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June 2010


Trek : Ubukawa -> Mt.Bukou -> Mt.Komochi -> Mt.Omochi -> Ubukawa Car Parking

I walked up Mt.Bukou (武甲山 h=1295m), Mt.Komochi (小持山 h=1273), Mt.Omochi (大持山 h=1294) at 10th June. The distance of this trek was 11.3km. It took me 4hours 20minutes walk. It was a fine weather and very warm.
This route was recommended by a friend of mine. I guess that the route is suitable for mountain walking training.
1) The circulated route distance is about 11km. It takes about 5hours.
2) The up/down hills are very tough walking because it has three mountains.
3) It has good scenery points.
A view from Mt.Bukou was only for North side, but I could see nice panoramic scenery of Chichibu City. At Bukou Mountain, it has two observation decks. One is located on the left behind of the shrine (1st sightseeing place), the other is located on apart right side behind of the shrine
(2nd sightseeing place).
Regarding the scenery, I thought the former location
(1st sightseeing place) was the best.

Ubukawa Car Parking (生川駐車場) -> Mt.Bukou (武甲山)
I started to walk about 9:15.
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9:43) Fudou Falls (不動滝 N35.94434, E139.10377)
It's about 30minutes walk from Ubukawa Car Parking.
It takes
about 1 hour from here to the summit of the mountain.

When you Dsc_4312sneed to supply water, it's drink-able, so it's a convenient point.
This is a shot of Fudou Shrine near the Fudou waterfalls.

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<- This is the breakaway signpost Stepped-path(left) / Ordinary-path(right).
I selected right-path.

I met a snake after a few minutes walk from the breakaway post. It leaped agilely on to the slash and vanished from my sight.

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I arrived at the summit of the Bukou Mountain
(第一展望所 1st sightseeing place) about 10:45.

A shot from the summit of Bukou Mountain.
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Mt.Bukou ->
breakaway signpost of Hashidate -> Mt.Komochi (小持山)
A downhill from Mt.Bukou to Mt.Komochi has a scenic path. A lot of plants along mountain path are not so high, so I could see the shape of Mt.Komochi till the end of downhill near the breakaway signpost.
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11:12) I met a senior group at the breakaway signpost of Hashidate. They were enjoying a mountain walking.

breakaway signpost of Hashidate -> Mt.Komochi (小持山)
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Dsc_4429s <- The path had some rocks of this kind.
I had to climb over it.

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Mt.Komochi -> Mt.Omochi
A ridgeway from Komochi to Omochi has a lot of rocky hill and also narrow.

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About the middle point between Mt.Komochi and Mt.Omochi
It was a very good sightseeing point to take a rest. ( at 12:02; h=1240m; N35.93300, E139.09839)

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Mt.Omochi -> Tsumasaka Pass (妻坂峠) -> Ubukawa Car Parking

From Omochi Mountain to Tsumasaka Pass, it has steep downhill slope.

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12:32) I arrived to the breakaway to Tsumasaka Pass on Omochi Mountain.

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<- 13:02) Tsumasaka Pass (妻坂峠)

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I went to the direction to Yokoze Station(横瀬駅).
Ubukawa Car Parking is the same direction to Yokoze Station.

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<- The way to the right side is to Yokoze Station.

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13:30) I arrived at the Car Parking at Ubukawa.

Trek Route

Ubukawa Car Parking; 9:15  -> Fudou Falls; 9:43 -> Mt.Bukou; h=1295m; 10:45 -> Breakaway signpost of Hashidate; h=1060m; 11:12 -> Mt.Komochi; h=1273m; 11:47 -> Mt.Omochi; h=1294m; 12:26 -> Tsumasaka Pass; h=847m; 13:02 -> Ubukawa Car Parking; h=525m; 13:36
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Key Notes
Location             Okutama-Chichibu Area, western part of Tokyo
Destination         Bukou Mountain (武甲山 h=1295m)
                        Komochi Mountain(小持山 h=1273m)
           Omochi Mountain (大持山 h=1273m)
Date walked        June 10(Thu.), 2010 (Fine weather)
Map                   Garmin GPS + Japan RoadNavi 25000 v2 by UUD Co.,Ltd.
Walk type            Mountain walk
Difficulty             Tough
Distance             about 11.3km

Time taken          about 4.5hours ( includes a short break )

Railway stations   Yokoze Station of Seibu Chichibu Railways

Key Word
: western part of Tokyo, Okutama, Chichibu, Kori, Mt.Bukou, Mt.Komochi, Mt.Omochi, hiking, walking, day walks, Ubukawa, ハイキング, ウォーキング, 日帰り, 西武秩父線, 横瀬駅, 武甲山, 小持山, 大持山

I added the GPS trek route by using LatLongLab


Trek : North Hikawa Bridge -> Shiromaru Dam -> Hatonosu Canyon -> Kori Sta.

