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January 2010


Kawai Station -> Mt.Otuka -> Mitakesan -> Okunoin -> Mt.Hinode -> Hinatawada Station

I walked up Okunoin in Mitake Shrine at January 10th. It was a fine weather, but it was chilly at the mountain path. Near the Okunoin had a remaining snow slightly a few days before.
I could see a wonderful view from the summit of Okunoin, and a wonderful panoramic view from the summit of Hinode Mountain. Especially, I thought a view of the east direction from Hinode Mountain was a splendid spectacle. I could see far Tokyo and Yokohama buildings from Hinode Mountain. I went down to Hinatawada Station.
I walked about 21.7km ( about 6hr40min (included a little intermission for lunch near the Mitake Shrine).

My trekking route

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-> to Okunoin (奥ノ院)
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Dsc_0173s_2 <-The summit of Okunoin.

-> Mitake Shrine 13:12pm

-> at Hinode Mountain (日の出山)  13:46pm
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-> to Mimuro Mountain (三室山)

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<-The summit of Mimuro Mountain.

-> Kotohira Shrine 15:05pm

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->JR Hinatawada Station (日向和田駅) 15:56pm (end)

Key Notes    
Location             Okutama Area, western part of Tokyo
Destination          Mitake Mountain(御岳山)
                         Hinode Mountain(日の出山)
                         Otuka Mountain (大塚山)
Date walked         January 10(Sun.), 2010 (Fine weather, Chilly)
Map                   Garmin GPS + Japan RoadNavi 25000 v2 by UUD Co.,Ltd.
Walk type            Mountain walk
Difficulty             a little tough because of a long distance walk 
Distance             about 21.7km

Time taken          about 6hr40min ( includes a short break for lunch )
Railway stations   Kawai and Hinatawada (JR Ome Line)

Key Word
: western part of Tokyo, Okutama, Hinatawada, Mitake, Kawai, hiking, walking, day walks, Mt. Hinode, ハイキング, ウォーキング, 日帰り, 青梅線, 川井駅, 日向和田駅, 御岳山, 日の出山, 大塚山

Link to Live-camera
The camera is located on the Visitor's Center.

Okutama-machi official information in English
You can get a brief area map from the next URL.

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.



(start)  JR Kawai Station (川井駅) 09:22am
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A starting point for climb 9:59am
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-> to Otuka Mountain (大塚山)

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Dsc_0080s <- The summit of Otsuka Mountain.

-> Visitor Center
-> Mitake Mountain & Mitake Shrine (御嶽神社:御岳山)  11:43am
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Trek from Yorii Station to Kanetsukidou Mountain

I walked up Kanetsukidou Mountain (H=330.2m) at January 8th. It was a fine weather, so I could see a wonderful panoramic view from the summit of the mountain. Especially, I thought a view of the south east direction was a splendid spectacle. I could see Yorii City and far Shinjyuku buildings from the mountain. I went down to Shourinji Temple. On the mountain path near the temple, I saw a lot of luohan statue along the side of the mountain path. It was called Gohyaku Rakan(五百羅漢). Each statue was not so big but I thought these were well worth seeing.
I started to walk from Yorii Station of the terminal station of Tobu Ikebukuro line. I walked about 10km. It needed about 2hours35minutes that included a little intermission for lunch at Kanetsukidou Mountain.

My trekking route
Trek_map_to_kanetsukidou_mountain A blue line shows my walking route. 

(start) Yorii Station (寄居駅)
of Tobu Railways at 11:25am
-> Kanetsukidou Mountain (鐘撞堂山) 12:18pm
    I took a short break for lunch. (about 12minutes)
-> Gohyaku Rakan (五百羅漢) 12:56pm~
-> Shourinji Temple (少林寺) 13:10pm
-> Yorii Station  14:00pm

Yorii Station -> Kanetsukidou Mountain
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Shots from Kanetsukidou Mountain
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Kanetsukidou Mountain -> Shourinji Temple

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Key Notes
Location             Outside Chichibu, Western part of Saitama Prefecture
Kanetsukidou Mountain (鐘撞堂山: H=330.2m)
Date walked         January 8(Fri.), 2010 (Fine weather)
Outside Chichibu Hiking map No.1
                         (Japanese version only)
                         (It's a free map from Tobu Railway Group )

                         Garmin GPS + Japan RoadNavi 25000 v2 by UUD Co.,Ltd.
Walk type            Field Walk, but it has a low mountain
Difficulty             a easy walk
Distance             about 10km

Time taken          2hr 35min
with an intermission for lunch (15min)
Railway stations   Yorii Station; the terminal station of Tobu Ikebukuro line

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Trek from Nishi-Agano Station to Hatoyama City Center

