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December 2009


Trek from Mitsumineguchi Station to Chichibu Station

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.

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My trekking route
21200km5hr03min A blue line shows my walking route.

Key Notes

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)

Key Word : Western part of Saitama, Chichibu Area, hiking, walking, day walks, ハイキング, ウォーキング, 日帰り, 秩父鉄道


Shomaru Station -> Mt. Maruyama -> Ashigakubo Station

I walked up Maruyama Mountain (H=960m) at December 6th. It was a fine weather, so I could see a wonderful panoramic 360-degree view from the summit of the mountain.
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Yesterday had a lot of rain, so the mountain path had a lot of slippy parts. I slipped on the mountain path again and again, but I could avoid a tumble on a downhill mountain path by a close shave.
I started from Shomaru Station of Seibu Chichibu line and arrived at Ashigakubo Station (next station of Shomaru). I walked about 16km.

Course :
(start) Shoumaru Station (正丸駅)
of Seibu Railways at 9:30am
-> Shomaru Pass (正丸峠) 10:18am
-> Kokuzou Pass (虚空蔵峠) 11:31am
-> Ohno Pass (大野峠) 12:31pm

    I took a short break for lunch. (about 12minutes)
-> Maruyama Mountain (H=960m)  13:03pm
-> Ashigakubo Station (芦ヶ久保駅) of Seibu Railways  14:12pm

Key Notes    
Location             Chichibu Area, Western part of Saitama Prefecture
Maruyama Mountain (丸山: H=960m)
Date walked         December 6(Sun.), 2009 (Fine weather)
Map                   Garmin GPS + Japan RoadNavi 25000 v2 by UUD Co.,Ltd.
                         I used the software Alpslab so as to display my track data.
Walk type            Mountain Walk

Difficulty             a tough walk 
Distance             about 16km

Time taken          4hr 50min
with an intermission for lunch
Railway stations   Shoumaru Station and Ashigakubo Station of Seibu Railways

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 western part of Maruyama downhill route, the GPS accuracy was in very bad condition because of valley walk. So, the accuracy of the route will be not worth believing from my real GPS trekking data.

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