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08/30/2009

A Ring-path of Oze National Park

Today, I walked around Oze-Numa.
In Oze, there are few flowers in summer end season, so every one says "Out of season".
It rained on the previous night. The weather of the day was cloudy from foggy morning. Therefore, the boardwalk has got wet. It was very easy to slide on it, so I was getting nervous on a little slope walk. From the word "Out of season", I had hardly expected about wild flowers. However, I was able to see the beautiful small flower be in bloom here and there.
Since there were few hikers, I seldom needed to wait a person who is crossed with me on a narrow boardwalk. And I was not hastened my walk from back. I was able to enjoy the nature of Oze in a comfortable walk condition.
I think "The wonderfulness of Oze" that those who have visited Oze say was able to understand in such an unfavorable condition.
I will upload the picture to some part divided along the path.

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My Ring-path route
Ozenuma_trekking A blue line shows my trekking route, a yellow one is a bus route.
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1) Numayama pass Bus stop(沼山峠バス停) --> Ohe-Shitsugen breakaway
(大江湿原分岐)
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2) Ohe-Shitsugen breakaway(大江湿原分岐)
--> Nushiri(沼尻)
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<-- People who are researching the mode of deer's life in Oze.
My first destination was Numajiri (沼尻).
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3) Nushiri (沼尻) --> Oshimizudaira breakaway
(大清水平分岐)
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4) Oshimizudaira breakaway (大清水平分岐) --> Sanpei-Shita (三平下)
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5) Sanpei-Shita (三平下) --> Ozenuma Visitor Center
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6)
Ozenuma Visitor Center --> Ohe-Shitsugen breakaway (大江湿原分岐)
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Ohe-Shitsugen breakaway (大江湿原分岐) --> Numayama pass Bus stop (沼山峠バス停)
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Course :
(start)
-> Miike Parking lot (御池駐車場) (N36.98382, E139.30413) 8:02am
I moved by a shuttle bus. It's about 9.3km and 15minutes by bus.
->
Numayama pass Bus stop (沼山峠バス停) (N36.94816, E139.33431) 8:17am
-> Ohe-Shitsugen breakaway (大江湿原分岐) (N36.92914, E139.31644) 9:14am
-> Nushiri (沼尻) (N36.93513, E139.29359) 10:20am

-> Oshimizudaira breakaway (大清水平分岐) (N36.92387, E139.29863) 11:03am
-> Sanpei-Shita (三平下) (N36.91984, E139.30857) 11:27am
I had a 25minutes recess for lunch at Sanpei-Shita.
-> Ozenuma Visitor Center (N36.92737, E139.31581) 12:13pm
->
Ohe-Shitsugen breakaway (大江湿原分岐) 12:20pm
-> Numayama pass Bus stop (沼山峠バス停) 13:15pm
-> Miike Parking lot (御池駐車場) 13:45pm
-> (end)

Key Notes    
Location             The plateau of the shape of a basin which is in highlands sharing by four prefectures (Tochigi, Niigata, Fukushima and Gunma).
Destination         
Oze National Park
Date walked        August 30(Sun.), 2009 (Cloudy after Foggy)
Map                   Garmin GPS + Japan RoadNavi 25000 v2 by UUD Co.,Ltd.
Walk type            Mountain walk
Difficulty             a little tough because of a long distance walk 
Distance            
13.5km
Time taken          about 5hr15min ( includes a short break for lunch)
Railway stations   
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08/23/2009

Hinatawada St.- Mt. Mimuro - Mt. Hinode - Mt. Mitake - Mitake St.

I walked Mt. Hinode and Mt. Mitake again. Trekking_route_from_hinatawada_to_m Please look at the former mountain walk, too. At Mt. Hinode and around Mt. Mitake, I saw many persons. In a narrow path, I had to wait a ascending person frequently.





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A sightseeing from Mt. Hinode was beautiful than my last visit because today was a little good weather. I could see Mt. Odake clearly and Mt. Otuka (north of Mt. Mitake) was a little difficult. But I could not see Mt. Fuji in a mist.


Dscf2098sDscf2124sI thought that the Ayahirono-Taki waterfall and a following Rock Garden was a really beautiful place which were not visited last time. I took a lot of pictures around the areas.






Dscf2249s A sightseeing from the Cable Car Station was a little good. I saw a misty Kanto Plain.
I walked from Cable Car Station to JR Mitake Station after got off the ropeway. I thought that I walked too much today.

