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Ura-Takao to Mt. Jimba ( Day Hike / Japan Okutama, Takao)

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Date:
19 Dec, 2015(Sat) [Day Trip]
Members: Weather:
Sunny with clear sky.


How to reach:
  Transport: Train Bus
To: Use the only bus service in the morning form JR Sagamiko station to Ohtarumi BS
From: Use a bus service from Jinba-kogen-shita BS to JR Takao station
* The only bus service to the Ohtarumi bus stop in the morning leaves 8:39 from Sagamiko station bound for Hachioji station
http://www.navitime.co.jp/diagram/bus/00128918/00030479/1/#1_0

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   8:39 JR Sagamiko statino
* took a bus Hachioji station
8:58 Ohtarumi BS
9:50 Icchodaira
10:15 Mt. Shiroyama
10:40 Kobotoke toge
11:05 Mt. Kagenobu
12:10 Myo-oh toge
13:05 Mt. Jimba
14:11 Jimba-kogenshita BS
* took a bus at 14:25 to JR Takao station

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I made a plan to visit Mt. Takao area to look for ice flowers, or "kouri-no-hana," a special kind of ice pillars formed through stems of dead plants.
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I made a plan to visit Mt. Takao area to look for ice flowers, or "kouri-no-hana," a special kind of ice pillars formed through stems of dead plants.
This time I planned to start hiking from Ohtarumi BS, which is the closest BS to the place famous for the kouri-no-hana.
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This time I planned to start hiking from Ohtarumi BS, which is the closest BS to the place famous for the kouri-no-hana.
8:55 Three passengers with hiking attires got off at the Ohtarumi BS.
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8:55 Three passengers with hiking attires got off at the Ohtarumi BS.
I used a well-maintained trail called "Gakushu-no-mori"
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I used a well-maintained trail called "Gakushu-no-mori"
There were some red seeds of Yabukoji found along the trail.
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There were some red seeds of Yabukoji found along the trail.
Some wild strawberries bloomed out of season.
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Some wild strawberries bloomed out of season.
I turned left at this branch.
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I turned left at this branch.
The areas with red shadows are the ones I found ice flowers last year. I decided to use the counter-clock wise route of the blue line this time.
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The areas with red shadows are the ones I found ice flowers last year. I decided to use the counter-clock wise route of the blue line this time.
I looked for the ice flowers, but I couldn't find any before I reached the mail trail from Mt. Takao.
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I looked for the ice flowers, but I couldn't find any before I reached the mail trail from Mt. Takao.
As I had planned, I used a traversing trail on the north side of the ridge when I reached the mail trail.
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As I had planned, I used a traversing trail on the north side of the ridge when I reached the mail trail.
The temperature was around 5 degree C, so maybe a little too warm for ice pillars.
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The temperature was around 5 degree C, so maybe a little too warm for ice pillars.
I found lots of ice flowers around this explanatory board of the ice flower last year, but I couldn't find any either today.
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I found lots of ice flowers around this explanatory board of the ice flower last year, but I couldn't find any either today.
I arrived at a viewing terrace of Icchodaira without finding any ice flowers, but the weather was so nice that I could see Mt. Fuji clearly.
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I arrived at a viewing terrace of Icchodaira without finding any ice flowers, but the weather was so nice that I could see Mt. Fuji clearly.

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I could also see the Pcific Ocean.
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I could also see the Pcific Ocean.
I continued to walk looking for the ice flowers choosing traversing trail on the northern slopes.

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I continued to walk looking for the ice flowers choosing traversing trail on the northern slopes.
I almost gave up the search, but when I arrived at a traversing trail below Mt. Shiroyama, I found some hikers taking photos. There they were.
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I almost gave up the search, but when I arrived at a traversing trail below Mt. Shiroyama, I found some hikers taking photos. There they were.
There weren't so many as I had hoped, but they were ice flowers for sure.
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There weren't so many as I had hoped, but they were ice flowers for sure.

