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Mt. Mitake in Okutama ( Day Hike / Japan Okutama)

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Date:
02 Feb, 2017(Thu) [Day Trip]
Members: Weather:
Sunny, cold. The forecast low temperature was -2 degree-c.


How to reach:
  Transport: Train Bus
To: Bus from JR Musashi-Itsukaichi to Kamiyozawa
From: JR Kori on Okutama line.

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Route Details:
   8:17 Bus from JR Musashi-Itsukaichi
8:45 Arrived at Kami-Yozawa BS, terminal.
9:45 Nanayo-no-taki
10:10 Rock Garden entrance
11:00 Mitake Shrine
12:25 Mitakesan tozanguchi trailhead at Kori
* Lunch at a noodle restaurant
13:15 JR Kori station

Route Infomation:
   No dangerous spots.
Some snow left in Rock Garden. Light crampons, or chain spikes might be necessary when snow freezes.

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I arrived at Musashi-Itsukaichi around 8:00.
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I arrived at Musashi-Itsukaichi around 8:00.
There was a wagtail walking around the bus stop. He looked like always getting breakfast at this spot.
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There was a wagtail walking around the bus stop. He looked like always getting breakfast at this spot.
The small bus left the station 8:17 was just full with passengers, half of them were school girls.
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The small bus left the station 8:17 was just full with passengers, half of them were school girls.
The passengers got off twos and threes, and when three rock-climber looking guys got off near the terminal BS, I was the only passenger to the Kami-yozawa terminal.
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The passengers got off twos and threes, and when three rock-climber looking guys got off near the terminal BS, I was the only passenger to the Kami-yozawa terminal.
I started walking around 8:45 on a paved forest road.
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I started walking around 8:45 on a paved forest road.
I found small icicles along the road.
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I found small icicles along the road.
There was a spot where water froze like black-ice, but other than this spot the surface was dry all the way.
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There was a spot where water froze like black-ice, but other than this spot the surface was dry all the way.
9:32 I came to the end of the paved road. A car was parking in front of the blockage.
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9:32 I came to the end of the paved road. A car was parking in front of the blockage.
In ten minutes, I came to the end of the forest road. The trail branched off to the right at this spot.
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In ten minutes, I came to the end of the forest road. The trail branched off to the right at this spot.
The trail soon merged with another from Nagao-daira.
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The trail soon merged with another from Nagao-daira.
And I arrived at Nanayo-no-taki fall. I haven't seen anyone from the beginning of this hike even at this popular spot.
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And I arrived at Nanayo-no-taki fall. I haven't seen anyone from the beginning of this hike even at this popular spot.
I had hoped that I could see a partly frozen fall and icicles around the fall but there was very little ice around the fall.
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I had hoped that I could see a partly frozen fall and icicles around the fall but there was very little ice around the fall.
I walked up the steel steps to Tangu-iwa rock.
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I walked up the steel steps to Tangu-iwa rock.
And soon arrived at Tengu-iwa, a small rock where tourists can do petite rock-climbing, but there was no one around, either.
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And soon arrived at Tengu-iwa, a small rock where tourists can do petite rock-climbing, but there was no one around, either.
I walked down to the Rock Garden where small stream makes nice gorge views. Today some snow left and froze hard at the bottom, so I wore chain-spikes.
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I walked down to the Rock Garden where small stream makes nice gorge views. Today some snow left and froze hard at the bottom, so I wore chain-spikes.
But soon the snow disappeared., so I put them off.
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But soon the snow disappeared., so I put them off.
And came back again. I didn't put on them, but I found this part is a little worse than the first one.
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And came back again. I didn't put on them, but I found this part is a little worse than the first one.
Ayahiro-no-taki fall looked liked this.
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Ayahiro-no-taki fall looked liked this.
I passed a resting lodge at the branch of the main trail between Mt. Mitake and Mt. Ohdake around 10:32.
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I passed a resting lodge at the branch of the main trail between Mt. Mitake and Mt. Ohdake around 10:32.
When I walked back toward Mt. Mitake a couple of minutes, I found a newly built rest rooms.
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When I walked back toward Mt. Mitake a couple of minutes, I found a newly built rest rooms.
The snow on the main trail was almost melted, and the worst place looked like this.
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The snow on the main trail was almost melted, and the worst place looked like this.
The frost pillars from the ground were left on the shadowy side.
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The frost pillars from the ground were left on the shadowy side.
I heard some birds, but I could only take photos of this Shijukara. a common tit.

