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Mt. Nyukasa, Late Summer Flower Hike ( Day Hike / Japan South Alps)

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Date:
01 Sep, 2016(Thu) [Day Trip]
Members: Weather:
Sunny, occasional cloudy


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  Transport: Car/Motorcycle Cable/Ropeway
Parked at Fujimi Panorama Resort parking and used the rope way.
http://www.fujimipanorama.com/summer/

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   8:30 Rope way base station
* Rope way
8:52 Rope way summit station
9:05 Nyukasa marshland
10:22 Mt. Nyukasa
11:05 Ohabara marshland
11:55 Tei-zawa entrance trailhead
13:25 Rope way summit station

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   No difficult or dangerous spots.

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I arrived at the large parking space of Fujimi Panorama Resort around 8:10. This place is famous for its skiing ground in Winter.
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I arrived at the large parking space of Fujimi Panorama Resort around 8:10. This place is famous for its skiing ground in Winter.
BWT, the toilet by the parking is nice with the world renowned TOTO washlet.
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BWT, the toilet by the parking is nice with the world renowned TOTO washlet.
I used the rope way. The view of Mt. Yatsugatake was the bestof this day because clouds came out later in the morning.
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I used the rope way. The view of Mt. Yatsugatake was the bestof this day because clouds came out later in the morning.
From the mountain top station, I headed for Nyukasa marshland.
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From the mountain top station, I headed for Nyukasa marshland.
I found many wildflowers today.
If you are interested in the names, please check my original report at:
http://www.yamareco.com/modules/yamareco/detail-952504.html
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I found many wildflowers today.
If you are interested in the names, please check my original report at:
http://www.yamareco.com/modules/yamareco/detail-952504.html

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In 5 minutes, I turned left at this branch.
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In 5 minutes, I turned left at this branch.

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And in another five minutes, I came to a steel wire door of the fences that protect the marshland from deer and went into the marsh.
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And in another five minutes, I came to a steel wire door of the fences that protect the marshland from deer and went into the marsh.

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Umebachiso, grass-of-Parnassus. I saw similar ones in the Canadian Rocky about a month ago. ^^)
http://www.yamareco.com/modules/yamareco/detail-916454.html
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Umebachiso, grass-of-Parnassus. I saw similar ones in the Canadian Rocky about a month ago. ^^)
http://www.yamareco.com/modules/yamareco/detail-916454.html

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And akebonoso, swertia bimaculata.This was the one I wanted to see most in this hike.
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And akebonoso, swertia bimaculata.This was the one I wanted to see most in this hike.

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lobelia sessilifolia
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lobelia sessilifolia

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As I walked around the marsh nearly twice, it took me 30 minutes to look around this small marsh.
I headed for another wildflower fields at Goshodaira.
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As I walked around the marsh nearly twice, it took me 30 minutes to look around this small marsh.
I headed for another wildflower fields at Goshodaira.

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The flower field at Goshodaira trailhead looked like this.
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The flower field at Goshodaira trailhead looked like this.

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At the end of the flower field, the trail looked more like a mountain trail.
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At the end of the flower field, the trail looked more like a mountain trail.

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10:15 I arrived at the peak of Mt. Nyukasa.
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10:15 I arrived at the peak of Mt. Nyukasa.
The 360 degree view from the peak was famous, but there were clouds on the far mountains today.
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The 360 degree view from the peak was famous, but there were clouds on the far mountains today.
I could see Lake Suwa to the NW.
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I could see Lake Suwa to the NW.
The eight peaks of Mt. Yatsugatake were already covered with clouds.
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The eight peaks of Mt. Yatsugatake were already covered with clouds.
22 degrees-c 69%. Not so bad for this season.
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22 degrees-c 69%. Not so bad for this season.
After a short break, I resumed walking toward Ohabara marshland.
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After a short break, I resumed walking toward Ohabara marshland.
I found the akebonoso again by a stream near Kubikiri-shimizu.
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I found the akebonoso again by a stream near Kubikiri-shimizu.

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10:58 I arrived at the entrance of the trail by the parking space. (This parking/road is closed for tourists during the daytime in summer months. )
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10:58 I arrived at the entrance of the trail by the parking space. (This parking/road is closed for tourists during the daytime in summer months. )
I choose the east side trail this time.
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I choose the east side trail this time.
Well maintained, but there were not many wildflowers found along the path.
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Well maintained, but there were not many wildflowers found along the path.
I finally found some akebonosos near the end of the path.
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I finally found some akebonosos near the end of the path.
From Teizawa branch, I walked the trail along the Teizawa stream.
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From Teizawa branch, I walked the trail along the Teizawa stream.
I found aconites everywhere today.
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I found aconites everywhere today.
The stream was nice with small falls.
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The stream was nice with small falls.

