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.)
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I started to walk about 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 only 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 time. 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;
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.
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.
The mountain path goes through the tunnel under the railways.
After 10minutes walk from the station, I found a prayers shrine for a safe birth.
A junction to Izugatake Mountain
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.
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.
Osarukou (お申講) is the name of the small shrine.
At the intersection to Shoumaru Pass
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.
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.
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
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)
Ridgeway to Itsuwa Mountain
A ascent of Itsuwa Mountain
A summit of Mt.Itsuwa (H=796m, by My GPS)
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)
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.
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
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
To Mt. Komitake(H=836m, by My GPS)
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).
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.
From 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.
You 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.
From here, the next destination is
Nenogongen. I walk to the direction to
Nenogongen (子ノ権現) and Agano Station (吾野駅).
When you descended a mountain path, you will find a house.
You have to walk around the house.
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.
Nenogongen 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.
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.
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.
When you find a roadway on your forward, turn right before you cross the bridge over Koma River.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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)
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