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To a entrance of mountain path
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I got off at Hinatawada Station. I set on the GPS navigation and started to walk. My first destination was Hinode Mountain (日の出山) through Mimuro Mountain.  A destination key word is "日の出山登山口 (Mountain path entrance to Hinode Mountain)."




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To Mt. Mimuro and Mt. Hinode

The first destination key word is "日の出山 (Hinode Mountain)" or "御岳山 (Mitake Mountain)" in Japanese. At the indicator board beside the Trii gate is showing this two key word.
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Dscf1902s Dscf1904s I found a Kotohira Shrine beside a mountain path.
It was a small shrine, but it was a beautiful shrine, and a sight was also fine.




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Dscf1929s <-- I arrived at the summit of Mikasa Mountain at 10:57am.






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Dscf1960s <-- This point is about 600m from Mikasa Mountain. I crossed the road and walked straight to the front.





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At the summit of Hinode mountain (h=902m)
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To Mt. Mitake

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<-- Now, I arrived at the shrine gate of Mitake Shrine.
(at 12:55pm)
I went to the Ayahirono-Taki first without climb to the shrine, and next destination was Tengu-Iwa and Nanahirono-Taki. Finally, I came back to Mitake Mountain.



To Rock Garden and Waterfalls
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Course
:
(start) JR Hinatawada Station (日向和田駅) 9:45am
-> Mimuro Mountain (三室山)

-> Hinode Mountain (日の出山) 12:00pm
-> Ayahirono-Taki waterfall (綾広ノ滝) 13:24pm
-> Rock Garden(ロックガーデン)

-> Nanayono-Taki waterfall (七代ノ滝) 14:22pm
-> Mitake Shrine (御嶽神社:御岳山) 15:04pm
-> Cable Car Station (ケーブルカー駅) 15:50pm
-> JR Mitake Station(御嶽駅) 16:44pm (end)

Key Notes    
Location             Okutama Area, western part of Tokyo
Destination          Mitake Mountain(御岳山)
                         Hinode Mountain(日の出山)
                         Ayahirono-Taki waterfall (綾広ノ滝)
            Rock Garden (ロックガーデン)
                         Nanayono-Taki (七代ノ滝)
Date walked         August 23(Sun.), 2009 (Cloudy, sometimes a little rain)
Map                   Garmin GPS + Japan RoadNavi 25000 v2 by UUD Co.,Ltd.
Walk type            Mountain walk
Difficulty             a little tough because of a long distance walk 
Distance             about 16.2km+2.9km
      (7.2km;
Hinatawada Station -> Mt. Hinode,
      +9.0km; Mt. Hinode -> Mt. Mitake -> Cable Car Station,
      +2.9km; Cable Car Station -> Mitake Station )
Time taken          about 6hr17min + 46min ( includes a short break for lunch )
Railway stations   Hinatawada and Mitake Station (JR Ome Line)


Key Word
: western part of Tokyo, Okutama, Hinatawada, Mitake, hiking, walking, day walks, Mt. Hinode, ハイキング, ウォーキング, 日帰り, 青梅線, 奥多摩駅, 御岳山, 日の出山

Reference
If you have a interest to my walk plan. Please look at the next URL. It will show you the route. I uploaded the route plan to ALPSLAB route. Regarding route from Rock Garden to Nanayono-Taki (七代ノ滝), I transcribed the location from my GPS trekking data. The GPS accuracy was in very bad condition because of valley walk. So, the accuracy of the route will be not worth believing.
http://route.alpslab.jp/watch.rb?id=d0617be599bf1139516ce3b9ab66a5d3

Okutama Visitor Center (N35.808420, E139.097616)
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<- The available map
(in- and out-side print of the map)
Map size is about 720mmx515mm.



08/22/2009

Gozaisho mountain in Mie prefecture

A Gozaisho mountain (御在所岳) is a rocky mountain which belongs to southern Suzuka Mountains (鈴鹿山脈) and consists of granite.
Gozaisho_mountain Stitch_from_gozaisho1s I didn't have a enough time to climb a mountain, so I decided to climb only a Gozaisho Mountain. An ascent trail was to walk, and descent trail was to use a ropeway. I went by car to the foot station of a ropeway, and parked it on a parking lot and climbed the mountain. Gozaisho mountain has a many route to climb. One of them was restricted because of the risk of a collapse of the mountain after concentrated heavy rain.
I could see Chita peninsula (知多半島) which is in the opposite shore across beautiful Ise Plain (伊勢平野) and Ise Gulf (伊勢湾) from the summit of Mt.Gozaisho.
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Climb the mountain path
Dscf1524s An entrance of the mountain path was near the ropeway. But, it was difficult for me to understand a full route map. I decided to walk up from a front mountain path
"表登山道 (Omote Sandou)."




