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Mt. Mitake and Mt. Hinode in Okutama to find frost flowers ( Day Hike / Japan Okutama)

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Date:
17 Dec, 2016(Sat) [Day Trip]
Members: Weather:
Sunny, almost cloudless.


How to reach:
  Transport: Train Bus
To: JR Kori station on Ohme line
From: Local bus from Tsurutsuru Onsen spa BS to JR Musashi-Itsukaichi station. 20 min. ride, \400

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Route Details:
   8:39 Kori station
10:15 Mt. Ohtsuka
10:44 Mitake jinjya shrine
13:38 Mt. Hinode
12:24 Umenoki toge pass
12:58 Tsurutsuru Onsen spa facility.

Route Infomation:
   No dangerous spots.
I enjoyed the Japanese style public hot spa baths at Tsurutsuru Onsen facility.
* http://www.gotokyo.org/en/kanko/hinode/spot/10005.html

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I arrived at Kori station at 8:38. There were many passengers and the seats were almost full when it left Ohme, but only a dozen got off at this station.
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I arrived at Kori station at 8:38. There were many passengers and the seats were almost full when it left Ohme, but only a dozen got off at this station.
A "yama-grrl" girl-hiker was the only hiker going toward Mt. Ohtsuca.
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A "yama-grrl" girl-hiker was the only hiker going toward Mt. Ohtsuca.
When I looked down from the bridge, the riverbed was unexpectedly far. ^^;) (I have a slight fear of height.)
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When I looked down from the bridge, the riverbed was unexpectedly far. ^^;) (I have a slight fear of height.)
Tanzaburo, a famous local restaurant, was along this driveway.
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Tanzaburo, a famous local restaurant, was along this driveway.
The trailhead was at this corner to the right.
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The trailhead was at this corner to the right.
The trail was not steep, but steadily going up.
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The trail was not steep, but steadily going up.
9:30 The trail crossed a paved forest road. It is always somewhat disappointing when I find a driveway after some climb. ^^;)
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9:30 The trail crossed a paved forest road. It is always somewhat disappointing when I find a driveway after some climb. ^^;)
I passed a tree, the signboard said, this is a kind of sacred tree used to be respected by local residents.
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I passed a tree, the signboard said, this is a kind of sacred tree used to be respected by local residents.
Ice pillars grew from the ground, and this was a good sign as I wanted to find frost flowers today.
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Ice pillars grew from the ground, and this was a good sign as I wanted to find frost flowers today.
There was no one rested at a gazebo below the peak of Mt. Ohtuka.

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There was no one rested at a gazebo below the peak of Mt. Ohtuka.
10:17 I passed the peak of Mt. Ohtsuka.
I didn't sen any hikers except for the yama-girl until this point.
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10:17 I passed the peak of Mt. Ohtsuka.
I didn't sen any hikers except for the yama-girl until this point.
When I arrived at the ridge of Mt. Mitake, I could see Mt. Tsukuba to the east. There were many tourists and hikers walking on this ridge way.
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When I arrived at the ridge of Mt. Mitake, I could see Mt. Tsukuba to the east. There were many tourists and hikers walking on this ridge way.
At 10:39 I passed the big keyaki, Japanese zelkova, the symbol tree of this mountain.
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At 10:39 I passed the big keyaki, Japanese zelkova, the symbol tree of this mountain.
I walked up stone steps to the MItake shrine, and went into a traver path toward the Rock Garden.
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I walked up stone steps to the MItake shrine, and went into a traver path toward the Rock Garden.
I found many frost flowers along the walk way.
This was one of the main purposes of today's hike.

