Today(December 20th), I walked from Mitsumineguchi Station to Chichibu Station. It was a walking event of Chichibu Railways. This is a annual event held on the year end. The walking distance is about 20km, so it needed a person who has some physical toughness. I saw so many senior person participated in this event. I thought that they have full of energy and might be finished about 5hr30min ~ 6hours in this course. The course relatively flat except Wakajishi Walking Trail near Chichibu Sakura Lake.
When I saw the plan, at the first time, I thought the walking distance was too long and tough trekking for me. After checked the trekking path by ALPSLAB route, I felt not so difficult. Today, I started to walk at about 9:00am at Mitsumineguchi Station, and arrived at 13:40pm at Chichibu Station. The weather was a little cold early in the morning, but it was a very good condition for walking. I enjoyed this trekking event, also I brought a new new single-lens reflex camera(Nikon D90) that I bought 10days before and checked it. I felt a little tiredness and satisfaction of achievement after trekking.
Location Chichibu Area, western part of Saitama
Destination Walk from Mitsumineguchi Station to Chichibu Station
Date walked Dec 20(Sun.), 2009 (Fine weather)
Map Garmin GPS + Japan RoadNavi 25000 v2 by UUD Co.,Ltd., and
Oku-Chichibu walking map ( free map from Chichibu railways )
The map was handed before walking from the organizer.
I used the software of Alpslab so as to display my track data.
Walk type Field walking
Difficulty I recommend for good walkers
Distance about 20km (I walked 21.2km.)
Time taken about 5hrs ( includes a short break for lunch)
Railway stations Mitsumineguchi（三峰口） Station (Chichibu Railways)