When I gave up the plan, my mind to walk up the mountain was falling-off. The time was not so much to climb up to the other mountain. Then, I thought the plan to go walking along the Tama River.
At first, I walked along the West-side of Nippara River to Oku-Hikawa Shrine from the North Hikawa Bridge.
Then, I visited to Okutama Visitor Center, and got the useful maps and information about trek of Okutama area. A staff of an office gave me an correct route to Mt.Takanosu, and Okutama Nature Information Map at 300yen. And I got free trek maps along the Tama River. The map has two kinds (yellow and blue), yellow one is "Visitor Center -> Shiromaru -> Hatonosu -> Kori ", trek 8.5km downstream along the river, the other blue map is "South Hikawa -> Mizune" that was called old trek road of Okutama, trek about 9km upstream along Tamagawa.
I selected an yellow map.

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Blue Map

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My trek route


North Hikawa Bridge ->
Okutama Visitor Center
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Dsc_4104s There was a water place, but the notice post says "It's not suitable for drink."

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Okutama Visitor Center ->  Shiromaru Dam
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Shiromaru Dam ->
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<- Souryu Falls(双竜の滝)
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Key Notes    
Location             Okutama Area, western part of Tokyo
Destination         Tama Canyon
Date walked        June 6(Sun.), 2010 (Fine weather)
Map                   Garmin GPS + Japan RoadNavi 25000 v2 by UUD Co.,Ltd.
Walk type            Field walk
Difficulty             Easy

Railway stations   Okutama, Kori, Kawai Station of JR Ome Line

Key Word : western part of Tokyo, Okutama, Tama River, hiking, walking, day walks, ハイキング, ウォーキング, 日帰り, 青梅線, 古里駅, 奥多摩駅

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.

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.

I made a route map by using LatLongLab.

The walking plan (Okutama Sta. -> Mt.Mutsuishi ) was failed

I had a new mountain walk plan that is from Okutama Station to Mt.Takanosu at June 6th.  I got up early in the morning. I arrived at Okutama Station just on my plan. The weather was very fine and my condition was very nice. I walked along the motor road. But, there was no signpost for the starting point for a climb on the road. I checked a entrance route for a few minutes on the motor road. I walked up a narrow and slippy mountain path about 800m. I thought the path was connected to Mt.Mutsuishi, but it was a extremely bad walk condition for me. I gave up on this trekking.

This is a shot of this trek.
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At the beginning, the path was not so bad.
Dsc_4066s Dsc_4068s I couldn't find a trekking path, and i worried about my safe mountain walk.

So, I changed my mind to walk along the Tama River from near Okutama Station to Kori Station. It was a hot day, the trek along the river gave me a cool feeling, so it was a nice idea.

Key Notes    
Location             Okutama Area, western part of Tokyo
Destination         Takanosu Mountain, Mutsuishi Mountain
Date walked        June 6(Sun.), 2010 (Fine weather)
Map                   Garmin GPS + Japan RoadNavi 25000 v2 by UUD Co.,Ltd.
Walk type            Mountain walk
Difficulty             Tough

Railway stations   Okutama Station of JR Ome Line


Win7 デスクトップガジェットが表示されない

私が使っているPCの一つ(OSはWindows 7 Professional 64bit)のデスクトップガジェットの1つのアイテムが、突然表示されなくなった。(私は5つのアイテムのガジェットを表示させていたがそのうちの1つ(デスクトップ右上最上位にあった)の表示が消えた。) 





