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Three waterfalls on Moroyama hiking course

I walked to see three waterfalls on Moroyama hiking course. First, I visited to Shukuy- Falls, then to Gojyo-Falls and finally to Shishigataki-Falls.
All three falls were easy to see it at close range. It was a good flow shape each.

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Shukuya-Falls, and Small-Falls next to Shukuya-Falls
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I guess that the name of waterfalls would be from toponym. Waterfalls are about 12m high.



Gojyo (5 usual states) expresses five morality, "Philanthropism (仁)", "Justice (義)", "Polite and Respectful (greeting)", "Wisdom (智)", and "Belief (信)." Waterfalls are about 12m high.


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My trekking
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ws my walking route. I guess that it was a easy walking course, excepting the walking distance and walking hours.

I walked 22.9km (Bushunagase Station -> Shukuya Falls -> Gojyo Falls -> Shishigataki Falls -> Higashi Moro Station), it needed about 6hours that included a little intermission for lunch.

Dscf3843s I was very surprized I found a cherry tree that is in blossom on this season. (N35.91406, E139.30325)

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


A scenery of Mt.Fuji from Mt.Jimba

I walked on Mt. Jimba again, but used the reverse mountain path. I used a bus from Takao Station of JR Chuo line to Jimba Kogenshita. At the Takao Station, a bus stop was too crowded by many mountain walkers, so the extra bus was added at 8:30am. A walk to the summit of Mt. Jimba was easy from bus stop. It took about 70minutes with 4.9km. At Mt. Jimba, I saw many mountain walkers.

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A sightseeing from Mt. Jimba was most beautiful than my last visit because today was a fine weather. I coul

(Left) The bus was crowded with the climbers. After getting down from the bus, climbers were preparing for walk up. d see Mt. Fuji from Mt. Jimba clearly. A scenery of Mt. Fuji from Mt. Jimba was beautiful.
But a view of Mt.Fuji from Kobotoke Pass was excellent. I could see Sagamiko Lake with Mt.Fuji together.

Jimbatakao A blue line shows my walking route, a yellow one is a bus and train route.
I walked 21.5km (Jimba Kogenshita -> Takao Station), it needed 5hr30min that included a little intermission.
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JR Takao Station(高尾駅) -> Bus terminal of Jimba-Kogenshita(陣馬高原下)
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It was crowded with the climbers at JR Takao Station.

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It was very crowded with bus and taxi. The bus station to Jimba Kogensita is located about the center of the picture.
(Right) A destination board was hanging from a roof of the station. You will find a destination name to Jimba Kogenshita(陣馬高原下) on the bottom of the hanging board. I guess that many climber would be surging to the bus terminal in a holiday because the bus access is once a hour. If you want to seating on the bus, you should be arrived at the bus terminal at least before 20minutes. The bus time table to Jimba Kogenshita on a holiday is 8:50, 9:50, 10:50, 11:50.
The URL of the bus time table is the next.

Bus terminal of Jimba-Kogenshita -> Jimba Mountain(陣馬山)
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(Center) This is the first branch point from the bus terminal. You should select the path to the right and cross a bridge.

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(Left) It is about 1.4km away from bus terminal of Jimba Kogensita. It took about 25minutes from the bus terminal.

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(UP/Right) It comes out a little more, and is the summit of Jimba mountain.

At the summit of Jimba Mountain

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At the teahouse, you can buy and eat something light meals or drinks.

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Jimba Mountain ->
Myoo Pass(明王峠)
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Myoo Path -> Kagenobu Mountain(景信山)
Dscf3678s The next destination sign is "景信山 (Mt. Kagenobu)" or "小仏峠 (Kobotoke Pass)" in Japanese.

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Kagenobu Mountain(景信山)
I could see the buildings of Shinjuku City and other many buildings on the Kanto Plain. At the teahouse, you can buy and eat something light meals or drinks.
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Kagenobu Mountain
-> Kobotoke Shiroyama(小仏城山)
The next destination sign is "小仏城山 (Kobotoke Shiroyama)" in Japanese.
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I could see a wonderful view of Mt.Fuji and Sagami Lake. There was a mountain path to Sagami Lake from Kobotoke Pass, and the path will be connected to the Sagami Station of JR Chuo Line. It was a very interesting route, so I was puzzled by a prepared route.

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Kobotoke Shiroyama
<- At Kobotoke Shiroyama
Two small children were inspired from the beautifulness of landscape and rushed to the top of hills. Indeed, it was a beautiful landscape too.

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<- This is one of the shot from Shiroyama teahouse.
At the teahouse, you can buy and eat something light meals or drinks.

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<- At the East side, many buildings at the Tokyo metropolitan area were seen from the place too.

Kobotoke Shiroyama ->
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Dscf3784s Dscf3786s <- The view from the viewing deck of Ichodaira

This place is located on about 1.7km west from the summit of Takao Mountain.

Ichodaira -> Kiyotaki Station
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 Momiji-Dai (Maple Hill) is located on about 5minutes walk to the direction to Sagamiko Lake from the summit of Takao Mountain. The place is noted for autumn leaves. At the teahouse, you can buy and eat something light meals or drinks.

