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July 2010


Trek : Okutama St. -> Mt.Kurado -> Kayanoki Ridgeway -> Mt.Takanosu -> Mt.Joyama -> Mt.Mutsuishi -> Mt.Sanokido -> Okutama St.

I went to Takanosu Mountain in Okutama area at July 18. It was a very hot fine day. Dsc_4729s
Every train and bus were very crowded by hikers. The exit stairs to the ticket gate is located on the center of a platform at JR Okutama Station. I was riding on the tail vehicle of the train of arrival time 8:28am, the vehicle was stopped at the front edge of the platform. That means that the top of the vehicle was stopped about the middle of a platform. The bus starts at 8:36am from the bus stop across the street, at the front of Nishi-Tokyo-Bus terminal. I needed a time to pass through the ticket gate of JR station. Also, I needed a time to the washing room. So, I thought it is convenient for you to ride in the first vehicle.
Two buses that destination is Okutama-Lake-area "奥09" were ready to departure at the bus stop. The buses were too crowded by hikers, I was wondering if I could ride on. It costs 380 yen per person from Okutama Station to Kurado-guchi(倉戸口). I arrived there about at 8:58am.
Dsc_4716s The height of the destination mountain is about 1700m, and has a beautiful view from the summit of the mountain. At the summit of the mountain opened widely at south direction, I was enchanted by the beauty of the scenery. About 30 hikers were getting a break for lunch. While I was taking a lunch Onigiri, many hikers were coming up continuously.

Some hikers were boiling a water and eating a pot noodle. Kurado-guchi is one of the starting point for a climb to Takanosu Mountain(鷹ノ巣山). At the mountain path to Mt.Takanosu from Kurado-guchi, you have to walk up Kurado Mountain, Kayanoki Mountain and beautiful ridge walk of Kayanoki(榧ノ木尾根).
The height of the mountain is 1,736.6m. The stage length to Takanosu Mountain from Kurado-guchi is about 6,700m according to the information of Joyfulmap number 61 "Takao-Jimba-Okutama". It's a very long path, I needed about 3.5 hours. You can select the other path from Nippara(日原). The distance is 3,823m, and it is a simple way to the destination mountain climbing on the map, so it must be easier than my selection.
I had got a cramp in my leg near the summit of Mt.Takanosu. I drank much water but it was not enough. I was sweating like a horse, the necessity minerals were carried away from my body, I should have taken some nutritional supplements to avoid a cramp.
After the lunch break, I changed to my dried shirt, and I walked toward Okutama Station.
The destination mountain path has Mt.Jyoyama(城山) and Mt.Mutsuishi(六ツ石山) and Mt.Sanokido(三ノ木戸山).
The stage length to Okutama Station from Mt.Takanosu is over 9,000m. I was very exhausted oneself because of few wind and high temperature. I was sweating like a horse, while I was continuing to my walking. After I wiped my sweat by hand towel, I had to squeeze it because getting wet.
In this mountain path, you can not get any water. There is no natural water point.
I prepared a drink water 1.5 liter for this walking, but it was in short supply.
I arrived at Okutama Station about 4:20pm. I changed to my dried shirt again. I got back homewards by the train 4:30pm.

Trek Route
JR Okutama Station; 8:26  -> used bus service No."奥09" -> I got off the bus at the busstop Kurado-Guchi "倉戸口"; 8:58 -> Mt.Kurado; h=1176m; 10:28 -> Mt.Kayanoki; h=1482m; 11:31 -> Mt.Takanosu; h=1736m; 12:51 (I took a rest about 15 minutes for lunch.)-> Mt.Joyama; h=1536m; 13:43 -> Mt.Mutsuishi; 14:22 (I took a detour of the mountain hill.) -> Mt.Sanokido; h=1164m; 14:57  (I took a detour of the mountain hill.) -> JR Okutama Station; h=343m; 16:26

Key Notes
Location             Okutama Area, western part of Tokyo
Destination         Takanosu Mountain (鷹ノ巣山 h=1736m)
Date walked        July 18(Sun.), 2010 (Fine weather)
Map                   Garmin GPS + Japan RoadNavi 25000 v2 by UUD Co.,Ltd.
Walk type            Mountain walk
Difficulty             Tough
Distance             about 18.5km
Time taken          about 7.5hours ( includes a short break )
Railway stations   Okutama Station of JR Ome Line

Key Word : western part of Tokyo, Okutama, Mt.Takanosu, hiking, walking, day walks, ハイキング, ウォーキング, 日帰り, 青梅線, 奥多摩駅, 鷹ノ巣山, 西東京バス

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.

Okutama bus routes

Nishi-Tokyo Bus route map (2010/04/01)

You can check time table of this bus routes from the next URL.

But you need to use at least Japanese "Hiragana" input at a start bus stop.
It might be Okutama Station, then you should copy "おくたま" from this sentence.


The next URL is the bus timetable from JR Okutama Station for available destinations.


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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