■OS が Vistaなら、【コントロールパネル】→【プログラム】 と辿り、その画面上に表示されている『Windowsサイドバーのプロパティ』にある 『ガジェットをサイドバーに追加』をクリックする。 これでサイドバーが再び画面上に表示されるはずである。
■OSが 7なら、【コントロールパネル】→【プログラム】 と辿り、その画面上に表示されている『ディスクトップ ガジェット』にある 『ガジェットをディスクトップに追加』をクリックする。 これでサイドバーが再び画面上に表示されるはずである。


Key Notes    
Problem 1           Indication problem of Windows 7 Gadget
                        (Windows 7 Professional, 64bit)
                        one of the desktop gadget was missing
Problem 2           Indication problem of Windows Vista Gadget
                        (Windows Vista, 64bit)
( I supposed the next technical terms of Windows from Japanese version.)
   #1 ... mouse right crick -> display the windows menu
   #2 ... Select display(V) -> erase gadget on a temporary
   #3 ... Unset display desktop gadget(G)
   #4 ... set display desktop gadget(G)
          Or, Control Panel -> Program -> Desktop Gadjet -> add Gadjet to Desktop
           and select the gadjet

   #5 ... Desktop gadget was displayed again!

PS.その後、「ガジェットの設定を強制的にクリアすることで解決した」との書き込みもあるが、当方ではその方法について実施確認していない。 多分、下記の方法になると思われるが、自己責任で判断し行って下さい。結果は保証しません。


  プロセスを開いて→ sidebar.exe を選択し、ガジェットのプロセスを終了させる。
  C:\Program Files\Windows Sidebar と辿り、この配下にある Settings.ini ファイルを削除する。

PS2.Microsoftより次のアナウンスがされています『Windows7 と Windows Vistaの Windows サイドバープラットフォームには
重大な脆弱性があるため、ガジェットの提供は終了しました。』 http://windows.microsoft.com/ja-jp/windows/gadgets


Trek : Kori St. -> Mt.Akakuna > Mt.Sobatsubu ->Sengen Pass -> Urayamaguchi St.

I walked up Mt Sobatsubu (h=1473m) at 1st June. The distance from Kori Station of JR Ome line to Urayamaguchi Station of Chichibu railway was 31.4km. It took me over 10 hours walk. Today, I have a little knee pain from this afternoon, not this morning. It was a fine weather and I had nice meets in this trekking.
My trekking path and mountain profile of yesterday's is shown at the next From_kori_to_urayamaguchi picture. 


I rode on the train from Kawagoe Station that arrived at 7:40am Haijima Station, the transfer time at Hijima was little, but a platform was very crowded with people to transfer because of weekday. The train for Okutama was 7:42am at the next platform.
I got on the intended train. But, I thought that I should have been checked a relation between train door and platform stairs. Or I should have boarded on the 2nd train at Kawagoe Station.
Next dash of transfer was at the Ome Station. The time was only 1 minutes but on the same platform. Please memorize, the train to Okutama from Ome is shorter about two vehicles. I arrived at Kori Station 8:28am.

Trek Route
JR Kori Station; h=300m -> (Mt.Zumado; h=721m; 9:25) -> (Mt.Akakuna; h=950m; 10:10) -> Akakuna Ridge -> (Mt.Kawanori; h=1363m; 11:33) -> Odoridaira; 12:02 -> Hinasasawanoura Peak; h=1340m; 12:39 -> Katsuradani Peak -> Mt.Sobatsubu; h=1473m; 14:10 -> Sengen Pass; h=1390m; 14:26 -> Sengen Ridge -> Ohnara -> Dainichido; h=460m; 16:15 ->  Kawamata Bridge -> Urayama Ohasi Brige -> Urayama Dam bus Station -> Urayamaguchi natural water place; 18:12 -> Urayamaguchi Station of Chichibu railways; h=240m; 18:27
# notes: () means the summit/peak of the mountain that I took a detour.

JR Kori Station  --> starts 8:30am
There is a crossover that connect to the North Exit, is placed ahead on a platform. It's a good short cut to the North Exit. When you need a lavatory, that is on the South Exit of the platform.

This is the South Exit of Kori Station. The lavatory is on the left of this

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This is the entrance of the mountain path to Mt.Akakuna and Mt.Kawanori. So the guide post is written in Japanese language "赤久奈山を経て川乗山へ登山口". It means that "This is a start of a trail up to Mt.Kawanori, via Mt.Akakuna."

