Chichibu-Ontakesan Mountain in Saitama Pref.
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Climb up Chichibu Ontake Mountain
I started to walk from the Mitsumineguchi Terminal Station of Chichibu Railway. Many person uses a bus line from Mitsumineguchi Station to the entrance of mountain path.
Mountain path has three entrance route. My selection was the route from Kowaishi.
The distance from Mitsumineguchi Station to the start of a trail up the mountain is about 2km. I took a walk to see a Chichibu ravine area.
In the middle of the mountain path to the summit, the god had been seated in front of a trail. I prayed a safety of this trekking.
It has a very sharp narrow ridge, a lot of rock zone and very steep ascent around the summit. Although there is a rope and chain, you have to concentrate your attention to your steps. If you let your legs slide, it will be serious injuries.
The summit of the mountain
The summit has a small shrine. The descending way near the summit from a mountain to Ochiai (落合) is a steep downslope. Although there is a rope and chain, you have to concentrate your attention not to slide.
Descent from the mountain
In a course of a descent from the mountain, I walked on the mountain path along the mountain stream.
I could see a lot of small falls, it was beautiful.
In a descent, the first destination was to Ochiai, and next main destination was to Otaki Onsen (大滝温泉) that would be given a rest and a hot spring.
In this mountain path, I slipped on a steep rock and have hit my back head slightly. A stiffness of my boots sole are very stiff, it have been giving me a slip risk. I thought that I ought to change my boots.
I found a drinking water from the mountain near the Mitsumineguchi Station. It is about 1km from the station. The place has a parking area. The water flow was guided by a small pipe from a small waterfall that could be seen. The water was flowing continuously and rhythmically. The plate says it as "drinkable water". (N35.95218, E138.96481)
(start) Mitsumineguchi Station (三峰口駅) (N35.959968, E138.978571)(10:18am)
-> Kowaishi (強石) (The gate of trail start) (N35.952417, E138.963161)(10:58am)
-> Sugino Pass (杉ノ峠)(N35.95028, E138.95080)(11:54am)
The God of the mountain had been seated in front of a trail.
-> I took a rest and had a lunch. (N35.96651, E138.94325)(13:10pm~13:15pm)
-> Chichibu-Ontakesan Mountain (秩父御岳山)(N35.96655, E138.94265)(13:18pm)
-> Kiyome-Taki (waterfall)(N35.95654, E138.94014)(14:33pm)
-> Ochiai (落合) (Another gate of trail start)(N35.95338, E138.93744)(14:46pm)
-> Ohtaki-Onsen (hot spa)(N35.95029, E138.93813)
-> I took a rest and took a hot spa bath. (14:52pm~16:20pm)
-> Natural Drink Water (N35.95218, E138.96481)(17:48pm)
-> Mitsumineguchi Station (18:12pm) (end)
Location Chichibu Area, western part of Saitama
Destination Chichibu-Ontakesan Mountain (1080.5m)
Date walked June 26(Sat.), 2009 (Clear/Rainy season)
Walk type Mountain walk plus a little climbing
Difficulty for normal walkers
Distance about 19.8km (without bus access)
If you use public bus, the distance you need to walk will be half.
Time taken about 6hrs (without intermission)
I took a rest at Ohtaki Onsen about one hour.
Map; I used the Japan RoadNavi 25000 v2 produced by UUD Co.,Ltd.
Key Word :
north western part of Tokyo, Saitama, Chichibu, hiking, walking, day walks, Mt.Chichibu-Ontakesan, Natural drink water, 秩父御岳山, ハイキング, ウォーキング, 日帰り, 秩父鉄道, 三峰口, 大滝温泉