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May 2013


Trek Plan with Kids from Mt.Mitake to Mt.Hinode on Saurday

I've a plan to walk with small kids on this Saturday.
The hiking route is about 3km(one-way) from Mitakesan ropeway terminal to Mt.Hinode. The mountain path has a little up/down hill but smooth for walk. I guess it needs about 1.5hour walk for small kids. If we take a lunch at the summit of the Hinode mountain, the time table of my recommendation will be the next lines.

We'll arrive at Mitake Station by Rapid Train from Shinjiku Station at 9:00am.
The bus to the Cablecar station will come at 9:05 or at 9:40.
It takes about 10minutes by bus to the terminal station of the cablecar.

The timetable of the cablecar is 9:15,9:30,9:45,10:00, ....
The departure time is every 15minutes on this timezone.

And after 2 to 3 minutes, we can arrive at the observation station near the top of Mt.Mitake.
So, we'll arrive about 10:00 at the starting point of the trek.

After that, we'll walk toward the summit of Mt.Hinodeyama.
I guess it takes about 1hour and 30minutes walk by kids, so we'll arrive at the destination about 11:30am. We'll take a lunch at the top of Mt.Hinode.
We'll back to walk to the cablecar station after some brakes.

If the kids still have a power of walking, we'll stop off somewhere on the way to the cablecar station. Somewhere we visit is ... for example, a waterfall or Mitake Shrine.

This is the related URL of Mt.Hinode and Mt.Mitake.


Trek Activity : Mitsutoge Station -> Mt.Mitsutoge -> Kawaguchiko Station


I climbed up Mt.Mitsutoge last Saturday.
This picture is the shot from the summit of the mountain!



It was a beautiful day in May, but the weather of May sometimes changes easily. I was lucky I could see a beautiful Mt.Fujji.

2013051820130518_2Map: Japan RoadNavi 25000 v2 by UUD Co.,Ltd.
GPS: Garmin eTrex30

My Impression
The access to the entrance point of Mitsutoge mountain by the usage of the public trains is not so convenient without express trains. It was because the train that I used in this time was almost local train but had no rapid service train. So it takes long time by using train.
In addition, on the Fujuikyuko Line, their railway ticket systems have still not changed to digital ticket system. I could not use Suica card despite the same JR train was connected through service with Fujikuko Line. If you keep ride onto the same train at Otsuki station, at the Mitsutoge station, then you have to prepare of your ticket fee checkout.

I checked the trek time on this route will be 7hours from the internet. So, I made a plan on this information. But it was not so difficult mountain trail, so it took about 5hours by my foot. Without a rope way, I arrived at Kawaguchiko Station about 14:20pm.
The direction board to the destination "Mitsutoge(三つ峠)" was clear but wrote in Japanese.
I guess that the mountain road was a good condition to walk. I think the path had a few number of plasticated steps from Mitsutoge Station to Tenjosan Park Kachikachi-yama Ropeway terminal station. The mountain path from Mitsutoge mountain to Tenjosan Park Kachikachi-yama Ropeway terminal station was basically smooth downhill ridge path, so I felt it was very easy to walk, and walked very fast. On this downhill, I felt little shock to my knee.

The toilet at the Mitsutoge Station is the end of platform near the ticket gate.
Near the top of Mt.Mitsutoge, I found many good rest spots to take a lunch against a background of Mt.Fuji.

The next file is a gpx file of this trek's result. If you download the file to the suitable folder and open it from "Google Earth", you can see my trek result.

Timetable of this trek
Dsc_60099:14 Started to walk from Mitsutoge Station

9:30 At Mitsutoge Green Center
Dsc_6057_210:07 At the entrance of Mt.Mitsutoge

Dsc_607810:33 At Matanozoki

Dsc_615311:34 At Byoubuiwa

Dsc_621011:52 Arrived at the summit of Mt.Mitsutoge
         I took a short break to take a lunch near the summit of the mountain.

