It wasn't really "hiking" so much as walking along this path. Let's just say there were women in heels and dresses carrying purses. That's Japan for ya! Also, there were all these souvenir shops and restaurants along the way. Good for bathroom access and snacking, but not great for really feeling like you're in the nature.
They were really into showcasing the agates, crystals and other interesting stones, in this case in this little rock garden. I can't decide if it's creepy or cute. That's a frequent problem for me here.