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Mt. Tanba-Denderio Autumn colors viewing hike. ( Day Hike / Japan Okutama)

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Date:
09 Nov, 2016(Wed) [Day Trip]
Members: Weather:
Sunny, couldless


How to reach:
  Transport: Bus Car/Motorcycle
To: Drove and parked at Michi-no-eki Tabayama, and used a local bus back to Oyagawa BS
From: Walked to Michi-no-eki Tabayama
* Time table for the bus between JR Okutama station and Tanba is here:
http://www.vill.tabayama.yamanashi.jp/access/bus20141001.html

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   Return by: Train, Car

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Route Details:
   8:40 Oyagawa BS
11:05 Tanba-Dendeiro
12:05 Sawora-toge pass
12:50 Sanno-zawa-norikoshi
13:22 Tanba bus stop
* Looking for a restaurant
13:57 Michno-eki Tabayama

Route Infomation:
   There are several traverse on a sandy/scree slope, but there should be no problem if you walk carefully.

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I parked at the parking space of Michi-no-eki Tabayama and took a local bus 5 bus stops back to Oyagawa BS.
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I parked at the parking space of Michi-no-eki Tabayama and took a local bus 5 bus stops back to Oyagawa BS.
I arrived at Oyagawa BS 8:40. The trail starts from the steps behind thd BS sign.
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I arrived at Oyagawa BS 8:40. The trail starts from the steps behind thd BS sign.
I could see the autumn colors on the slope of Mt. Tanba-dendeiro.
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I could see the autumn colors on the slope of Mt. Tanba-dendeiro.
The path was by small private houses, and merged with another path coming from the other direction. and switched back.
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The path was by small private houses, and merged with another path coming from the other direction. and switched back.
The leaves seemed to have started to change colors around this elevation.
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The leaves seemed to have started to change colors around this elevation.
The temperature was 8 degrees-C and the humidity was low, so when it breezed I felt a little chilly.
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The temperature was 8 degrees-C and the humidity was low, so when it breezed I felt a little chilly.
There was a house standing along the trail and someone seemed to be living. It was about 200m higher than the nearest road.
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There was a house standing along the trail and someone seemed to be living. It was about 200m higher than the nearest road.
They can see Mt. Nanatsuishi when they come out of their front door.
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They can see Mt. Nanatsuishi when they come out of their front door.
There was a water spring a little above the house.
The traverse beyond this spring was narrow and slippery by the crumbling soil.
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There was a water spring a little above the house.
The traverse beyond this spring was narrow and slippery by the crumbling soil.
Japanese larches turned reddish yellow.
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Japanese larches turned reddish yellow.
There was a ruin of a large house, or maybe a resting log for travelers of old time.
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There was a ruin of a large house, or maybe a resting log for travelers of old time.
When I reached the ridge it was broad and gentle slope toward Mt. Tanba-dendeiro. The ridge was broad and the trail was covered with fallen leaves, but the red tapes were helpful.
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When I reached the ridge it was broad and gentle slope toward Mt. Tanba-dendeiro. The ridge was broad and the trail was covered with fallen leaves, but the red tapes were helpful.
I found a large treeless spot, probably a marsh until some time ago. Dendeiro is not a common Japanese word, but some article says it means a flat place in mountain.
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I found a large treeless spot, probably a marsh until some time ago. Dendeiro is not a common Japanese word, but some article says it means a flat place in mountain.
The ridge toward Mt. Tnba-dendeiro was broad and gentle.
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The ridge toward Mt. Tnba-dendeiro was broad and gentle.
There were many young pine trees growing.
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There were many young pine trees growing.
There was a small shrine. Something was written on the board but I couldn't read it.
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There was a small shrine. Something was written on the board but I couldn't read it.
It seemed the autumn colors were at their best from here to Sawora toge.
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It seemed the autumn colors were at their best from here to Sawora toge.
11:04 Tanba-Dendeiro. There's no clear peak, but there was a branch sign.
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11:04 Tanba-Dendeiro. There's no clear peak, but there was a branch sign.
Maybe this flat open place is the dendeiro.
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Maybe this flat open place is the dendeiro.
There was a big Japanese larch forests. It seemed they fell leaves before fully turned red this year.
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There was a big Japanese larch forests. It seemed they fell leaves before fully turned red this year.
I could see the peak of Mt. Kumotori to my right.
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I could see the peak of Mt. Kumotori to my right.
Red leaves of maples were at their best around this elevation.
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Red leaves of maples were at their best around this elevation.
12:06 I arrived at Sawora toge pass. I turned left at this branch toward Tanba village.
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12:06 I arrived at Sawora toge pass. I turned left at this branch toward Tanba village.
The red leaves were beautiful along the descending trail
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The red leaves were beautiful along the descending trail
I found something over a tree.
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I found something over a tree.
It was the peak of Mt. Fuji. It looked like blowing very hard over there. I didn't think I could see Mt. Fuji from this trail, so this was a nice surprise.
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It was the peak of Mt. Fuji. It looked like blowing very hard over there. I didn't think I could see Mt. Fuji from this trail, so this was a nice surprise.
I like the composition. The trail became a little steep and rocky a little below Sawora toge.
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I like the composition. The trail became a little steep and rocky a little below Sawora toge.
The trees became before at their peak as I came down.
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The trees became before at their peak as I came down.
When I pased Sannozawa-norikoshi branch, the trail became wider through planted conifer forest.
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When I pased Sannozawa-norikoshi branch, the trail became wider through planted conifer forest.
13:03 I came down to a spot where I could see houses by the Ohme-kaido street. I didn't went down from here but walked back to the east.
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13:03 I came down to a spot where I could see houses by the Ohme-kaido street. I didn't went down from here but walked back to the east.
In 20 minutes, I came down to a trailhead near Tanba village office.
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In 20 minutes, I came down to a trailhead near Tanba village office.
I didn't go straight to the parking space I parked, but walked toward a visitor center where there restaurants are.
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I didn't go straight to the parking space I parked, but walked toward a visitor center where there restaurants are.
But they are closed today. They say they "basically" open all weekdays on their web page, but I wasn't lucky enough. ^^;)
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But they are closed today. They say they "basically" open all weekdays on their web page, but I wasn't lucky enough. ^^;)
As there are no restaurant around, I walked back to the parking space.
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As there are no restaurant around, I walked back to the parking space.
And reached Michino-Eki after a 20 minute walk. There is a restaurant in a hot spa facility nearby , but I visited it two weeks ago, so I decided to find another restaurant which I drove back.
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And reached Michino-Eki after a 20 minute walk. There is a restaurant in a hot spa facility nearby , but I visited it two weeks ago, so I decided to find another restaurant which I drove back.
I stopped by a restaurant in a visitor center building by Ogochi Dam site, but they were also closed on Wednesdays. I should have checked on the net.
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I stopped by a restaurant in a visitor center building by Ogochi Dam site, but they were also closed on Wednesdays. I should have checked on the net.
Slops of Mt. Gosen seemed to have changed colors compared to the last time I saw it two weeks ago.
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Slops of Mt. Gosen seemed to have changed colors compared to the last time I saw it two weeks ago.
I finally found a restaurant open near JR Mitake station. This soba noodles were special using whole buckwheat grains and they had very dark color.
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I finally found a restaurant open near JR Mitake station. This soba noodles were special using whole buckwheat grains and they had very dark color.
I also stopped by a famous Japanese cake shop and bought heso manjyu cakes for a souvenir. ^^)
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I also stopped by a famous Japanese cake shop and bought heso manjyu cakes for a souvenir. ^^)
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The rest of the photos are the ones I took during the hike.