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With a moving GIF.
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With a moving GIF.
11:57 I arrived at the other end of the trail at Teizawa trailhead.
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11:57 I arrived at the other end of the trail at Teizawa trailhead.

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The trees wore usneas.
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The trees wore usneas.

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There is a gazebo by the forest road.
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There is a gazebo by the forest road.
I could see the chuo-Alps to the west. The North Alps was in the cloud, though.
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I could see the chuo-Alps to the west. The North Alps was in the cloud, though.

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A small telescope is installed at Manaslu lodge.
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A small telescope is installed at Manaslu lodge.

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13:17 I arrived at the Yatsugatake viewing terrace,
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13:17 I arrived at the Yatsugatake viewing terrace,
The view was not perfect, but I should say this was good.
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The view was not perfect, but I should say this was good.
A dragonfly seemed stronger than a para-glider. www
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A dragonfly seemed stronger than a para-glider. www

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13:50 I came back to the parking lot.
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13:50 I came back to the parking lot.
I couldn't find soba noodle restaurant opened after two o'clock, but I finally found one, but soba was sold out. I ordered udon noodle version today. ^^;)
(Soba noodles shops around here made soba noodles by hand, so soba is sold out before 2 o'clock, the shop master said. )
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I couldn't find soba noodle restaurant opened after two o'clock, but I finally found one, but soba was sold out. I ordered udon noodle version today. ^^;)
(Soba noodles shops around here made soba noodles by hand, so soba is sold out before 2 o'clock, the shop master said. )
But luckily, when I got home, I found we got souvenir of soba noodles from Nagano using new soba flowers.
What a nice coincidence! [[scissors]]
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But luckily, when I got home, I found we got souvenir of soba noodles from Nagano using new soba flowers.
What a nice coincidence! [[scissors]]
  
Notes:(by tatsuca)
  


Mt. Nyukasa is one of the popular hiking destinations from Tokyo area. The 1,955m peak has a 360 view and easy to walk up if you use a gondola lift from Fujimi panarama resort base station. (The area is more popular as a ski resort with its easy access using Chuo Freeway.)

I usually don't visit the same trail so often, but this was my second visit this year, because I heard akebonoso a rare wildflower has started to bloom.

The weather wasn't so good to enjoy the full 360 degree view this time, but I successfully found akebonoso and even other unexpected wildflowers, which made me feel I would come back again in different season to find other rare wildflowers.

[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. (Mt. Nyukasa is easy but the walk through Tei-sawa and Kozaiwa ridge might be a little tiring.)
- Difficulty: Level 1. There was no spots to use hand.
- Unnerving?: Level 1. No problem.
- Get lost? Level 2. The Tei-sawa side of the walk might be a little confusing because there are intersections with forest roads, ranch roads, and driveways.
- Photogenic? Level 3. Wildflowers are rich. If the weather is good, the level could be 4.
- Come again? Level 3. The guidebook they distribute at the gondola station says there are wildflowers in other seasons: I'd probably come again to see some of them.

The original Log in Japanese is here.
http://www.yamareco.com/modules/yamareco/detail-952504.html
* The log for my previous visit here is:
http://mountrec.com/modules/mtrec/detail-1092.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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tokenzakai
Posted: 5 Sep, 2016 12:58 pm  Updated: 5 Sep, 2016 12:58 pm
Joined: 16 Jan, 2012
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 Mt. Nyukasa
Hi Tatsuca san,
I also have good impression on Mt. Nyukasa.
I visited Nyukasa 2015winter and 2016July.
In winter I could watch full viewing of Mt. Yatugatake, I thought it was lucky!
In summer I found many kind of alpine flower, however I envy you found Akebonosou .

I hope many person will visit MountRec, perhaps you think so.

(Yontou-Sankakuten)
tatsuca
Posted: 5 Sep, 2016 11:40 pm  Updated: 5 Sep, 2016 11:40 pm
Joined: 18 Jun, 2013
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 Thank you again, Yontou-Sankakuten-san
Since I have visited Mt. Nyukasa only in spring and summer, hiking this area in winter sounds interesting.
I feel I'd come back here this winter.

I once visited Zao in winter to see the snow monsters, but I was the only one on the gondola who didn't have skiing / snowboarding gears. (I only wore crampons. ^^;) Maybe I should plan a snowshoe hike and skiing when I visit here in winter.

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