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Mt. Ohtakatori and Plum garden in Ogose. ( Day Hike / Japan Kitamusashi)

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Date:
10 Feb, 2016(Wed) [Day Trip]
Members: Weather:
Sunny with cold winds.


How to reach:
  Transport: Bus Car/Motorcycle
To: Drove and parked at Yu-park Ogose hpt-spring facility.
From: Took a bus from Ogose bairin bus stop to Ogose station, then used a free shuttle to Yu-park Ogose.

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Route Details:
   8:00 Yu-park Ogose
8:50 Katsuragi-kannon shrine
9:20 Mt. Ohtakatori
9:55 Ogose bairi plum garden
10:30 Ogose bairin mae bus stop
* Local bus to Ogose station.
11:10 A free shuttle bus to Yu-park Ogose



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After a very nice hike to Unryu valley to see ice falls, I felt somewhat burnt out and made this plan for an easy hike. I parked at Yu-park Ogose, a spa facility, and started to walk around 8:00
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After a very nice hike to Unryu valley to see ice falls, I felt somewhat burnt out and made this plan for an easy hike. I parked at Yu-park Ogose, a spa facility, and started to walk around 8:00
First, I walked toward Katsuragi kannon shrine.
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First, I walked toward Katsuragi kannon shrine.
This cute character seems to be a city mascot of Moro.
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This cute character seems to be a city mascot of Moro.
A section of the trail on Kokudo-chiriin's official map seemed to be obsolete, and I had to walk through orange fields to reach this trail. The white new signboard with a red arrow in the left picture seemed to be the right way for hikers.
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A section of the trail on Kokudo-chiriin's official map seemed to be obsolete, and I had to walk through orange fields to reach this trail. The white new signboard with a red arrow in the left picture seemed to be the right way for hikers.
The trail merged into a driveway.
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The trail merged into a driveway.
The temperature was 1 degree-c. I felt chilly with some north wind.
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The temperature was 1 degree-c. I felt chilly with some north wind.
8:50 I arrived at Katsuragi-kannon shrine.
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8:50 I arrived at Katsuragi-kannon shrine.
The trail was on the right backside of the building.
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The trail was on the right backside of the building.
When I came close to the peak of Mt. Ohtakatori, there was some snow left, but it wasn't a problem.
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When I came close to the peak of Mt. Ohtakatori, there was some snow left, but it wasn't a problem.
9:15 I arrived at the peak.
I met no hikers along the trail today.
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9:15 I arrived at the peak.
I met no hikers along the trail today.
The only open-view that I had today was from the peak. It wasn't very impressive, though.
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The only open-view that I had today was from the peak. It wasn't very impressive, though.
I continued to walk toward Ogaose bairin plum fields.
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I continued to walk toward Ogaose bairin plum fields.
Turned left at this signpost.
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Turned left at this signpost.
I reached the fringe of a village in 5 minutes.
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I reached the fringe of a village in 5 minutes.
There was a small shrine, called Umezono jinja, or plum garden shrine along the driveway.
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There was a small shrine, called Umezono jinja, or plum garden shrine along the driveway.
Soon I came near to the entrance of Ogose bairin plum fields. The Ume-matsuri festival will be from Feb. 20th this year, and there was a road construction going on probably to prepare for the opening.
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Soon I came near to the entrance of Ogose bairin plum fields. The Ume-matsuri festival will be from Feb. 20th this year, and there was a road construction going on probably to prepare for the opening.
I thought maybe it was too early, but some trees were already in full bloom.
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I thought maybe it was too early, but some trees were already in full bloom.
I also found fukujuso for the first time of this season.
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I also found fukujuso for the first time of this season.

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Robai is a different kind of early spring flower trees, and there were still some left.
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Robai is a different kind of early spring flower trees, and there were still some left.

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I came across a flock of mejiro birds.
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I came across a flock of mejiro birds.

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I planned to walk to Mt. Kobo after the plum garden but the wind became stronger and it was so chilly, I gave up the plan and shortened my hike. I took the 10:32 local bus to Ogose station.
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I planned to walk to Mt. Kobo after the plum garden but the wind became stronger and it was so chilly, I gave up the plan and shortened my hike. I took the 10:32 local bus to Ogose station.
As a free-shuttle to Yu-park where I parked would leave 11:10, I took a rest at tourist information center by the station.
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As a free-shuttle to Yu-park where I parked would leave 11:10, I took a rest at tourist information center by the station.
There were only two passengers in the shuttle. The other one was a senior who seemed to use the shuttle frequently. กก
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There were only two passengers in the shuttle. The other one was a senior who seemed to use the shuttle frequently. กก
There were more cars parked at the Yu-park parking.
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There were more cars parked at the Yu-park parking.
After taking a bath in a large bath tub, I had lunch. The buckwheat noodles were nice.
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After taking a bath in a large bath tub, I had lunch. The buckwheat noodles were nice.
This facility also had a nap room, which I found nice , as I tend to become sleepy while I drive after a bath and lunch.
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This facility also had a nap room, which I found nice , as I tend to become sleepy while I drive after a bath and lunch.
  
Notes:(by tatsuca)
   This course may be too short for even a day hike, but I planned this one so that I could also enjoy other two attractions; plum-flower viewing and a hot spa.

As I expected, the hike wasn't very impressive, but I could enjoy the plum blossoms and a nice clean spa facility.

[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 1 of 5. Too short even for a day hike.
- Difficulty: Level 1. The course is not very far from walking paths in a park.
- Acrophobic? Level 1. Ditto.
- Get lost? Level 2. As is often happens in low mountains near villages, there were branches and traces everywhere. I used a navigating tool on my cell-phone, but I made small mistakes a couple of times.
- Photogenic? Level 2. The views from Mt. Takatori and on the trail are not very attractive, or featurelessnot, It was a little too early for the blossoms, but Ogose plum fields were nice and would be nicer in a couple of weeks.
- Come again? Level 1. Actually, this was my second visit here. The plum fields and the hot spa facility are nice to revisit, but the hiking course might not.

The original Log in Japanese is here.
http://www.yamareco.com/modules/yamareco/detail-810167.html
If you should be interested in my other logs, please check
http://mountrec.com/modules/mtrec/userinfo-629-data.html

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