Dscf1528s First, the keyword here was the front approach path "表登山道 (Omote Sandou)", and I walked searching that indicator board. I found the mountain path easily.



I took a picture whenever I found a attracted spot.
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He intended to climb Kamagatake Mountain. We were untied at the branching point. (9:43am) I walked to the direction of Buhei Pass (武平峠) at the destination board.

When I walking up the path for a while, I found a Trii gate that is the start of the mountain
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As I walked up a mountain path a little,
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While I was climbing a mountain path, a collapse of a trail path was sometimes found.
I needed to check carefully where the point of the mountain trail would be connected. The destination board was hardly found after the Trii gate. Especially near the summit, I was sometimes lost a mountain path because of a collapse of the mountain. I walked in search of the route which goes to a summit that it is easy to walk. I have to go up to the summit by thinking the gradient at a branch point.
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A slope of the path was like a surface of large sandstone, so it was very easy to slide down.






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The only clear destination board from the Torill gate
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I could check my route correctly at this destination board.





There was a crossing over a stream with rock

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I had to take a balance to walk on the rock.






I met a
Japanese skink and a darning needle
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(left picture) This is a kind of typical lizard observed in Japan, and is a Japanese endemic species. The English name is a Japanese skink. The body has metallic luster and it has a beautiful blue metallic tail especially in young age.


At the summit
of Mt. Gozaisho
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I got easily at the summit of the mountain. At the summit of this mountain, it had a first-class triangulation point.

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I am wondering which is the real summit?



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A descent by Ropeway

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Course
 
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Gozaisho Ropeway Station based on the mountain (山麓:御在所ロープウェイ駅) (start 8:49am)
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Front approach path "表登山道(Omote Sandou)" (9:46am)
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Mt. Gozaishodake (御在所岳) (at the summit 11:15~11:22am)
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Gozaisho Ropeway Station (山頂:御在所ロープウェイ駅) (11:44am)
-> Gozaisho Ropeway Station based on the mountain (山麓:御在所ロープウェイ駅) (end 12:07pm)

Key Notes    
Location            Mie Prefecture
Destination         
Mt. Gozaishodake (御在所岳)
 Date walked       August 14(Fri.), 2009 (Cloudy)
Map                  
Walk type           Mountain climbing
Difficulty             Tough

Distance             about 6.2km
Time taken          about 3hr (without intermission)
Railway stations   


Map; I used the Japan RoadNavi 25000 v2 produced by UUD Co.,Ltd.

Key Word
: Yunoyama Onsen, Mie, day walks, mountain walk, Mt. Gozaisho, Suzuka mountains, ハイキング, ウォーキング, 日帰り, 御在所岳, 湯ノ山温泉, ロープウェイ, 鈴鹿山脈

08/19/2009

Mitou Waterfall-Mt. Mitou-Mt. Nukazasu-floating bridge on Okutama Lake

I walked Mt. Mitou (三頭山), Mt. Nukazasu (ヌカザス山), Mt. Iyo (イヨ山) and floating bridge (浮橋) on Okutama Lake (奥多摩湖). First, I went to "Tokyoite's forest" in Okutama area so as to climb up to Mt. Mitou (三頭山).
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Mitousan_trekking The main target of this trek was to see Mitou Waterfall (三頭大滝) and walk up Mt. Mitou and walk on a floating bridge on Okutama Lake.

A blue line shows my trekking route, a yellow one is a bus route. I walked about 11.1km for 5hr07min.
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I guessed that if the weather will be fine, Mt. Fuji will be seen from the summit of the mountain. The Mitou waterfall had been covering with white thin moisture vapor. So, a view from the summit of Mitou Mountain was also hopeless. Moreover, the temperature was lower, and it had no wind.

Dscf0988s Walking down from the summit of the mountain to Okutama Lake takes about 1000m vertical distance. At the beginning of walking from the summit, I thought it is not so steep. After few minutes, the inclination of the mountain path became steep suddenly. By the rain by yesterday, the mountain path was slippy, I made my stride short, and I had to walk carefully. I thought that a shock of downhill walking will be given knee fatigue and injure. So, I walked softly to prevent a knee impact.