Nature Research Trail (5th Trail) and Inariyama Trail to
Kiyotaki Station
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<- I walked along the 5th trail and Inariyama trail.

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Inariyama Trail to Kiyotaki Station
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A open space of the station was very crowded with persons who are going to ride a cablecar, and climbers who came back from the mountain.

(start) JR Takao Station (高尾駅) 8:16am
-> travelled in the bus

-> Bus Terminal of
Jimba Kogenshita (陣馬高原下) 9:11am
-> The entrance of the mountain path of Mt.Jimba 9:31pm
-> The summit of Jimba Mountain H=855m (陣馬山) 10:17am
-> Kagenobu Mountain H=727m (景信山) 11:44am
-> Kobotoke Pass H=670m (小仏峠)  12:16pm
-> Kobotoke Shiroyama (小仏城山) 12:37pm
-> Icchodaira
Observation deck(一丁平) 12:48pm
-> Momijidai(もみじ台)
-> Inariyama (稲荷山展望台) 13:41pm
-> Kiyotaki Station (清滝駅) 14:07pm

-> JR Takao Station 14:34pm

Access to Jinba-kogenshita(陣馬高原下)
from North exit of JR Takao Station
Bus Station at JR Takao Station
A bus will start from number 1 bus stop.
Bus Time-table
On Saturday and Sunday, a bus starts at a 50 from am7 to pm20.
On weekday, it's a 34.

Key Notes    
Location             Takao Area
Takao Mountan and Jimba Mountain (高尾山、陣馬山)
Date walked        September 20(San.), 2009 (Fine weather)
Map                   Garmin GPS + Japan RoadNavi 25000 v2 by UUD Co.,Ltd.
Walk type            Mountain Walk

Difficulty             a tough walk 
Distance             about 21.5km

Time taken          about 5hr30min
with an little intermission
Railway stations   JR Takao Station (JR Chuo Line)

Key Word
:   Jimba Mountain, Takao, day walks, ハイキング, ウォーキング, 日帰り, 高尾山, 陣馬山

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.


Ishiwarizakura at Morioka City

I went to Morioka in Iwate prefecture because of a business discussion. Fortunately, I had a little free time before a meeting.
At Morioka Station, I got a free sightseeing map for a tourist. I found word of Ishiwarizakura(石割桜) on the map. I brought back the name of cherry tree to my memory, so I thought I'd like to confirm it in this time.

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Nec_0394s An Ishiwarizakura is a cherry tree on Morioka City, Iwate-prefecture, and it is growing from the crack of the huge granite and the tree diameter exceeds about 1.35m and the tree-age exceeds 360 years. This cherry tree is in the enclosure of the Morioka District Court, it is about 15 minutes walk from Morioka Station. This cherry tree was specified as the natural treasure of the country in 1923.

Nec_0395s The evidence that a cherry tree split off a stone is seen at the central part of this picture. I was very much surprised, seeing the tree of the cherry, and the size of a stone. I got strong impression from this tree's toughness and roughness. If you had had a schedule to Morioka, I would like you to see the tree by all means.

An autumn festival on Morioka City
Nec_0399s Nec_0397s On 14th September 1709, the young people of Nanbu Domain dedicated the symbol of each town to Hachimangu Shrine and paraded on the main street inside of the castle town of Morioka for three days. As a keepsake, from September 14th to 16th, it is a celebration period of town construction of Nanbu Domain. I was able to meet with one of the parade at a front of the District Court which has an Ishiwarizakura, I was a lucky person.


A scenery of Mt.Fuji from Kawanori Mountain in Okutama

I walked to Mt. Kawanori again, but used the other mountain path. I walked from Kori Station of Ome line. At the summit of Mt. Kawanori, I saw many persons. A sightseeing from Mt. Kawanori was most beautiful than my last visit because today was a fine weather. I could see Mt. Fuji from Mt.Kawanori clearly.
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First, I walked from Kori Station of JR Ome line, and destination is Mt.Kawanori, and returned to Hatonosu Station. It's 15km length, about 5hr30min without an intermission.

JR Kori Station -> Kawanori Mountain
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At the summit of Kawanori Mountain
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Kawanori Mountain -> JR Hatonosu Station
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(start) Kori Station (古里駅) 8:53am
-> Akaguna Mountain 924m(赤杭山)10:21am

-> Akaguna Ridge (赤杭尾根)
-> Kawanori Mountain 1364m(川苔山) 11:50am
-> Ohne mountain gods(大根山の神)
-> Hatonosu Station (鳩ノ巣駅) 14:21pm

Key Notes    
Location             Okutama (奥多摩)
Kawanori Mountain (川苔山) H=1364m
Date walked         September 13(San.), 2009 (Fine weather)
Map                   Garmin GPS + Japan RoadNavi 25000 v2 by UUD Co.,Ltd
Walk type            Mountain Walk

Difficulty             a tough walk 
Distance             about 15km

Time taken          about 5hr30min
without an intermission
Railway stations   Kori Station & Hatonosu Station (JR Ome Line)

Key Word
:  Kawanori Mountain, Okutama, day walks, ハイキング, ウォーキング, 日帰り, 川苔山, 奥多摩

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.


