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Mt. Mitake & Mt. Ohtake; New Year's Sunrise viewing hike ( Day Hike / Japan Okutama)

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Date:
01 Jan, 2016(Fri) [Day Trip]
Members: Weather:
Sunny, clear sky.


How to reach:
  Transport: Train Bus Cable/Ropeway
To: Used the "Hatsuhinode" New Year's Sunrise special express to JR Mitake station. Got on a local bus to Mitake cable car base station, and used the cable car.
From: Used the 11:55 local bus from Gundoh BS to JR Musashi-Itsukaichi.
* Beware that Mitake Cable will out of service from Jan. 18th until March due to a maintenance work.

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Route Details:
   4:45 JR Mitake Station
5:00 Mitake Cable base station at Takimoto
5:18 Mitake Cable top station
5:55 Mitake-san Shrine
6:15 Nagao-daira viewing terrace
* waited for the New Year's sunrise until 7:00
8:00 Nabewari branch
8:45 Mt. Ohtake
9:55 Fujimidai
11:06 Mt. Mazukari
11:54 Gundoh BS

Route Infomation:
   There aren't any dangerous spots, but some sections near Tsuzura-iwa could be dangerous because of fallen slippery leaves on the narrow trail traversing the steep slope.

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I left Kichijoji around 3:40 to catch, the Hatsuhinode speical express, leaving Tachikawa at 4:02 bound for Mitake station.
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I left Kichijoji around 3:40 to catch, the Hatsuhinode speical express, leaving Tachikawa at 4:02 bound for Mitake station.
The Hatsuhinode train was so-so crowded with passengers most of who will visit Mitake-san shrine for their first visit of the year. Those with hiking gears seemed to be one ouf of 5 to 7.
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The Hatsuhinode train was so-so crowded with passengers most of who will visit Mitake-san shrine for their first visit of the year. Those with hiking gears seemed to be one ouf of 5 to 7.
As I sat by the door of the train that was closest to the exit of the Mitake platform, I was able to catch the first bus and the cable car without waiting long. (The train was 6-tram operation, so they should have used 3 or 4 extra buses to carry all the passengers. )
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As I sat by the door of the train that was closest to the exit of the Mitake platform, I was able to catch the first bus and the cable car without waiting long. (The train was 6-tram operation, so they should have used 3 or 4 extra buses to carry all the passengers. )
I arrived at the top station around 5:18.
The train, buses, and cable usually are not operated at night. They ran only for the New Year's eve through New Year's day for the Hatsumode, the first shrine visit of the year, visitors.
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I arrived at the top station around 5:18.
The train, buses, and cable usually are not operated at night. They ran only for the New Year's eve through New Year's day for the Hatsumode, the first shrine visit of the year, visitors.
First, I went to the viewing terrace near the top station to see the lights of Tokyo metropolitan area. It was spectacular.
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First, I went to the viewing terrace near the top station to see the lights of Tokyo metropolitan area. It was spectacular.
Then I walked toward Mitake-san shrine. The street to the shrine had lights for the visitors.
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Then I walked toward Mitake-san shrine. The street to the shrine had lights for the visitors.
The shops along the shrine street also opened for the special day.
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The shops along the shrine street also opened for the special day.
The main building seemed to be under renovation. Although it would be more than an hour for the sunrise, many people were already waiting for the hatsuhinode, or the first sunrise of the year.
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The main building seemed to be under renovation. Although it would be more than an hour for the sunrise, many people were already waiting for the hatsuhinode, or the first sunrise of the year.
After I visited the main building for Hatsumode, I headed toward Nagao-daira viewing terrace to see the hatsuhinode. There were no lights on this side of the street.
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After I visited the main building for Hatsumode, I headed toward Nagao-daira viewing terrace to see the hatsuhinode. There were no lights on this side of the street.
6:15 I arrived at Nagao-daira and set my camera toward the sunrise point.
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6:15 I arrived at Nagao-daira and set my camera toward the sunrise point.
Some software is handy to check the sunrise point.
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Some software is handy to check the sunrise point.
Not as many as the ones at Mitake Shrine, but there were neary one hundred people waiting for the sunrise.
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Not as many as the ones at Mitake Shrine, but there were neary one hundred people waiting for the sunrise.

The horizon was covered by clouds, but the sun rose beautifully.
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The horizon was covered by clouds, but the sun rose beautifully.
The viewers started to leave the terrace in the morning sunlight.
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The viewers started to leave the terrace in the morning sunlight.
My plan was to hike to Mt. Ohtake and Mazukari-one ridge.
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My plan was to hike to Mt. Ohtake and Mazukari-one ridge.
I luckily found a couple of small ice flowers near Nabewari branch. These are made through dead stems of some specific kinds of weeds.
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I luckily found a couple of small ice flowers near Nabewari branch. These are made through dead stems of some specific kinds of weeds.
When Mt. Ohtake came into my sight, I began to meet hikers toward Mitake cable. They probably views the sunrise at Mt. Ohtake.
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When Mt. Ohtake came into my sight, I began to meet hikers toward Mitake cable. They probably views the sunrise at Mt. Ohtake.
There were some fixed ropes and chains installed on the rocky spots.
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There were some fixed ropes and chains installed on the rocky spots.
8:26 I arrived at Ohtake shrine where a branch to Mazukari-one was.
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8:26 I arrived at Ohtake shrine where a branch to Mazukari-one was.
I said "Happy New Year" to the guarding dog statue. ^^)
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I said "Happy New Year" to the guarding dog statue. ^^)
8:42 When I arrived at the peak of Mt. Ohtake, several hikers were taking a rest.
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8:42 When I arrived at the peak of Mt. Ohtake, several hikers were taking a rest.
Mt. Fuji with the sign pillar.
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Mt. Fuji with the sign pillar.
Mt. Fuji was beautiful today.
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Mt. Fuji was beautiful today.
A panoramic picture.
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A panoramic picture.
I found several ice flowers while I was returning to the branch to Mazukari-one.
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I found several ice flowers while I was returning to the branch to Mazukari-one.