After you get down from a mountain, you have to walk on a paved road. The road does not have a pedestrian road. And, in a holiday, it will be a dangerous road because motor-cyclists will be driven as if it were a racing road.
Walk along the road to seeing a lake on your left. A water place will be found after few minutes walking. I wiped my body with cool spring water at that place and changed into a dry new shirt. Walk along the road about one minute, you will find a path to a floating bridge (浮橋). The direction board to a floating bridge is on a cut line of the guard rail.

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The bus fee can use a SUICA card.


At a bus stop in front of Musashi Itsukaichi Station (武蔵五日市駅)
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Tominno-Mori(都民の森) --> Mitou Waterfall (三頭大滝)

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Mitou Waterfalls
(三頭大滝)
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Course
:
JR Musashi Itsukaichi Station (武蔵五日市駅) (start) 8:25am
-> Tominno-Mori  (都民の森) 9:25am
-> Mitou Waterfall (三頭大滝) 9:54am
->
Mt. Mitou (三頭山) 10:59am
-> Mt. Nukazasu
(ヌカザス山) 12:20pm
-> Mt. Iyo (イヨ山) 13:09pm
-> Okutama Lake (奥多摩湖)
  14:05pm
-> Okutama Station(奥多摩駅) 14:09pm (end)

Key Notes  
Location            Okumusashi, Okutama, Tokyo
Destination         Tominno-Mori(都民の森)

                        Mt. Mitou (三頭山)
           The floating bridge on Okutama Lake (奥多摩湖、浮橋)
Date walked        August 8(Sat.), 2009 (Cloudy)
Map                   Leaflet Hiking Map from Seibu Group
Walk type           Mountain Walk
Difficulty             A little tough

Distance             about 11.1km
Time taken          about 5hr07min (includes a short break for lunch)
Railway stations   JR Line
                         Musashi Itsukaichi Station(武蔵五日市駅) and Okutama Station(奥多摩駅)
Map; I used the Japan RoadNavi 25000 v2 produced by UUD Co.,Ltd.

Key Word
: Okumusashi, Okutama, Tokyo, day walks, mountain walk, Mt. Mitou, Mt. Nukazasu, Okutama Lake, floating bridge, 都民の森, ハイキング, ウォーキング, 日帰り, 武蔵五日市駅, 奥多摩駅, 浮橋

Notes

Tokyoite's forest is the natural park for Tokyoite. The height of the place is about 1000m but easy to access. We can go by bus from JR Musashi Itsukaichi (武蔵五日市) Station. There are many enjoyable spot. Mt. Mitou (三頭山), Mitou Waterfall (三頭大滝) and the other activities are in the park.

The next URL is the official site of  "都民の森 (Tokyoite's forest)."

http://www.hinohara-mori.jp/

A bus timetable from/to JR Musashi Itsukaichi (武蔵五日市) .
The under half of the page is for Saturday and Sunday. And you use it, you should select express (急行).
Go to  "都民の森 (Tokyoite's forest)" is on the upper half.
From "都民の森 (Tokyoite's forest)" is on the lower half.

For the Family
I think that 大滝の路コース(A course to visit a waterfall) is good for all the family.
It takes about one hour walk.

The course is that

森林館 (forest house)-->大滝の路 (path to waterfall)-->三頭大滝 (Mitou waterfall)-->大滝の路 (return path from waterfall)-->森林館 (forest house)

The path is paving by wood chips that soften a shock of our steps.

If your child could walk a mountain path a little more, my 2nd recommendation is 三頭沢と野鳥の森コース (A course of mountain stream and wild bird).
It takes about 3 hours walk.
The course is that
森林館 (forest house)-->大滝の路 (path to waterfall)-->三頭大滝 (Mitou waterfall)-->野鳥観察小屋 (a house to observe wild birds)-->かおりの路-->森林館 (forest house)
 
If your child could climb on a low mountain, the 3rd recommendation is 生活の森コース(A course of a living in forest).
You and your child have to climb up to Shouguchi Peak (鞘口峠, H=1142m), the height difference that need to climb is about 140m.
It takes about 3 hours walk.
The course is that
森林館 (forest house)-->里山休憩小屋 (mountain shack)-->山菜の路 (path along a mountain vegetable field)-->里山の路 (paths around mountain village)-->鞘口峠(Shouguchi Peak)-->森林館 (forest house)

Okutama Visitor Center (N35.808420, E139.097616)
Dsc_4114s You can get a Okutama Nature Information Map in English when you pay more than \300 funds at this Center.




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<- The available map
(in- and out-side print of the map)
Map size is about 720mmx515mm.

