I walked 20km trekking from Mitsumineguchi terminal station to Chichibu station with a friend of mine. It's a yearly walk event by Chichibu Railway. It took about 5 hours, that includes some rests. The route was changed from the last year's track, because of an encounter risk of a bear. The route was like the city trek because of few nature path.
This hiking is an annual event that takes place at the middle of December in the year.
Location; It's about 90km North-West of Tokyo
Destination; Mitsumineguchi Terminal Station of Chichibu Railway
Date; December 15 (Sat.), 2012 (Clouded)
Map; Garmin eTrex30 + Japan RoadNavi 25000 v2 produced by UUD Co.,Ltd.
The trek map was provided from the organizer of Chichibu Railway.
The track data was converted by BaseCamp application by Garmin.
Walk type; Field walk (I walked about 5hours. The distance was 20km.)
I bought ginkgo nuts at the roadside station of "Chichibu" near the Chichibu railway station. The ginkgo nuts are one of the souvenir in this area. It has a smell of fecal matter a little so you must keep it as a well-ventilated space. The ginkgo nuts have a little bitter taste with beautiful light-yellow-green colored species but good for nibblies for drink.
How to eat
When you heat several tens of seconds by microwave oven after you remove the shell of the species, it will have a good taste.
It is used for the effect which is cough medicine from ancient times and strengthens the sphincter muscle of a bladder, and the improvement of bed-wetting and frequent urination. This has good protein and reduces cholesterol.
However, the poisoning substance which bars an action of vitamin B6 is contained. Therefore, when it overeats, poisoning of a spasm etc. may occur.