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Mt. Mitake, Mt. Hinode & Tsuru-tsuru Onsen hot spa ^^) ( Day Hike / Japan Okutama)

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Date:
30 Jul, 2016(Sat) [Day Trip]
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Sunny, clear sky.


How to reach:
  Transport: Train Bus
To: Used a bus from JR Musashi-itsukaichi to Kami-yozawa BS
From: Used a bus from Tsuru-trusu Onsen to JR Musashi-itsukaichi station
http://bus.ekitan.com/rosen/Rp610?t=0&b=310329&f=0&com=31&cn=%90%BC%93%8C%8B%9E%83o%83X&r=18
http://bus.ekitan.com/rosen/Rp610?t=0&b=310437&f=0&com=31&cn=%90%BC%93%8C%8B%9E%83o%83X&r=39

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   8:22 Bus from JR Musashi-itsukaichi
8:50 Kamiyozawa BS, terminal
10:20 Nanayo-no-taki fall
11:53 Mitake cable top station
12:45 Mt. Hinode
13:50 Tsutsu-tsuru-no-yu hot spa facility

Route Infomation:
   No dangerous spots.

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The bus arrived at the Kami-yozawa terminal BS around 8:50. As there were many passengers waited at the Musathi-itsukaichi, an extra bus operated. Most passengers got off at previous bus stops and there were 3 or 4 left at the terminal on the two buses.
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The bus arrived at the Kami-yozawa terminal BS around 8:50. As there were many passengers waited at the Musathi-itsukaichi, an extra bus operated. Most passengers got off at previous bus stops and there were 3 or 4 left at the terminal on the two buses.
The first section was a long paved way work along Yozawa river.
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The first section was a long paved way work along Yozawa river.
The forest road was through woods, so it wasn't so hot as I feared.
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The forest road was through woods, so it wasn't so hot as I feared.
After an hour slow ascending walk, the road was closed for vehicles due to a small landslide ahead.

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After an hour slow ascending walk, the road was closed for vehicles due to a small landslide ahead.
After 10 minutes, the trail branched to the right and it became more like a trail.
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After 10 minutes, the trail branched to the right and it became more like a trail.
It was just a 15 minute walk to Nanayo-no-taki fall. The fall is small but there is a resting place in front of the pool and several hikers were taking break.
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It was just a 15 minute walk to Nanayo-no-taki fall. The fall is small but there is a resting place in front of the pool and several hikers were taking break.
Most people go up to Rock Garden from the fall, but I planned to visit Rengeshoma flower graden, so I walked up toward Nagao-daira. The ascending in hot air was really exhausting, though.
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Most people go up to Rock Garden from the fall, but I planned to visit Rengeshoma flower graden, so I walked up toward Nagao-daira. The ascending in hot air was really exhausting, though.
I used a traverse road down the Mitake jinja shrine, but I could find several Rengeshoma flowers along the stone steps as I expected.
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I used a traverse road down the Mitake jinja shrine, but I could find several Rengeshoma flowers along the stone steps as I expected.
I passed by the famous old zelkova tree, Kamiyo-keyaki.
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I passed by the famous old zelkova tree, Kamiyo-keyaki.
And arrived at a viewing terrace by the Rengeshoma garden.
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And arrived at a viewing terrace by the Rengeshoma garden.
It is said that ten days after the rainy season is the best stable weather for hiking/trekking. It was a nice change from the rainy weather we have had until a couple of days ago.
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It is said that ten days after the rainy season is the best stable weather for hiking/trekking. It was a nice change from the rainy weather we have had until a couple of days ago.
I came down to the cable top station through the Rengeshoma garden. I had an escape plan to use the cable car if my lower back pain was bad, but it wasn't, so I decided to continue to walk to Mt. Hinode.
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I came down to the cable top station through the Rengeshoma garden. I had an escape plan to use the cable car if my lower back pain was bad, but it wasn't, so I decided to continue to walk to Mt. Hinode.
It was 26.8 degree-C and 66% humidity. The orange lamp of my heat-attack checker were on from the morning today.
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It was 26.8 degree-C and 66% humidity. The orange lamp of my heat-attack checker were on from the morning today.
The trail to Mt. Hidode was through forests, so it wasn't so bad.
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The trail to Mt. Hidode was through forests, so it wasn't so bad.
11:45 I reached Mt. Hinode.
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11:45 I reached Mt. Hinode.
The tip of Mt. Fuji was seen from the peak. Can you find it?
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The tip of Mt. Fuji was seen from the peak. Can you find it?
The panoramic picture toward the Kanto plain looked like this.
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The panoramic picture toward the Kanto plain looked like this.
The peak with a gazebo was crowded with hikers.
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The peak with a gazebo was crowded with hikers.
As there was no shadowy place left, I kept walking down to Tsuru-truru Onsen.
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As there was no shadowy place left, I kept walking down to Tsuru-truru Onsen.
When I passed by a small stone shrine, my lower back started hurt as I feared.
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When I passed by a small stone shrine, my lower back started hurt as I feared.
But it was a kind of pain that easily stops when I sit down for a while. I took a couple of short rests and came down to the trailhead without big difficulties.
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But it was a kind of pain that easily stops when I sit down for a while. I took a couple of short rests and came down to the trailhead without big difficulties.
And I walked up a hot scorching driveway for five minutes to clean my sweat at Tsuru-tsuru-no-yu hot spring facility.
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And I walked up a hot scorching driveway for five minutes to clean my sweat at Tsuru-tsuru-no-yu hot spring facility.
Soba noodles with a glass of cold draft beer after hike and a bath were really nice.