 

08/05/2009

A ridge walk from Shoumaru Peak to Nenogongen

I walked a ridge of the mountains, Shoumaru Pass (正丸峠), Kodaka Mountain(小高山), Izugatake Mountain (伊豆ヶ岳), Komitake Mountain (古御岳), Takahata Mountain (高畑山), Amamezasu Pass (天目指峠) and to Nenogongen(子ノ権現).

The main target of this trek was a long range walk and visiting to Nenogongen. (It is difficult to see a beautiful mountain woods and neighboring mountain view in this summer season.)


When you want to see a large picture, set a mouse on a target picture, and you just click a left-button of your mouse.

I started to walk ab
Nenogongenout 10:15am from Shoumaru Station of Seibu-Chichibu line, and arrived at about 17:15pm to Agano Station. I used a leaflet map that was published from Seibu Group, Okumusashi Hiking Map "Izugatake (伊豆ヶ岳)".
The map is onl
y in Japanese, but it has a many information and you can get it free.


The trail had a lot of steep up and down but each of them was a short-distance. The steep part was slippy clay and rocky path. It was difficult for me to foot each step at that part, so I had
to take a long tiElevation_of_nenogongen_trekkingme. The leaflet map shows that it takes about 5 hours, but I needed about 7 hours. I took 554 pictures at this trek. I guess it might be over 1 hour for taking pictures. At the steep path, I searched easy steps that minimize my physical energy consumption and shock to my knee in a possible path condition. The path was steep but the strategy was very effective for my knee condition.


The detail impression and comments

At the Shoumaru Station;
Dscf0408s This is the ticket gate of Shoumaru Station of Seibu-Chichibu Line. You can use SUICA card. I walked to Shoumaru Pass, and to Nenogongen. This was the start station of my mountain walk.

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The right building is Shomaru Station, the left building is a small restaurant and a shop. There is a stair connected to a mountain path. I found it after walking along a roadway.

Dscf0417sDscf0416sThe mountain path goes through the tunnel under the railways.


Dscf0419s Dscf0423sAfter 10minutes walk from the station, I found a prayers shrine for a safe birth.






A junction to Izugatake Mountain

Dscf0433s Dscf0435s This is the junction to Izugatake Mountain (伊豆ヶ岳). If you wanna go to Izugatake direct, you should take this mountain path. If you select the path to Izugatake, the first key word is "伊豆ヶ岳 (Izugatake)" in Japanese. If you select to Shoumaru Pass, you should walk on a paved road for a while.

Dscf0439s Dscf0440s The mountain path is the left side trail of a house. Let's go on.






As walking along the path, you will see the next scenery.
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Osarukou (お申講)
is the name of the small shrine.
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At the intersection to Shoumaru Pass

Dscf0464s Dscf0466s At this intersection, there are two paths to Shoumaru Pass. One goes to the old Shoumaru Pass, the other goes to new Shoumaru Pass. The latter path is a shortcut to Shoumaru Pass. The path seems to be flat. The other path has stairs at the beginning. I chose a latter path. The first key word on the trekking is "正丸峠 (Shoumaru Pass)" in Japanese.


Dscf0468s There was a bridge passed only two logs. The tree was wet with yesterday's rain, it was slippy and very dangerous to walk through.






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Dscf0494s Walking in a shallow stream

Yesterday had a lot of rain. The mountain path was in a small stream. I had to walk in a shallow stream. But, that was enjoyable!




Ridgeway to Odaka Mountain
Dscf0515s Dscf0523s I could see the mountains of the neighborhood from the interval of the grove of miscellaneous trees. A ridgeway was gentle slope and easy to walk.




A summit of Mt.Odaka (H=720m)

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Ridgeway to Itsuwa Mountain

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A ascent of Itsuwa Mountain

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A summit of Mt.Itsuwa (H=796m, by My GPS)

Dscf0559s Dscf0561s Dscf0564s From here, the next destination is Mt. Izugatake. I walk to the direction to Izugatake(伊豆ヶ岳).




To Mt. Izugatake
Otoko-Saka (a steeper path)/ Onna-Saka (a gentle path)
Dscf0567s This path has two route. One is a gentle path and the other is a steep path. But, the steep path was prohibited to pass through because of a collapse risk.
There are very steep hill slope on this mountain path.
When I climb up the mountain, I searched a stable nonslip footing. It was not so difficult. But, when I descend the steep hill, I needed a much longer time than ascend the steep location. My trekking distance at that day were very long, so I wanted to avoid big grounding shock frequency. Because of this strategy, my knee condition was kept up good condition.


