Today, I have walked about the Hoto Mountain (宝登山) (N36.092981, E139.09171) in Chichibu area that is in northern part of Tokyo. It was a walking event of railway company. I wrote down this walking event on my blog at May 21. It was rain today, but at a flower garden, there were a lot of California poppy and poppy, it was full bloom and very beautiful.
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I arrived at the Nagatoro station around 10:00am. I finished a registration for a receptionist and began to walk around 10:10am.
When I arrived at the ice pond, it began to rain, so I wore the rain gear.
I attached a hood to the rain gear, and I began to walk again to the top of the mountain. The inside of my wear began to sweat.
In spite of such a bad weather, many people had participated. When the weather is bad like today, I felt that it was difficult to keep my own walking pace.
A steep long stairs are located in this side of peak.
When I walked down for a while, there was a station of a ropeway.The mountain path was getting wider from this point.The width was about 3m, and it was continuing to the Hoto-san shrine.
The flower garden (N36.092321, E139.107240)
There was a flower garden about the middle of the way to the station. Rain began to stop. The large flower garden was on an artificial field. But it was full bloom with California poppy, I guess that my tiredness was healed by it.
(start) Nagatoro station (N36.095167, E139.112341)
-> Hiike(= Ice pond) (N36.09898, E139.102696)
-> Nogami Pass (N36.102318, E139.085916)
-> through a forest path of Narasawa
-> Treasure mountain-climbing rear approach
-> Summit of Treasure mountain (N36.092981, E139.09171)
-> Hoto mountain-climbing front approach
-> Shrine of Hoto mountain (N36.093197, E139.103141)
-> California poppy garden of Nagatoro village (N36.092321, E139.107240)
-> Nagatoro station (N36.095167, E139.112341) (end)
Location Nagatoro-City, Saitama pref., northern Tokyo
Destination Mt. Hoto (N36.092981, E139.09171)
California poppy garden (N36.092321, E139.107240)
Date walked May 31, 2009 (rain)
Walk type Easy hill walks
Difficulty Suitable for anyone who enjoys an easy walk
Distance 9km ( about 5.6miles )
Time taken about 2hr 35min ( without brakes )
Railway stations Nagatoro (長瀞) (N36.095167, E139.112341)(Chichibu Railway)
Bringing articles : a bottle of water, rain gear, a household medicine, something to eat (a lunch) and a copy of insurance card, etc.
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