While staying in Kyoto I went on a fantastic hike with my two Aussie brothers in Kyoto, Alex and Andy. We went up Yatsubuchi no Taki ("Eight deep-pooled waterfalls") in Shiga prefecture about 90 minutes drive from Kyoto. We set out from the car at 12 noon and returned 6 hours later after some perilous climbs, refreshing dips and waterfall showers, and some magnificent scenery. We didn't see another person all day. We finished up soaking our sore limbs in an onsen (hot spring) on the way back to Kyoto.