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I took a short rest and lunch at the summit of the mountain. Since I heard the sound of thunder, I descended from the mountain summit immediately. From here, the next destination is Mt. Komitake. I walk to the direction to Nenogongen (子ノ権現).



A descent from Mt. Izugatake

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To Mt. Komitake(H=836m, by My GPS)

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To Mt. Takahata (H=695m)

From here, the next destination is Mt. Takahata. I walk to the direction to Amamezasu Pass (天目指峠).
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To Amamezasu Pas

From here, the next destination is Nakano-sawano-Kashira Mountain (H=622m). I walk to the direction to Amamezasu Pass (天目指峠) and Agano Station (吾野駅). I walked to the forward direction in the next left picture.
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Dscf0698sDscf0701sFrom here, the next destination is Amamezasu Pass
 The origin of the mountain name "Amamezasu". "Amame" means the bean persimmon in local dialect. The bean persimmon is a kind of persimmon and it is found in this mountain. When ripen, the color changes to purple. A "sasu" is a cleared sound of "zasu". The "sasu" means an archaic slash-and-burn agriculture.


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Dscf0726sYou got the Amamezasu Pass! After cross the paved road, please go up steep stair. The stair was constructed by log and end dam. But, because of rain and a drained soil from stairs, some of the stairs were falling. I walked up stairs with extreme caution.



To Nenogongen

From here, the next destination is Nenogongen. I walk to the direction to Nenogongen (子ノ権現) and Agano Station (吾野駅).
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When you descended a mountain path, you will find a house.
You have to walk around the house.








Dscf0777s This is the shrine office. And, I bought a lucky charm for souvenir. It had a small shape of straw sandals and had a small bell. Walk up the slope, then you will find a main temple at right side.




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n is a holy place to pray for a good walker. A huge straw sandal was dedicated in a temple's ground. I prayed for my good walker.

Dscf0791s That day was very humid and high temperature. The path from Nenogongen to Agano Station is a downhill slope. My T-shirt was soaked in sweat, so I changed it into a dried new one.
I walked to Agano Station through a shrine gate.


Dscf0797sDscf0799s It was a beautiful landscape from a parking lot of Nenogongen. The next destination is JR Agano Station (吾野駅). Walking for a while, you will find a direction board to Agano station.


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When you find a roadway on your forward, turn right before you cross the bridge over Koma River.





Dscf0832s Dscf0833s The walk road will get narrow gradually, but continue to walk. Climb up stairs, you will find a direction indicator board to Agano Station (吾野駅). Check the direction and continue to walk.



Dscf0837s Dscf0839s Walk along factory yard, and turn right at the roadway. In a short walking, you will find a railway crossing, and cross the railway crossing and turn left.



Dscf0842s Dscf0843s When you walk a minutes, you will find a direction board to Agano Station, the path has Y-junction, the board indicates left, go to straight to the end of the path. Turn left and go through a tunnel under the Seibu-Chichibu Line. It has no light. Please take care.



Dscf0844s Dscf0847s After pass the tunnel, turn left and walk a minutes, you will find a long step to Agano Station at the right. Go up the stairs, you will find Agano Station.











Course
 
:
Seibu-Chichibu Line Shoumaru Station (正丸駅) (start)
-> Shoumaru Pass (正丸峠)
->
Mt.Odaka (小高山)
-> Mt.Izugatake
(伊豆ヶ岳) (N35.926818, E139.160663)
-> Mt.Komitake (古御岳)
-> Mt.Takahata (高畑山)
(N35.910101, E139.168345)
-> Nakanosawanokashira (中ノ沢ノ頭)
-> Amamezasu Pass (天目指峠)
-> Nenogongen (子ノ権現) (N35.907363, E139.188896
)
-> Seibu-Chichibu Line Agano Station(吾野駅)
(end)

Key Notes    
Location            Okumusashi, Saitama
Destination         Shoumaru Pass(正丸峠)

                        Mt. Izugatake (伊豆ヶ岳) (N35.926818, E139.160663)
           Nenogongen (子ノ権現) (N35.907363, E139.188896)
Date walked        August 3 (Mon.), 2009 (Cloudy)
Map                  Leaflet Hiking Map from Seibu Group
         "伊豆ヶ岳 (Mt. Izugatake)/正丸峠 (Shoumaru Pass)"
         The maps that you can get from internet.
The URL is         http://www.hikingmap.jp/area.html
Walk type           Mountain Walk
Difficulty             Little tough

Distance             about 16km
Time taken          about 7hrs (includes a short break for lunch)
Railway stations   Seibu-Chichibu Line
                         Shoumaru Station(正丸駅) and Agano Station(吾野駅)

Map; I used the Japan RoadNavi 25000 v2 produced by UUD Co.,Ltd.