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At 10:15, I came up to the peak of Mt. Shiroyama with a relief that I had cleared the main purpose of this hike.
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At 10:15, I came up to the peak of Mt. Shiroyama with a relief that I had cleared the main purpose of this hike.
The resting place of Mt. Shiroyama wasn't very crowded at this early morning hours.
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The resting place of Mt. Shiroyama wasn't very crowded at this early morning hours.
Mt. Fuji was also nice from the peak.
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Mt. Fuji was also nice from the peak.
I was able to see Sky-tree from the east side of the ridge.
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I was able to see Sky-tree from the east side of the ridge.
The view of Tokyo metropolitan area from this place was great.
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The view of Tokyo metropolitan area from this place was great.
Soon I arrived at another small viewing terrace where Mt. Fuji could be seen over the Lake Sagami. Maybe this small terrace had the best view for photographers.
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Soon I arrived at another small viewing terrace where Mt. Fuji could be seen over the Lake Sagami. Maybe this small terrace had the best view for photographers.
I found someone was selling hking maps around the area. These maps aren't sold at general book stores but there are long-lived fans among hikers.
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I found someone was selling hking maps around the area. These maps aren't sold at general book stores but there are long-lived fans among hikers.
10:40 I passed Kobotoke-toge.
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10:40 I passed Kobotoke-toge.
11:07 The peak of Mt. Kagenobu came into sight.
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11:07 The peak of Mt. Kagenobu came into sight.
This peak also had a big resting place with food stands.
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This peak also had a big resting place with food stands.

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I met more hikers from the opposite direction than the trail before Kobotoge-toge. I probably met more than a hundred.
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I met more hikers from the opposite direction than the trail before Kobotoge-toge. I probably met more than a hundred.
When I arrived at Myo-ou toge around noon, many hikers were taking lunch break.
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When I arrived at Myo-ou toge around noon, many hikers were taking lunch break.
I could see Mt. Fuji from every resting spots along the trail today.

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I could see Mt. Fuji from every resting spots along the trail today.

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I found some other ice flowers when I came near to Mt. Jinba; this was a pleasant surprise.
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I found some other ice flowers when I came near to Mt. Jinba; this was a pleasant surprise.
Probably the temperature is low enough to keep them alive until this hour.
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Probably the temperature is low enough to keep them alive until this hour.

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13:00
I found even more hikers around the spacious peak of Mt. Jinba.
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I found even more hikers around the spacious peak of Mt. Jinba.

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As I had time for the next bus from Jimba-kogenshita BS at 14:25, I decided to have lunch here. The summit stands serve light meals such as udon, oden, and kenchinjiru soup. I chose udon today.
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As I had time for the next bus from Jimba-kogenshita BS at 14:25, I decided to have lunch here. The summit stands serve light meals such as udon, oden, and kenchinjiru soup. I chose udon today.

The splendid view of Mt. Fujit was a great side-dish of this place.
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The splendid view of Mt. Fujit was a great side-dish of this place.
I resumed walking toward the BS.
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I resumed walking toward the BS.

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The last section to the BS was a driveway walk.
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The last section to the BS was a driveway walk.

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As there were many hikers waiting for the bus, they added an extra bus serrvice to the 14:25 one.
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As there were many hikers waiting for the bus, they added an extra bus serrvice to the 14:25 one.
  
Notes:(by tatsuca)
   Mt. Takao, as you know, is one of the most famous hiking destinations in Japan. It became even more popular after Michelin Travel Guide named Mt. Takao a three-star winning mountain and one of the best places to discover the "real Japan" in 2007.

This time, I planned a hike to look for ice flowers, another hikers' attraction of the area. They are formed through a special kind of weed whose roots remain alive after the plants die, and the water through the root to the surface forms various shapes when it turns into ice.

I read a report that there were some found in the previous day, so I thought there should be more because the temperature forecast was lower than the previous day. I couldn't find any in the most promising spots at the beginning of the hike and when I almost gave up the search, I found some of them fortunately.

As the view of Mt. Fuji were splendid at every viewing sites along the trail, this hike turned out to be very successful and satisfactory.


[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 3 of 5. The length is relative long, but it wasn't so tough because the ridge way doesn't have many ups and downs.
- Difficulty: Level 1. No need to use a hand.
- Acrophobic? Level 1. No spots to be scary.
- Get lost? Level 2. The signboards are very well maintained and there are many hikers around, so it isn't difficult as long as you walk on the main trail.
- Photogenic? Level 3. If you are not interested in the ice flowers, the views from the ridge way are nice.
- Come again? Level 3. Sure, I will
- Overall comment: I intentionally omit the crowded main trail to Mt. Takao this time, but if you are interested in Japanese shrines, you might as well start your hike from Takao-san-guchi station on Keio-line.

The original Log in Japanese is here.
http://www.yamareco.com/modules/yamareco/detail-780801.html
If you should be interested in my other logs, please check
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