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Kan-hasshu Miharashidai & small falls ( Day Hike / Japan Okumusashi)

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Date:
19 Aug, 2016(Fri) [Day Trip]
Members: Weather:
Cloudy, occasional light drizzle.


How to reach:
  Transport: Train Bus
To: Nishi-agano on Seibu-Chichibu line
From: Free shuttle-bus from Kyukamura Okumusashi to Agano station on Seibu-Chichibu line

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   9:00 Nishi-agano station
10:07 Ohtaki fall
10:37 Fudotaki fall
10:58 Shirata fall
11:57 Kan-hasshu miharashi dai view point
12:22 Takayama Fudoson
13:53 Kyukamura Okumusashi hot spring facility

Route Infomation:
   Hot spring baths at Kyukamura Okumusashi was \620.
The facility has a hotel with restaurant; cleaner and nicer than I had expected.

http://www.qkamura.or.jp/en/musashi/

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When I arrived at Nishi-agano station, it was still drizzling.
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When I arrived at Nishi-agano station, it was still drizzling.
26 degrees-C 100% humidity. I expected as much and started to walk with an folding umbrella.
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26 degrees-C 100% humidity. I expected as much and started to walk with an folding umbrella.
The first section was a driveway walk. Luckily, it stopped raining soon.
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The first section was a driveway walk. Luckily, it stopped raining soon.
In 20 minutes, I turned drive into another driveway toward Ohtaki fall. This was also a paved road.
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In 20 minutes, I turned drive into another driveway toward Ohtaki fall. This was also a paved road.
A huge bridge covered with a canopy. I found this was a long belt-conveyor connecting Mt. Buko limestone mine to a cement factory.
http://www.buko-mining.co.jp/yusou.html
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A huge bridge covered with a canopy. I found this was a long belt-conveyor connecting Mt. Buko limestone mine to a cement factory.
http://www.buko-mining.co.jp/yusou.html
After a 50-minute driveway walk, the trail finally branched to the right.
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After a 50-minute driveway walk, the trail finally branched to the right.
10:30 Soon I arrived at the first fall, Ohtaki. It was less than 10 m in height, the water was abundant after the rain we have had for the last couple of days.
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10:30 Soon I arrived at the first fall, Ohtaki. It was less than 10 m in height, the water was abundant after the rain we have had for the last couple of days.
After a 10 minute walk from the fall, the trail merged into another paved road. This was the most confusing point, because the road wasn't seen from the trail below and it seemed a private property.
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After a 10 minute walk from the fall, the trail merged into another paved road. This was the most confusing point, because the road wasn't seen from the trail below and it seemed a private property.
Soon the trail toward Fudonotaki fall branched.
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Soon the trail toward Fudonotaki fall branched.
This section was also well walked.
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This section was also well walked.
Fudonotaki fall is said to be used for mental training by taking waterfall.
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Fudonotaki fall is said to be used for mental training by taking waterfall.
Shirataki fall was just a 15-minute walk from the Fudonotaki.
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Shirataki fall was just a 15-minute walk from the Fudonotaki.
At this branch, if the temperature was too high, I planned to skip Kanhashu Miharashidai, but it seemed not so hot, so I decided to go toward the view point.
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At this branch, if the temperature was too high, I planned to skip Kanhashu Miharashidai, but it seemed not so hot, so I decided to go toward the view point.
There was a stone signpost to the peak.
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There was a stone signpost to the peak.
11:57 I arrived at the peak.
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11:57 I arrived at the peak.
The view wasn't so great today, but this was still nice considering the forecast we had. As it started to sprinkle again, I continued to walk back toward Tanayama Fudo shrine.
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The view wasn't so great today, but this was still nice considering the forecast we had. As it started to sprinkle again, I continued to walk back toward Tanayama Fudo shrine.
In 30 minutes, I arrived at the shrine and paid a quick visit.
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In 30 minutes, I arrived at the shrine and paid a quick visit.
I chose a longer trail through Shida.
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I chose a longer trail through Shida.
It seemed this one wasn't walked so well and I had to bushwhack at some points.
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It seemed this one wasn't walked so well and I had to bushwhack at some points.
13:15 When I came down into a paved forest road, it became sunny.
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13:15 When I came down into a paved forest road, it became sunny.
With the sunshine came back, the temperature went up and the driveway walk to the Kyukamura tougher than I had expected.
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With the sunshine came back, the temperature went up and the driveway walk to the Kyukamura tougher than I had expected.
The sign to the Kykamura was small and hard to find if I didn't have the planned route on my navigation app.
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The sign to the Kykamura was small and hard to find if I didn't have the planned route on my navigation app.
And the last ascent to Okubo-toge pass was steeper than I had expected, and with heat I was really exhausted. ^^;)
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And the last ascent to Okubo-toge pass was steeper than I had expected, and with heat I was really exhausted. ^^;)
13:50 I finally arrived at Kyukamura Okumusashi and take a quick bath at the hot spring baths.
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13:50 I finally arrived at Kyukamura Okumusashi and take a quick bath at the hot spring baths.
The free shuttle bus of the facility was once every hour, so I got on the 14:25 service after a quick bath.
It was just a 5 minute bus ride, but it was nice that I didn't have to walk another 30 minutes on the hot driveway.
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The free shuttle bus of the facility was once every hour, so I got on the 14:25 service after a quick bath.
It was just a 5 minute bus ride, but it was nice that I didn't have to walk another 30 minutes on the hot driveway.
As I didn't have time to have even quick lunch today, I had a quick lunch at "stand-up" soba noodle stand at a station I changed trains.
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As I didn't have time to have even quick lunch today, I had a quick lunch at "stand-up" soba noodle stand at a station I changed trains.
In the second section, I'll post photos of flowers I found today. If you should be interested in the Japanese names please refer to the original report at:
http://www.yamareco.com/modules/yamareco/detail-944463.html
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http://www.yamareco.com/modules/yamareco/detail-944463.html

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Notes:(by tatsuca)
   I knew the weather would not be good, but I chose to hike today because it would not become so hot.

The course I hiked may not be very popular among many trails in this area, but I chose it because it has three small falls/cascades along the ascending trail, which might be nice as a destination during the hot season.

I had planned to skip Kan-hasshu-miharashi-dai if the temperature was high when I came to the branch, but luckily it was cloudy with occasional sprinkle in the morning and I could reach the view point. (Of course, the view wasn't good, but I didn't mind it. )

[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. (Because of the high humidity, it was much tougher than a hike in the normal condition.)
- Difficulty: Level 1. No need to scramble or to use hand.
- Unnerving?: Level 1. No points to be scary.
- Get lost? Level 2. Traces were not clear at some points on the descending path toward Shida, and there were many confusing branches in the woods with no open view, I recommend to use GPS rather than a map and a compass.
- Photogenic? Level 2. Not so rare ones, but there were many summer wildflowers along the trail. If the weather is good enough at the Miharashidai, the level could be 3.
- Come again? Level 2. Paved roads are long but still nice because most of the trail is through forests, but I probably won't choose the descending trail to Shida next time, because the driveway walk is longer and there were not many attractions.
Comments: The last ascent over Ohkuba toge pass was steeper than the SRMT-based map shown above. If you hike thinking the last section was easy downhill only, you might be mentally exhausted.

The original Log in Japanese is here.
http://www.yamareco.com/modules/yamareco/detail-944463.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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