Key Word
: Oku-musashi, Saitama, day walks, mountain walk, Mt. Izugatake, Mt. Odaka, Seibu-Chichibu Line, ハイキング, ウォーキング, 日帰り, 西武秩父線, 正丸駅, 吾野駅, 子ノ権現, 伊豆ヶ岳

 

08/02/2009

Mt. Iwatakeishi and Mt.Takamizu

I walked up Mt. Iwatakeishi (岩茸石山) and Mt.Takamizu (高水山), the start point was JR Mitake Station.
Takamizuyama Mt. Takamizu (H=759m) is one of the famous mountain in Takamizu three mountain with Mt. Iwatakeishi (H=793m) and Mt. Soudake (H=756m). And it is one of a popular hiking course of Tokyo suburbs. Takamizu Mountain has two route to go up from Ikusabata station or Mitake Station (御嶽駅). I decided to climb up from the Mitake Station (御嶽駅) side. The map of the area that I referred is a map which Seibu Railway has been distributing at the station. But it may be difficult to get at the station, because I guess that this map must be a short-supply. And although the map can be obtained on the Internet, two maps of the Okutama area are not yet uploaded.
When the weather will be fine, I guess that a scene from each summit of the mountain will be good, but when I climbed, it is cloudy and other mountains were not visible from the summit of each mountain. The mountain path was not so wide frequently. The height of the mountain is about 750m, but near the summit of each mountain has a steep slope.

When you want to see a large picture, set a mouse on a target picture, and you just click a left-button of your mouse.

To Mitake Station
Dscf0067s Dscf0069sI used JR rapid train "Holliday rapid Okutama" which operates on Saturday or a holiday. If you get off at the Mitake Station, I recommend that you should ride on the 2nd train from tail is convenient. The exit from the platform of Mitake Station is only one. And, three or four vehicle from top of the train will be crowded with hikers. The exit is close to the 2nd vehicle from tail, so you can be passed the ticket gate in less crowded state.
Many person are rushing into the ticket gate. If you have a SUICA card, it's very easy to pass it. I recommend you that the ticket should be bought without fee correction at this ticket gate.

At Mitake Station

Dscf0073s Dscf0071s Dscf0077sThere was a small market that sells Onigiri-bentos, soft rice cakes, sweet corns and some vegetables.
There are lavatory and information center in a forward direction. The right building is a information center around Okutama area, Mitake Mountain, etc. The lava
tory is a inner part in a forward direction in this picture.
A lavatory was very crowded by many persons.


To the mountain path entrance

Dscf0081s At first, walk along the street about 60m to the direction of bus stop on this side.
You will find a railway crossing at the left side. Cross the railway crossing. At the front of your visual sight, you will find a small shrine. The mountain path is on the site of the shrine. Go through the gate of the shrine.




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The entrance of a mountain path is in the shrine of Jionji. Go pass on a gate of the shrine, and you will find a map b
oard ahead. The left side of the map board is the entrance of the mountain path.
The left side of the map board is the entrance of the mountain path.


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To Mt. Sougaku and Mt. Iwatakeishi

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Small Shrine that has a spring water

Dscf0164s Dscf0167s Dscf0170sDscf0172sThere is a spring water under the Shrine. So, the small tank was equipped under the Shrine. The water surface of the tank was stagnant. The quantity of the spring water was very little.
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Bypass of Sogaku Mountain

I chose this bypass of Sogaku Mountain because of steepness, but a lot of small prickle weeds were growing like a barricade on the mountain path. I had to push aside the grasses so as to move forward. So, the herbal prickle caught a yarn of my favorite wear, and had taken out yarn.

A halfway point between Mt.Sogakusan and Mt.Iwatakeishisan
Dscf0193s Dscf0195s A lot of small prickle weeds were growing in this mountain path. The mountain path was less than 30cm wide very narrow, then a right hand side of the path was fall down.
Please watch your step.





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The summit of Iwatakeishi Mountain (H=793m)

Dscf0220s Dscf0221s The summit was wide open area. If the weather were clear, the mountain view will be fine. I stayed at the summit about 15 minutes and took a short lunch.