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Soba noodles with a glass of cold draft beer after hike and a bath were really nice.
In this section, I post photos of wildflowers. If you should be interested in the Japanese name, please check my original report at:
http://www.yamareco.com/modules/yamareco/detail-927674.html
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http://www.yamareco.com/modules/yamareco/detail-927674.html

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Notes:(by tatsuca)
   This time, I planned a hike hoping to see Rengeshoma flowers and Iwatabako flowers around Mt. Mitake.
I visited this area many times, but I haven't used a trail from Kami-yozawa to Nana-yo-no-taki fall, so I chose the one.

I have a light pain in my lower back, so I planned to use a cable car if my back starts to pain but luckily I could hike to Mt. Hinode as I had planned.

This was also my first visit to "Tsuru-tsuru Onsen", literally "slippery/smooth hot spring" and I enjoyed the bath and nice soba noodles at the restaurant. BTW, the facility is named "Tsuru-tsuru Onsen" because it uses strong alkaline spring water and we feel as if the skin becomes slippery or smooth when we touch it.
* The bath is a Japese style and no bathing suits allowed. Not mixed bathing.
http://www.gws.ne.jp/home/onsen/

[Rating of the trail 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. (A little tough in hot weather like today.)
- Difficulty: Level 2. There is one short rocky section near the Nanayo-no-taki fall, but not difficult. You may pass it without using the handrail.
- Unnerving?: Level 1. No problem.
- Get lost? Level 2. There are many branches along the trail. A map or a
GPS device may be necessary.
- Photogenic? Level 2. There are not many grand mountain views in the area, but wildflowers are abundant.
- Come again? Level 2. The forest road walk from Kami-yozawa to Nanayo-no-taki was not so bad even under the strong sunshine, because it runs through woods and there are much shadows.
Comments: I didn't hike through rock garden today, but the place is one of the biggest attractions in the area. The easiest access is to use the cable car from Takimoto to Mitakesan.
This Youtube is the one I made three years ago when I visited here with my daughter.


Also, the following are the reports of my previous hikes in this area, FYI.
http://mountrec.com/modules/mtrec/detail-681.html
http://mountrec.com/modules/mtrec/detail-1042.html
http://mountrec.com/modules/mtrec/detail-996.html
http://mountrec.com/modules/mtrec/detail-875.html
http://mountrec.com/modules/mtrec/detail-913.html

The original Log in Japanese is here.
http://www.yamareco.com/modules/yamareco/detail-927674.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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