hometown, where the photo was taken, and a brief description.

Start looking through your photos now and help represent Ishikawa!