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I found many frost flowers along the walk way.
This was one of the main purposes of today's hike.
These are a kind of frost pillars, but they are formed by the water coming up through a stem of certain kind of plants.
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These are a kind of frost pillars, but they are formed by the water coming up through a stem of certain kind of plants.
It is said that the frost flowers on this mountain are formed by kameba-hikiokoshi, a member of Labiatae family.
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It is said that the frost flowers on this mountain are formed by kameba-hikiokoshi, a member of Labiatae family.
The place you can see them is "here"
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The place you can see them is "here"
As far as I know another place you can find many of these in this area is by Ohdke jinja shrine. along the trail at the foot of the peak of Mt. Ohdake.
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As far as I know another place you can find many of these in this area is by Ohdke jinja shrine. along the trail at the foot of the peak of Mt. Ohdake.
The temperature was around 3 degree-C. but it is said that the temperature must be a little below zero, and stayed long enough to the frost formed, but it shouldn't be too cold, because the water below the ground freezes.
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The temperature was around 3 degree-C. but it is said that the temperature must be a little below zero, and stayed long enough to the frost formed, but it shouldn't be too cold, because the water below the ground freezes.
After taking many photos, I turned around and hiked toward Mt. Hinode as I planned.
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After taking many photos, I turned around and hiked toward Mt. Hinode as I planned.
I saw Mt. Tsukuba again.
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I saw Mt. Tsukuba again.
The trail to Mt. Hinode is well walked.
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The trail to Mt. Hinode is well walked.
I walked through a shrine gate. This one is a gate to Mt. Mitake, so I walked "out" of it, actually.
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I walked through a shrine gate. This one is a gate to Mt. Mitake, so I walked "out" of it, actually.
I then merged into a ridge way near Shinonome lodge.
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I then merged into a ridge way near Shinonome lodge.
A car parked in front of it. I didn't know cars can come up to this ridge.
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A car parked in front of it. I didn't know cars can come up to this ridge.
11:33, I arrived at the peak of Mt. Hinode. About 30 hikers were taking rest.
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11:33, I arrived at the peak of Mt. Hinode. About 30 hikers were taking rest.
The view to the south is gorgeous from the peak.
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The view to the south is gorgeous from the peak.
The tip of the snow-covered peak of Mt. Fuji could also be seen from the peak.
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The tip of the snow-covered peak of Mt. Fuji could also be seen from the peak.
After a short rest, I resumed walking toward Umenoki-toge.
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After a short rest, I resumed walking toward Umenoki-toge.
I hoped to find more frost flowers along the way, but I couldn't.
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I hoped to find more frost flowers along the way, but I couldn't.
12:26 I arrived at Umenoki toge pass. The forest road to Ohme valley has been closed due to a landslide for some time.
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12:26 I arrived at Umenoki toge pass. The forest road to Ohme valley has been closed due to a landslide for some time.
I turned right toward Tsurutsuru Onsen spa. There were several bikers gathered at the pass. This forest road seems to be popular among bicyclers.
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I turned right toward Tsurutsuru Onsen spa. There were several bikers gathered at the pass. This forest road seems to be popular among bicyclers.
It was a long paved driveway walk to the Tsurutsuru Onsen spa
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It was a long paved driveway walk to the Tsurutsuru Onsen spa
I didn't see much wildflowers. This was one of the few I saw today. I think this is shirane-senkyuu.
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I didn't see much wildflowers. This was one of the few I saw today. I think this is shirane-senkyuu.
While walking down, I could see Mt. Hinode several times.
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While walking down, I could see Mt. Hinode several times.
These are called "winter-strawberries".
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These are called "winter-strawberries".
I arrived at Tsurutsuru-no-yu hot spring facility around 13:00
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I arrived at Tsurutsuru-no-yu hot spring facility around 13:00
As I planned, I took a bath, Japanese style onsen spa.
After a hike in cold temperature, it was comfortable and refreshing. ^^)
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As I planned, I took a bath, Japanese style onsen spa.
After a hike in cold temperature, it was comfortable and refreshing. ^^)
I also had a light lunch with beer. ^^;)
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I also had a light lunch with beer. ^^;)
I took a bus at 14:00 from the BS in front of the spa entrance.
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I took a bus at 14:00 from the BS in front of the spa entrance.
It was a 20 minute bus ride to JR Musahi-itsukaichi station.
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It was a 20 minute bus ride to JR Musahi-itsukaichi station.
At Hajima station, I had 20 minutes to change trains. so I had another quick lunch at a noodle stand. This was nice, too. ^^;)
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At Hajima station, I had 20 minutes to change trains. so I had another quick lunch at a noodle stand. This was nice, too. ^^;)
No relation to the hike, but I happened to find the sun rises at the end of Itsukaichi kaido street in Kichijoji, my hometown around the winter solstice. This could be called "diamond Itsukaichi Kaido" as we often call these views of sunrise or sunset like "Diamond Fuji"
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No relation to the hike, but I happened to find the sun rises at the end of Itsukaichi kaido street in Kichijoji, my hometown around the winter solstice. This could be called "diamond Itsukaichi Kaido" as we often call these views of sunrise or sunset like "Diamond Fuji"
  
Notes:(by tatsuca)
   As I heard frost flowers started to be seen in low mountains, I planned this hike to find them, but it is not sure if they grow even in a cold morning depending on various conditions as well as the air temperature, I included in the plan to visit a hot spring facility near Mr. Mitake.
* https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Frost_flower

Fortunately, I could find many ice flowers, and I enjoyed the Japanese style public hot spa baths at Tsurutsuru Onsen facility.
* http://www.gotokyo.org/en/kanko/hinode/spot/10005.html

[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 2 of 5. Not so tough.
- Difficulty: Level 1. There are no spots to use hand.
- Unnerving?: Level 1. No problem.
- Get lost? Level 2. The trails are very well maintained and the signs are clear, but there are many branches, a map would be necessary.
- Photogenic? Level 2. If you are not interested in frost flowers, the level could be 1.
- Come again? Level 2. There are many trails in this area, and I like wildflowers, and frost flowers, I'd come back again.
Comment: It is also nice that we can enjoy a light hike and a hot spring using public transportation.

Other hike reports in this area I posted are:
http://mountrec.com/modules/mtrec/detail-1099.html
http://mountrec.com/modules/mtrec/detail-1042.html
http://mountrec.com/modules/mtrec/detail-996.html
http://mountrec.com/modules/mtrec/detail-913.html
http://mountrec.com/modules/mtrec/detail-681.html

The original Log in Japanese is here.
http://www.yamareco.com/modules/yamareco/detail-1027023.html
If you should be interested in my other logs, please check
http://mountrec.com/modules/mtrec/userinfo-629-data.html

I hope my humble hiking reports could be of any help for your memorable stay in Japan. If you have any questions, please feel free to contact me through MountRec.
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