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Notes:(by tatsuca)
   This trail is not so popular compared with other major trails, such as Mt. Kumotori, Mt. Gosen, and Mt. Ohdake, but I read nice reports about the autumn colors last year, so I planned this one.

Thanks to the fine weather, the autumn colors in the best timing were more gorgeous than I had expected.

[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. The ascending from Oyagawa BS and descending to Tanba and less tiring than the other way round because the ascending slope was gentler, I feel.
- Difficulty: Level 2. There was a short rocky slope with a rope below Sawora toge, but it was not very difficult.
- Unnerving?: Level 2. On top of the above rocky section, there were some traverse on crumbling soil on both ascending and descending ways, but they were not so dangerous or scary if you walk with care.
- Get lost? Level 2. The signs are clear, but trails on the broad Dendeiro ridge were covered with fallen leaves. Red tapes are attached to the tree trunks to show the trail.
- Photogenic? Level 4. Surrounded by higher mountains, there are not grand mountain views, but the autumn leaves are stunning.
- Come again? Level 3. I'll probably come again next year in the same autumn colors season.
Comment: The autumn colors between Tanba dendeiro and Sawora toge seems at their best this weekend. They'll move down on the ridge between Hoseno-Dendeiro and Tanba-Dendeiro next week.
* I found a hiker walked the same trail the day before saw black bears. It may be a good idea to walk in a group, or to carry a bear bell with you.

The original Log in Japanese is here.
http://www.yamareco.com/modules/yamareco/detail-1003507.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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