Does anyone have any experience hiking in the Kansai region of Japan? I and some colleagues will be in Kyoto for a conference in July, and we plan to spend a few days hiking afterwards. I have the Lonely Planet "Hiking in Japan" 2nd edition (2009) and the following routes from the Kansai section are shortlisted:
11. Odai-ga-hara to Osugi (p185)
7. Yatsubuchi-no-taki (p172); possibly paired with
6. Buna-ga-take (p171) with an overnight stay in a mountain hut,
I've heard that the suggested routes in the LP can be a bit 'sub-optimal' but that the destinations themselves are sound.
Camping is also a possibility - but that might be just me on my own.
Any route or hut recommendations? Or good places for info in Kyoto? Maps etc ...