To Mt.Takamizu (H=759m)

The next destination is to Mt. Takamizu. You should note "高水山 (Takamizu Mountain)" or "軍畑駅 (Ikusabata Station)" in Japanese.
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A wire rope was equipped on the steep slope (a shot on the upper bottom right)
The place is near the summit of Takamizu Mountain. It's about 130m far from the summit. The path was a rocky tract. I think that your footing each step will be difficult. You should not act hasty.



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Dscf0251s Dscf0253s A small two shrines that made of stone was located near the summit of Mt. Takamizu.






At the summit of Mt. Takamizu

Dscf0259s Dscf0261s The next destination is Ikusabata Station (軍畑駅).







To Ikusabata Station

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Small waterfall.
Dscf0326s Dscf0338sYou can easily approach to it. When you walked down a mountain path, you might not find this waterfall.

 This waterfall was located on the back of your way to Ikusabata Station. If you noticed a sound of waterfall on the right hand side, you will find this waterfall.





The next destination is to
JR Ikusabata Station. You should note "軍畑駅 (Ikusabata Station)" in Japanese.
If you noticed a sound of waterfall on the left hand side, you will find this waterfall easily.
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A left hand picture is a shot of a lavatory.
If the red lamp are lighting on then it can't use.








Y-junction to Ikusabata Station

Dscf0368s Dscf0369s The key point is that a wrong Y-junction has one branch road, a correct Y-junction has three branch roads (ahead 2, this side 1). In addition, it has no road sign. When you walk down the roadway to Ikusabata Station (軍畑駅), I guess that it is very difficult to find this Y-junction. This picture is a shot of a branch that looked back. It has a direction board to Ikusabata Station but difficult to find it. The key point is that a wrong Y-junction has one branch road, a correct Y-junction has three branch roads(ahead 2, this side 1).
The key point is that a wrong Y-junction has one branch road, a correct Y-junction has three branch roads (ahead 2, this side 1). In addition, it has a Stop road sign.
At a Y-junction, you have to select a path on the right hand side.
It goes to Ikusabata Station. Dscf0372s When you walk up the path, you will find a railroad crossing that only a person can pass. After you passed the railroad crossing, you will find Ikusabata Station.





Ikusabata Station
(軍畑駅)
of JR Ome line
Dscf0373s Dscf0380s This station is an unmanned railroad station. It is equipping a SUICA ticket gate. If you have a SUICA, you have to check a ticket prior to ride on a train. A lavatory is equipping on the back of the station. A small store is at the front of Ikusabata Station.

Course
 
:
JR Mitake Station (御嶽駅) (N35.801396, E139.183014住所:) (start)
-> Mt. Sogakusan (惣岳山) (N35.819076, E139.177867)
->
Mt. Iwatakeishi (岩茸石山) (N35.830702, E139.178843)
-> Mt. Takamizu
(高水山) (N35.828638, E139.189008)全画面表示
-> JR Ikusabata Station(軍畑駅)(N35.807602, E139.207744) (end)

Key Notes    
Location            Okutama, Tokyo
Destination         Takamizu Mountain(高水山)
(N35.828638, E139.189008)全画面表示
           Iwatakeishi Mountain(岩茸石山)(N35.830702, E139.178843)
Date walked        August 1(Sat.), 2009 (Cloudy)
Map                  Leaflet Hiking Map from Seibu Group
                        ( You can get it free, and it has many information but is written in Japanese. I guess that you might be got in JR Mitake Station.)
                        The maps that you can get from internet. The URL is
                         http://www.hikingmap.jp/area.html
                        At Okutama area, it is not available from internet now. It will be uploaded soon.
Walk type           Mountain Walk
Difficulty             Easy, except
short rocks path around Iwatakeishi Mountain
Distance             about 10.6km
Time taken          about 4.5hrs (includes a short break for lunch)
Railway stations   JR Mitake Station(御嶽駅) and Ikusabata Station(軍畑駅)
           Note) Ikusabata Station is an unmanned station, but you can use SUICA card.
Map; I used the Japan RoadNavi 25000 v2 produced by UUD Co.,Ltd.

Key Word
: Okutama of Tokyo, day walks, mountain walk, Mt.Takamizu, Mt.Iwatakeishi, JR Ome Line, ハイキング, ウォーキング, 日帰り, 青梅線, 御嶽駅, 軍畑駅

Okutama Visitor Center (N35.808420, E139.097616)
Dsc_4114s You can get a Okutama Nature Information Map in English when you pay more than \300 funds at this Center.




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<- The available map
(in- and out-side print of the map)
Map size is about 720mmx515mm.

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