I walked from Nishi-Agano(西吾野) Station to the Hatoyama City Center. It was the beginning of new year trekking for me. The walking distance is about 25km, I needed some exercise to reduce 1kg or more from the result of Oshogatsu life. I saw many person at the Nishi-Agano Station who are going to Takayama Shrine(高山不動尊). About the walking on the mountain path, I selected a different path to see a waterfall. So, I walked alone to the summit of Takyama Inner Shrine(高山不動尊奥院). It is the same place as Kanhassu Miharashidai(関八州見晴台). But, at the summit of the mountain, I saw many person who is taking a rest. Some of them were the same person that I looked at the Nishi-Agano Station.
A view from Takayama Inner Shrine (the summit of the mountain) was 360deg panoramic view because it has few surrounding trees and could see long distance. I could see the downtown buildings of Tokyo.
When I planned the trekking route, I guess it was too long. But, trek from Mitsumineguchi Station to Chichibu Station that I walked Dec.20th was a good experience to think about the difficulties. The mountain that I have to pass over was only one. That was about the same condition as Dec.20th. This time, the mountain was 771m high. So, I thought the plan was easy for me. After I pass over the Kanhassu Miharashidai (it was the summit of the mountain but named as viewing tower Kanhassu), I walked down to Kuroyama 3 falls. After that I walked to Hatoyama City Center.
I walked about 6 hours. I felt a little tiredness and satisfaction of achievement after trekking.
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Kanhassu Miharashidai

My trekking route
Nishiagano_to_hatoyama_city A blue line shows my walking route. My GPS sometimes shows incorrect path in a valley. It must be difficult to pick up the suitable GPS satellite at the valley.

Key Notes    
Location            Outer-Chichibu Area, western part of Saitama
Destination         Walk from Nishi-Agano(西吾野) Station
                         to Hatoyama City

Date walked        Jan 4(Mon.), 2010 (Fine weather)
Map                   Garmin GPS + Japan RoadNavi 25000 v2 by UUD Co.,Ltd.
Walk type           Just about field walking
Difficulty             I recommend for good walkers
                         because of long trekking
Distance             about 25km
Time taken          about 6hrs ( includes a short break for lunch)
Railway stations   Nishi-Agano(西吾野) Station (Chichibu Railways)

Key Word : Western part of Saitama, Chichibu Area, hiking, walking, day walks, Kanhasshu Miharashidai, ハイキング, ウォーキング, 日帰り, 秩父鉄道, 高山不動尊奥院, 関八州見晴台


Ogose Station -> Katsuragi Shrine -> Kouburi Pass(H=530m) -> Agano Station

I walked to see the Chichibu mountains from Kouburi-Pass at the end of 2009. I walked 29th of December. It was a fine weather, so I could see a wonderful panoramic view from Kouburi Pass. Although I wanted to see a wonderful scene, eating delicious buckwheat noodles, unfortunately the buckwheat-noodles restaurant was closed. As for the buckwheat noodles of the restaurant which I ate this time, unfortunately I thought it was the same looked meal of buckwheat noodles, but the taste and texture were completely different.
I started from Ogose Station of Tobu Ogose line and arrived at Agano Station of Seibu Chichibu line. I walked about 16km. It needed about 5hours that included a little intermission for lunch at Kouburi Pass.

My trekking route
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Ogose Station -> Kokuzou Shrine
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Kokuzou Shrine ->
Katsuragi Shrine
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Katsuragi Shrine -> Kouburi Pass
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that I took a lunch.

A shot from Kouburi Pass

I could see the downtown buildings of Tokyo.
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Kouburi Pass -> Agano Station
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<- I found the small fairy at the root of the big tree on the way of mountain path to Agano Station.

(start) Ogose Station (越生駅)
of Tobu Railways at 8:13am
-> Kokuzou Shrine (虚空蔵尊) 8:45am
-> Katsuragi Shrine (桂木観音) 9:17am

-> Hanamagari Mountain (鼻曲山, H=447m) 10:35am

-> Suwa Shrine (諏訪神社) 11:40am

-> Kouburi Pass (顔振峠, H=530m)  11:55am

    I took a short break for lunch. (about 17minutes)
-> Agano Station (吾野駅) of Seibu Railways


Key Notes    
Location             Musashi Ogose Area,
                         Western part of Saitama Prefecture
Kouburi Path (顔振峠: H=530m)
Date walked         December 29(Tues.), 2009 (Fine weather)
Map                   Garmin GPS + Japan RoadNavi 25000 v2 by UUD Co.,Ltd.
Walk type            Field Walk

Difficulty             enjoy walk 
Distance             about 16km

Time taken          5hr 09min
with an intermission for lunch
Railway stations   Ogose(越生) Station of Tobu Railways
                         and Agano(吾野) Station of Seibu Railways

Key Word :   Musashi Ogose, Kouburi Pass, Agano Station, Ogose Station, 武蔵越生, 顔振峠, 越生駅, 吾野駅

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