12:09 Mt.Kinashiyama

13:11 At Mt.Shimoyama
Dsc_631613:52 At Mitsutoge Station to Tenjosan Park Kachikachi-yama Ropeway terminal station

Dsc_634914:20 At Kawaguchiko Station

Key Notes

Location; It's about 20km North of Mt.Fuji
Date walked; May 18 (Sat.), 2013 (fine weather)
Map; I took an useful information from the next URL.
GPS and Map;
Garmin GPS(eTrex 30) + Japan RoadNavi 25000 v2 produced by UUD Co.,Ltd.
Walk type; Mountain walk

Distance; about 16.4 km
Time required;  about 5 hours [with short time lunch break]


Trek Plan : Mitsutoge Station -> Mt.Mitsutoge -> Kawaguchiko Station

Mitsutouge_mountain_route_planI've decided to hike Mt.Mitsutoge at 18th May (tomorrow). Mt.Mitsutoge is located about 20km North of Mt.Fuji. I'll access to the entrance of the mountain by railway of JR and FujiKyuko. The hiking route is the next picture. I'll start from Mitsutoge Station and walk to the direction of North West.

Map: Japan RoadNavi 25000 v2 by UUD Co.,Ltd.

Reference information :



部品名称は スポットランプ 部品番号 26430BC00B 定価 3170円 でした。


My next destination : Mt.Mitsutoge hiking and to see Mt.Fuji

Many hiker said that a view of Mt.Fuji from a top of Mt.Mitsutoge is beautiful. So, I want strongly to go there in the near future. I searched the way of access to Mt.Mitsutoge from the internet surfing. The next URL is one of my interested mountain route from it.

The material said that walk on the route takes about 6 to 7 hours for good walkers.
I guess that it can be done by one day hiking from my residence. The D-day will be decided by my schedule and the weather during May.


201305035月5日(日曜日) 東秩父村「和紙の里」->萩平->笠山->笠山峠->堂平山->剣ヶ峰->白石峠->定峰峠->旧定峰峠->大霧山->粥新田峠->大霧山登山口 を時計回りに歩いて来ました。笠山山頂までずーっと登り坂です。後は、アップとダウンの繰り返し。結構しんどいです。でも、トレーニング用として考えると、なかなか良いコースだと思います。

「current_track__05_may_2013_08_28.gpx 2.gpx」をダウンロード

4左のパノラマ写真は、旧定峰峠と大霧山の中間地点より撮影したもので、左に見える尖った山が笠山、そこから山の峰伝いに歩きました。約7時間のハイキング。歩行距離23.7kmでした。(登り1551m、下り1512m)平均歩行速度 3.4km/h(休憩時間を含む)


09:05 小川駅前(イーグルバス)スタート
09:20 学校入口 停留場(ここで降りたのは、私一人)
09:27 東秩父村「和紙の里」
10:36 舗装道路上から登山道に入ります。

11:52 笠山山頂付近の分岐
11:58 笠山神社(山頂)
    昼食のため小休止(約 6分)

12:28 笠山峠
12:50 堂平山
13:04 剣ヶ峰
13:14 白石峠
13:58 定峰峠
14:20 獅子岩
14:35 旧定峰峠
15:06 大霧山
15:27 粥新田峠
16:06 橋場(大霧山登山口)
16:22 内手(日本木峠登山口)



歩行ルートチェックの地図は、「東武東上線で行く 外秩父ハイキング2」を使いました。
また、道に迷った際の事を考えて、GPSを持参しました。GPSは Garmin eTrex30 インストールした地図は、Japan RoadNavi 25000 v2 by UUD Co.,Ltd です。


Trek: Naguri Lake -> Shirayasawa -> Mt.Bonoore -> Mt.Iwatakeishi -> JR Sawai Station

PhotoI walked from Naguri Lake -> Shirayasawa mountain stream -> Mt.Bonoore -> Mt.Iwatakeishi -> JR Sawai Station.
It was about 15km and took about 5hours.
A panoramic view from Mt.Bonoore.

Pictures that I took on the day!












A panoramic view from Mt.Iwatakeishi.

