Today I headed out to complete the Hikosan courses. I travelled to Kokura on the JR Kyushu Sonic express and then down to Saidosho station. From here I set off up to Shojigatake. This was my first time hiking this route so it was good to see a new mountain and a new trail. I saw a few snakes along the way including a beautiful Japanese forest rat snake! The trail up to Shojigatake was very pleasant and easy. At the top it appears that it was once the site of a castle and it has great views of the area all around. I took the trail down to Osakayama past many small peaks with a good amount of up and down hiking. At Osakayama I stopped for lunch and a rest. I hiked down to Kawara station but was shocked by the number of giant hornets (Suzumebachi) that were hoovering around and most of them came to take a look at me! I arrived at Kawara station and changed my Tshirt because it was so wet from sweat 💦 It was so hot today! I arrived back at Kokura and decided to use the Shinkansen to get back. I was surprised to see that it was a Hello Kitty Shinkansen! Ha ha!