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I heard some birds, but I could only take photos of this Shijukara. a common tit.
And the only colorful wildflower I saw was these red buds of wild strawberries.
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And the only colorful wildflower I saw was these red buds of wild strawberries.
A tea house at Nagao-daira seemed to open, but there was no hiker around.
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A tea house at Nagao-daira seemed to open, but there was no hiker around.
I had thought, probably it was hard to find today. but I found some frost flowers I found them a month ago.
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I had thought, probably it was hard to find today. but I found some frost flowers I found them a month ago.
Along the traverse of Mt. Mitake, below Mitake shrine.
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Along the traverse of Mt. Mitake, below Mitake shrine.
They all were smaller than a month ago, but still nice to see them.
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They all were smaller than a month ago, but still nice to see them.

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I saw a hiker at the stone steps to Mitake shrine. I saw several other shrine worshippers but she was the only hiker I saw during the hike.
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I saw a hiker at the stone steps to Mitake shrine. I saw several other shrine worshippers but she was the only hiker I saw during the hike.
The temperature "rose" a little to 0.0 degree-c. ^^;)
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The temperature "rose" a little to 0.0 degree-c. ^^;)
Water in a drinking bowl for pets froze hard.
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Water in a drinking bowl for pets froze hard.
I walked by the famous big old zelkova tree.กก
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I walked by the famous big old zelkova tree.กก
And branched off toward Mt. Ohtsuka.
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And branched off toward Mt. Ohtsuka.
I didn't go to the peak today. The huge frost pillars as long as 15 cm lifted the surface of the traverse. It would become terribly muddy when they melt.
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I didn't go to the peak today. The huge frost pillars as long as 15 cm lifted the surface of the traverse. It would become terribly muddy when they melt.
I walked on a sunny ridge trail toward Kori station.
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I walked on a sunny ridge trail toward Kori station.
"daddy longlegs" ^^)
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"daddy longlegs" ^^)
The trail was well maintained, but it was treacherous because hard ice lied beneath the fallen leaves at several spots.
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The trail was well maintained, but it was treacherous because hard ice lied beneath the fallen leaves at several spots.
11:55 I walked across a forest road.
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11:55 I walked across a forest road.
12:25 I reached a driveway where Mitakesan trailhead is.
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12:25 I reached a driveway where Mitakesan trailhead is.
One of the main objectives of this hike was this noodle restaurant.
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One of the main objectives of this hike was this noodle restaurant.
Tanzaburo is one of the best noodle restaurant in Okutama area, and I'd wanted to visit here.
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Tanzaburo is one of the best noodle restaurant in Okutama area, and I'd wanted to visit here.
13:13 Kori station is about a 10-minute walk from the restaurant.
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13:13 Kori station is about a 10-minute walk from the restaurant.

I had plenty of time for the next 13:26 train.
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I had plenty of time for the next 13:26 train.
  
Notes:(by tatsuca)
   I planned this hike primarily to visit a noodle restaurant near JR Kori station, because the restaurant said to serve one of the best soba noodles in the area. So I added two objectives to the plan; the one is ice pillars in Mitake Rock Garden gorge, and the other is frost flowers near Mt. Mitake.

The result was, I couldn't find any ice pillars in Rock Garden, but I could find some small frost flowers and the noodles were as nice as 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 2 of 5. The ascending trail was mostly a gentle forest road, so it wasn't so tough.
- Difficulty: Level 1. No place to use hands.
- Unnerving?: Level 1. There were no scary spots.
- Get lost? Level 2. The trails and signs are well maintained, but there are many branches, so some map would be necessary.
- Photogenic? Level 2. If I couldn't find any frost flowers, the level would be 1.
- Come again? Level 1. If there are no ice pillars in the gorge, this trail was not so recommendable in winter season.
- Comment: Tanzaburo restaurant was in a big old farmer's house, so it might be interesting to visit if you haven't seen one.

The original Log in Japanese is here.
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