My Impression

I felt a beautiful impression on the top of each mountains and Shirayasawa mountain streams. On the top of Mt.Bonoore, there were about 100 hikers!
There are many access route to Mt.Bonoore. I walked along the Shirayasawa mountain stream from the West end of Naguri Lake that is the start of the trail up to Mt.Bonoore.
I saw many hikers walking along the same path(Lake->Mt.Bonoore->Mt.Iwatakeishi) with me. I saw the many hikers walked along the Shirayasawa mountain stream, I guess they came by car and parked it on the lake road side. But, I saw so many hikers on the top of Mt.Bonoore, so I guess many hikers were climb up from a station of JR Okutama Line.

The access way to the Sawarabino-yu
You can make use of a bus access to the Sawarabino-yu from Higashi Hanno Station.
The Bus stop at the station is beside the west side exit and facing to a convenience store on the road. I took a bus that starts at 9:20am. The time table of the bus is different on weekdays or holidays.
The day I walked was holiday. You should confirm the bus time table, because it's different to weekdays and holidays. Please look at the next URL of Kokusaikogyo Bus.
The distance from Higashi Hanno to Sawarabinoyu is about 17.8km. It takes about 45 minutes to Sawarabi-no-yu from the station.
I took access to Higasi Hanno by JR Hachiko Line. Bus starts from Hanno Station of Seibu Ikebukuro Line, so if you access from Ikebukuro side, it's convenient for you to ride on the bus at Hanno Station.

My recommendation access to Mt.Bonoore
When you are planning to walk along the Bonoore mountain from North to the South, so my recommendation is ...
At first, walk up from Shirayasawa mountain stream to Mt.Bonoore.
Then, you walk down to Mt.Iwatakeishi and go to the Mitake Station.
I think this is the popular access route to MtBonoore, so I guess it's few chance losing your mountain path. From Mt.Iwatakeishi to the JR station, the recommended route is to go to the Mitake Station. Many hikers are walking on this route on holidays or weekends.
So, I think this is the best way!
The mountain path that I walked from Mt.Iwatakeishi to Sawai station was a rough mountain road and I met few hikers. The other mountain path and the direction board was good for the hikers.

Time Schedule
9:20  The bus departed from Higashi Hanno Station.
10:09 Bus Stop of "Kawamata Naguriko Iriguchi" 
         I walked to the next bus stop.
10:11  "Sawarabino-yu" bus stop
         It has a lavatory near the bus stop.
10:43 Start of a trail up Mt.Bonoore (West side of the Lake)
11:36 I arrived a rest station
         I searched the other mountain path to Mt.Bonoore, but could not found it.
11:17 Start to walk up to Mt.Bonoore.

12:02 A top of Mt.Bonoore
         I took a short time rest(lunch time).
12:07 Start to walk to the next destinations.
12:28 Mt.Kuroyama
13:29 Mt.Iwatakeishi
(14:00) I walked path along Mt.Sogakuzan
14:44 Arrived at JR Sawai Station

Key Notes    
20130503_route_of_the_trek20130503_trekLocation: Okutama Area, western part of Tokyo
Destination: Bonoore Mountain(棒の折山), Iwatakeishi  Mountain(岩茸石山)
Date  walked: May 3rd(Fri), 2013 (Fine weather)
Map:                    Garmin GPS + Japan RoadNavi 25000 v2 by UUD Co.,Ltd.
The ".gpx" track of my hiking:                           「trek_from_naguri_lake_to_sawai_station.gdb」をダウンロード
Walk type:            Mountain walk
Difficulty:             a little tough because of a  long distance walk 
Distance:             about 14.8km

Time taken:          about 4hr53min ( includes a very short break for lunch )
Railway stations:   Higashi Hanno(JR Hachiko Line/ Seibu Ikebukuro Line), Sawai(JR  Ome Line)
Bus access:          Higashi Hanno Station/ Hanno Station

Key Word
: western part of Tokyo, Hanno, Okutama, Sawai, Mitake, hiking, walking, day  walks, Mt. Bonoore, Mt.Iwatakeishi

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