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Autumn colors near Mt. Kinpo/Kinpu and Mt. Kokushi-ga-take ( Day Hike / Japan Okuchichibu)

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Date:
30 Sep, 2015(Wed) [Day Trip]
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Drove up and parked at Ohdarumi toge pass free parking space.

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   8:14 Ohdarumi toge
8:30 Yume-no-teien, "garden of dream"
9:10 Mt. Kita-oku-senjyo-dake
9:24 Mt. Kokushi-gatake
10:05 Ohdarumi toge
11:02 Mt. Asahi-dake
12:00 Mt. Kinpo/Kinpu
13:57 Ohdarumi toge

Route Infomation:
   No dangerous spots
The autumn colors around this area have already closed to their best.
If you plan to hike here, this weekend might be best !!

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I chose this place for the first autumn-color hunt of the season.
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I chose this place for the first autumn-color hunt of the season.
The free parking space at Ohdarumi for about 20 cars were full, but some road-side spaces beyond the parking lot still had some open spaces.
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The free parking space at Ohdarumi for about 20 cars were full, but some road-side spaces beyond the parking lot still had some open spaces.

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My plan was to hike toward yume-no-teien first.
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My plan was to hike toward yume-no-teien first.

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The view from yume-np-teien was already gorgeous.
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The view from yume-np-teien was already gorgeous.

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The temperature was colder than I had expected. It was 6 degrees-c and I even found ice pillars here and there for the first time of the season.
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The temperature was colder than I had expected. It was 6 degrees-c and I even found ice pillars here and there for the first time of the season.
When I reached the ridge to Mt. Mae-kokushi, I found Mt. Fuji over the beautifully autoum-colored slope of Mt. Kita-okusenjo-date.
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When I reached the ridge to Mt. Mae-kokushi, I found Mt. Fuji over the beautifully autoum-colored slope of Mt. Kita-okusenjo-date.
It might be the best view of today's hike. ^^)
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It might be the best view of today's hike. ^^)
Mt. Mae-kokushi.
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Mt. Mae-kokushi.

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Mt. Kita-Okusenjo. The cold wind was so strong that I couldn't stay very long.
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Mt. Kita-Okusenjo. The cold wind was so strong that I couldn't stay very long.
The view from the top, however, was very clear for this time of the year.
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The view from the top, however, was very clear for this time of the year.
I could see many mountains of South Alps to Center Alps as well as Mt. Yatsugatake to the right.
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I could see many mountains of South Alps to Center Alps as well as Mt. Yatsugatake to the right.

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Mt. Kokushidake.
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Mt. Kokushidake.
I could see Mt. Fuji again from the peak.
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I could see Mt. Fuji again from the peak.

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10:00 I came back to the parking lot.
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10:00 I came back to the parking lot.
And headed Mt. Kimpo.
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And headed Mt. Kimpo.
The leaves started to fall in the higher elevation.
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The leaves started to fall in the higher elevation.

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I could see Mt. Yatsugatake and Mt. Mizugaki from the ridge to Mt. Kinpo.
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I could see Mt. Yatsugatake and Mt. Mizugaki from the ridge to Mt. Kinpo.
12:00 I reached Mt. Kimpo. About 20 hikers were around the peak.
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12:00 I reached Mt. Kimpo. About 20 hikers were around the peak.

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Some tried to climb the famous gojoishi rock.
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Some tried to climb the famous gojoishi rock.

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Mt. Tetsuzan I walked through looked nice.
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Mt. Tetsuzan I walked through looked nice.
When I looked back from Mt. Asahi on my way back, the ridge I walked looked also nice.
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When I looked back from Mt. Asahi on my way back, the ridge I walked looked also nice.
Mt. Kokushi and Mt. Kita-okusenjo I hiked in the morning looked nice as well.
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Mt. Kokushi and Mt. Kita-okusenjo I hiked in the morning looked nice as well.
It was a little cold, but a cozy nice hike.
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It was a little cold, but a cozy nice hike.
  
Notes:(by tatsuca)
   I thought it was a little too early, but I found autumn colors near Mt. Kinpo was already close to their best.

[Rating of the overall course for middle-aged beginner hikers, like myself
* The keys used in my logs are in: http://mountrec.com/modules/diary/629-detail-455
- Required Stamina: Level 2 of 5. As the starting point is on high altitude, the hike itself wasn't so tough.
- Difficulty: Level 1. No place to use hands.
- Acrophobic? Level 1. There was no place to worry about.
- Get lost? Level 2. The signboard was written in Japanese, but the traces were clear. If you have a GPS device or you can tell differences of some kanji appear on the boards, there shouldn't be a big problem.
- Photogenic? Level 3. No wildflowers now, but with beautiful colored leaves and gorgeous open views of far mountains, the hike was really enjoyable.
- Come again? Level 3. Hopefully when the weather is nice.
Comment: You could choose either of the two directions from Ohdarumi toge depending on your stamina.
` If you will drive and park, the parking situation could be very bad on this weekend. You may want to arrive very early, before six, or late, toward noon to find a space.

The original Log in Japanese is here.
http://www.yamareco.com/modules/yamareco/detail-730862.html
If you should be interested in my other logs, please check
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I hope my humble hiking reports could be of any help for your memorable stay in Japan. If you have any questions, please feel free to contact me through MountRec.


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