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The temperature finally rose above zero on the sunny trail.
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The temperature finally rose above zero on the sunny trail.
9:20 I came to another branch to Mazukarione and Nokogirione.
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9:20 I came to another branch to Mazukarione and Nokogirione.
The trail was through woods, but there were several spots where Mt. Fuji could be seen.
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The trail was through woods, but there were several spots where Mt. Fuji could be seen.
In a Japanese New Year's card format .
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In a Japanese New Year's card format .
9:52 I arrived at Fujimi-dai, Mt. Fuji viewing terrace, literally.
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9:52 I arrived at Fujimi-dai, Mt. Fuji viewing terrace, literally.
The trail became rocky and rough toward Tsuzura-iwa.
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The trail became rocky and rough toward Tsuzura-iwa.
This is Tsuzura-iwa.
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This is Tsuzura-iwa.
A famous spot for rock clibming, but no one was climbing when I passed it.
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A famous spot for rock clibming, but no one was climbing when I passed it.
There were some fixed ropes, too. The trail was not so difficult, but precaution was necessary because it was covered with slippery fallen leaves today.
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There were some fixed ropes, too. The trail was not so difficult, but precaution was necessary because it was covered with slippery fallen leaves today.
When I came near to Mt. Tsuruashi, the trail became wider and gentler, but small ups and downs were a little tough for tiring legs.
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When I came near to Mt. Tsuruashi, the trail became wider and gentler, but small ups and downs were a little tough for tiring legs.
10:49 I passed the peak of Mt. Tsuruashi.
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10:49 I passed the peak of Mt. Tsuruashi.
11:06 I arrived at the peak of Mt. Mazukari, but there was not a good view with trees.
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11:06 I arrived at the peak of Mt. Mazukari, but there was not a good view with trees.
This was my second visit to this peak. I came here almost four years ago from the other side, and I had wanted to walk through the Mayukari-one since then.
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This was my second visit to this peak. I came here almost four years ago from the other side, and I had wanted to walk through the Mayukari-one since then.
When I passed the peak, I realized that I might be able to catch a 11:55 bus at Gundoh BS, so I started to walk fast.
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When I passed the peak, I realized that I might be able to catch a 11:55 bus at Gundoh BS, so I started to walk fast.
I just walk passed the peak of Mt. Komyo.
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I just walk passed the peak of Mt. Komyo.
I couldn't help but taking these seeds, the only one with bright colors I found today, though.
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I couldn't help but taking these seeds, the only one with bright colors I found today, though.
I almost ran when I came near the trailhead.
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I almost ran when I came near the trailhead.
I arrived at the bus stop 11:53, 2 minutes before the bus arrived.
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I arrived at the bus stop 11:53, 2 minutes before the bus arrived.
And arrived at Musahi-Itsukaich station 12:25.
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And arrived at Musahi-Itsukaich station 12:25.
12:32 train was not so crowded, but most of the passengers were hikers. They looked tired, probably because they walked all night to see the first sunrise.
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12:32 train was not so crowded, but most of the passengers were hikers. They looked tired, probably because they walked all night to see the first sunrise.
  
Notes:(by tatsuca)
   I went out for a hatsuhinode or the first sunrise of the year viewing hike this time.

The temperature before dawn in January is low even in the low mountains like Mt. Mitake, but fortunately there wasn't much wind this morning, so it wasn't so chilly.

I also walked through Mt. Mt. Ohtake and Mazukari-one, and both turned out to be a very nice walk with splendid mountain views and Mt. Fuji.

[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. I used a cable car to Mt. Mitake, which made the ascending very easy, but the length and small ups and downs of Mazukari-one were a little tough.
- Difficulty: Level 2. There were several rocky slopes with fixed ropes before Mt. Ohtake and on the ridgeway near Tsuzura-iwa.
- Acrophobic? Level 2. Narrow traversing sections near Tsuzura-iwa could be a little scary.
- Get lost? Level 2. The traces are clear and signboards are well maintained, but there are several confusing branches, so a map or a GPS device would be necessary.
- Photogenic? Level 2. The hatsuhinode was nice, thanks to the fine weather, but aside from it, the views of surrounding mountains and Mt. Fuji are nice if the whether is nice.
- Come again? Level 2. A cozy trail with not-so-tough athletic challenges. It might not be exactly the same course, but I'd probably come back in this area several more times.

The original Log in Japanese is here.
http://www.yamareco.com/modules/yamareco/detail-788468.html
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