Autumn color of Nikko
Today(October 20, 2009), I went to inside Nikko to enjoy the autumn colors. I thought today will be uncrowded because of weekday, but Nikko was very crowded with people who enjoy the autumn color.
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My trekking route
A blue line shows my walking route. I walked 24.5km. It took about 5hrs20min includes a short break.
(start) Tobu Nikko Station (東武日光駅) 9:22am
-> JR Nikko Station Bus Terminal 9:35am
I rode on a bus to Yumoto Onsen from JR Nikko Station Bus Terminal. Many person were waiting for the bus to Chuzenji Onsen and Yumoto Onsen. This is the starting station of the bus to Yumoto Onsen or Chuzenji Onsen. I recommend you should ride on the bus from this station. It's about 5minutes walk from Tobu Bus Station, and you will keep your seat at the bus.
-> Tobu Nikko Bus Terminal 9:36am
Near the Akechidaira, the traffic jam happened.
-> Chuzenji Onsen Bus Terminal 10:37am
-> Kotoku Onsen Bus Stop 11:11am
I had a lunch on the bus.
-> Yudaki bus station 11:18am
-> Yudaki water falls (湯滝) 11:28am
I walked a path along the Yukawa river.
-> Izumiyadoike (泉門池) 11:52am
-> Odashirohara (小田代ヶ原)
-> Yumihari Pass (弓張峠) 12:37pm
I walked along the Yanagisawa path and went to Sainoko Lake.
I ignored passage prohibition, and walked along the mountain path. However, the mountain path became indefinite gradually. The mountain path has disappeared, after crossing a river without a bridge. I ended up walking in search of a road, looking at GPS.
But I was able to see two deer.
After I found the route to Sainoko Lake.
-> Sainoko Lake (西ノ湖) 13:42pm
Next, I walked along the path to Senjyugahama.
-> Senjyugahama (千手ヶ浜) 14:12pm
I walked along the lake side path of the northern side in Lake Chuzenji to the Shoubugahama. Autumnal leaves were wonderful on the way.
-> Akaiwa (赤岩) 14:49pm
-> Ryuzu water falls (龍頭ノ滝) 15:14pm
I walked along the lake side road to the destination Chuzenji-Onsen. From the Ryuzu-waterfalls-road-crossing to the goal Chuzenji-Onsen, I made competition of dead heat the car which is running slowly because of traffic congestion again and again. Finally, I won at the goal.
-> Chuzenji Onsen Bus Terminal 16:12pm
A bus to Nikko Station starting at 16:15pm was full, so I could not ride on the bus. I had to ride on the next bus starting at 16:42pm. Traffic congestion continued from Chuzenji Onsen bus terminal to Nikko city.
-> Tobu Nikko Station (東武日光駅) 17:40pm
Location Nikko, Tochigi Prefecture
Destination Oku-Nikko (奥日光)
Lake Chuzenji （中禅寺湖）
Yudaki water falls (湯滝)
Date walked October 20(Thu.), 2009 (Fine weather)
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 24.5km
Time taken about 5hr20min includes a short break
Railway stations Tobu Nikko Station (Tobu Nikko Line)
Key Word : Oku-Nikko, Lake Chuzenji, Senjyogahara, Yudaki water falls, day walks, ハイキング, ウォーキング, 日帰り, 奥日光,
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.
Link to Live-camera to Senjogahara in Nikko
You can confirm the weather condition of Senjogahara directly from the next URL.
The camera is located on the next place.
Camera in front of Tobu Nikko Station
Camera in front of Shinkyo Bridge
Camera in front of Yudaki
Camera in front of Chuzenji Lake