Exploring Historic Sites in Nikko

Today, I walked around on Nikko. I walked mainly exploring historic sites.
First, I walked from Tobu Nikko Station, and next destination is Sacred Bridge -> Takinoo Shrine -> Sakeno-Izumi -> Jakko Falls -> Kanmangafuchi Abyss, and back to Tobu Nikko Station.
It's about 20km length, 5hr30min without an intermission. It was a kind of interesting walk, I walked on a free entrance fee of a shrine but I felt a historic image and beautiful nature. Next time, I'd like to explore to Toshogu Shrine or other shrines that I could not see this time.
A blue line shows my walking route, a yellow one is a train route.
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Tobu Nikko ->
Sacred Bridge
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Dscf2882s After you walked about ten minutes, you will find a information center on your left side of the road. It is the house in this side of the gas station.

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On this street, there are many old-established stores in where selling special local products born in Nikko. For example, that is a Nikko Yuba(=soybean curd skin), Youkan(=sweet jelly of beans), Manjyu(=bun with bean-jam filling) and Nikko-Bori Wood Carvings.

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I bought a Mizu-Yokan for souvenir at one of these shops. Mizu means water in Japanese. Mizu-yokan includes more moisture than other kinds of Yokan. The Mizu-Yokan is velvety and sweetness is mild. In the old days, Mizu-Yokan was made only in winter, but now, we could get fresh and delicious Mizu-Yokan at anytime of the year round, for reason of the development of refrigeration technology.

Shinkyo Sacred Bridge
Dscf2907s Shinkyo sacred bridge is one of the unique bridges in Japan. The beautiful red colored bridge across Daiya River is a symbol of the gateway to the temple and shrine area of Nikko City. If you want to cross the bridge, you must pay some money.

Shinkyo Sacred Bridge -> Takinoo Shrine and Shiraito Falls

Takinoo Shrine is a part of Futabasan Shrine. It contains many historic relics.

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Around the Takinoo Shrine

Takinoo Shrine (滝尾神社) -> Jakko Falls (寂光ノ滝)

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Futarasan Shrine (二荒山神社)
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Jakko Falls
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Jakko Falls -> Dainichi Bridge -> Kanmangafuchi Abyss
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The stone statue of Jizo

The stone statue of Jizo(a Buddha) is placed in a line along Kanmangafuchi on the river side of Daiya River. Tenkai's pupils had made these stone statues of the Buddha. About 100 stone statues were there at that time, and the parents of Jizo were placed on the head position of a line. In 1872, a deluge flushed out a lot of Jizo from the place, so 74 bodies remain now. Since old people said that a count of Jizo lost its number whenever it counted, it is called the Bake-Jizo(Spooky Jizo).
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Kanmangafuchi -> Shinkyo Sacred Bridge
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Course :
(start) Tobu Nikko Station (東武日光駅) 9:22am
-> Nikko Tourist Information Center 9:45am

-> Shinkyo Sacred Bridge (神橋) 10:02am
-> Hongu Shrine (本宮神社) 10:09am
-> Kaizando Shrine (開山堂) 10:32am

-> Kitano Shrine (北野神社) 10:36am
-> Shiraito Falls (白糸の滝) 10:54am
-> Takinoo Shrine (滝尾神社) 11:01am
-> Futarasan Shrine (二荒山神社) 11:37am
-> Jakko Falls (寂光ノ滝) 12:45pm
-> Dainichi Bridge (大日橋) 13:22pm
-> Kanmangafuchi Abyss (干満ガ淵) 13:31pm
-> Narabijizo (並び地蔵)

-> Shinkyo Sacred Bridge (神橋) 13:55pm
-> Tobu Nikko Station (東武日光駅) 14:42pm

Key Notes    
Location             Nikko, Tochigi Prefecture
Shinkyo Sacred Bridge (神橋)
                         Kaizando Shrine (開山堂)
                         Takinoo Shrine (滝尾神社)
                         Futarasan Shrine (二荒山神社)
                         Jakko Falls (寂光ノ滝)
                         Kanmangafuchi Abyss (干満ガ淵)
Narabijizo (並び地蔵)
Date walked         September 6(Sun.), 2009 (Cloudy)
Map                   Garmin GPS + Japan RoadNavi 25000 v2 by UUD Co.,Ltd.
Walk type            Field walk
Difficulty             a little tough because of a long distance walk 
Distance             about 20km

Time taken          about 5hr30min
without an intermission
Railway stations   Tobu Nikko Station (Tobu Nikko Line)

Key Word
: Nikko, Shinkyo Sacred Bridge, Futarasan Shrine, Jakko Falls, Kanmangafuchi Abyss, Narabijizo, day walks, ハイキング, ウォーキング, 日帰り, 日光

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.

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