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notes: Mt.Akakuna = 赤久奈山 = 赤杭山,
         Mt.Kawanori = 川乗山 = 川苔山

Mt.Akakuna -> Akakuna Ridge -> Mt.Kawanori
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After Mt.Akakuna, a new detour route has been set on the mountain path. Last time when I walked was building. New guide post was set on the breakaway point.

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<- Over there, that is Mt.Kawanori (川苔山).

Mt.Kawanori -> Odoridaira
At this point, I walked to Mt.Sobatsubu (蕎麦粒山) , not to Mt.Kawanori.

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I arrived at Odoridaira (踊平) at 12:02pm.
I walked to Mt.Sobatsubu (蕎麦粒山).

Odoridaira -> Mt.Sobatsubu
Dsc_3919s 11:33)  At this point, I selected a detour route of Mt.Sobatsubu so as to walk to Urayamaguchi Station and keep away my physical energy consumption as much as possible.

Dsc_3920s I was misunderstanding that Ippaimizu(一杯水) is placed on the North of my destination. So I was almost lost a right route because of the sign indication "一杯水" Ippaimizu.

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~13:00)  I kept walking from Kori Station without break about five hours, so I got a cramp in the calf. I had to make a break, I drank a water a lot and took a lunch. About 10 minutes later, my physical condition was getting better. I felt the importance of water ingestion and adequate rests.
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13:49)  After I wDsc_3933salked up from the guidepost, I met a person who was walking up on the ridgeway of Toriyato-one(鳥屋戸尾根) from Mt.Shonoiwa. We talked about the locational situation and the destination each other for a while. She was walking to Mt.Sobatsubu. The ridgeway of Toriyato was not found on my GPS map, and I misused the compass. So I had started a wrong route walking. We checked the map and our location about ten minutes. It made us a good communication each other. If I haDsc_3935sd not met her at that place, I was walking a wrong route for a while. I walked up to Mt.Sobatsubu and Sengen Pass (about h=800m) with her. She was about 10 years elder, but tough and looked young. I thought she is very cool woman. When I walked up to Mt.Sobatsubu with her, she climbed up by faster speed for me, so I came near to feel a cramp in the calf again. I heard from her regarding the quick treatment for a cramp in the calf by Chinese herbal medicine. She said she always carries the medicine Shakuyakukanzoto (芍薬甘草湯) in the envisioned emergencies of cramp in the calf on the mountain trail.
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Mt.Sobatsubu -> Sengen Pass
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14:26)  I arrived at the breakaway signpost to Sengen Pass (仙元峠). We walked apart each from this point.
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Sengen Pass (仙元峠) ->
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This route was very complicated and tricky. The directing post was few. It was a miracle thing that I could come to Dainichido. I arrived at Dainichido 16:17.
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Dainichido -> Urayamaguchi Station (浦山口駅)
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The bus to Chichibu Station was already finished. I had to walk to Urayamaguchi Station about 10km distance.

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This is the water place near Urayamaguchi Station. GPS: N35.964046, E139.059070.

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Key Notes
Location             Okutama-Chichibu Area, western part of Tokyo
Destination         Akakuna Mountain (h=950m)
                        Sobatsubu Mountain(蕎麦粒山 h=1473m)
           Hinatanosawamine Mountain (h=1340m)
                        Sengen Pass(h=1380m)
Date walked        June 1(Tue.), 2010 (Fine weather)
Map                   Garmin GPS + Japan RoadNavi 25000 v2 by UUD Co.,Ltd.
Walk type            Mountain walk
Difficulty             Tough
Distance             about 31.4km

Time taken          about 10hours ( includes a short break )
              # Start = 8:30am at Kori Station,
                           # at 14:10pm = Sobatsubu Mountain,
                           # Finish = 18:16pm at Urayamaguchi Station.
Railway stations   Kori Station of JR Ome Line,
                         Urayamaguchi Station of Chichibu Railways.

Key Word
: western part of Tokyo, Okutama, Chichibu, Kori, Mt.Akakuna, Mt.Kawanori, Mt.Sobatsubu, hiking, walking, day walks, Urayamaguchi, ハイキング, ウォーキング, 日帰り, 青梅線, 古里駅, 浦山口駅, 蕎麦粒山, 川苔山

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.

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.


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