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Mt. Mitake, looking for Iwauchiwa flowers ( Day Hike / Japan Okutama )

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Date:
13 Apr, 2017(Thu) [Day Trip]
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Sunny, later with some clouds


How to reach:
  Transport: Train Bus
To: Bus from JR Musahi-Itsukaishi station to Ohdake-shonyudo-iriguchi BS 20 minutes
From: JR Kori station



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   8:40 Ohdake-shonyudo-iriguchi BS
10:15 Mt. Takaiwa
11:02 Branch at Akuba toge pass
12:20 Mt. Ohtsuka
13:20 the Head of Koizawa buttress rock.
13:40 Tetsugoro-shindo trailhead
14:02 JR Kori station

Route Infomation:
   Sarugi-one ridge from Ohdake-shonyudo-iriguchi BS is relatively well maintained with signs and clear traces. Tetsugoro-shido trail from Mt. Ohtsuda to Kori was less maintained, but there were unexpectedly many hikers today looking for the iwauchiwa flowers.

There is one tricky spot if you use Tetsugoro-shindo to use upward hike, where the traverse trail to the left is not clear and the trace can lead to the step that needs a scary scrambling on a steep slope. It's not so dangerous for average hikers, but for small kids or senior hikers, I recommend to use the traverse. (More explanation in the photo section)

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I took a bus from JR Musashi-Itsukaichi around 8:15.
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I took a bus from JR Musashi-Itsukaichi around 8:15.
The bus arrived at Ohdake-shonyudo-iriguchi BS around 8:40.
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The bus arrived at Ohdake-shonyudo-iriguchi BS around 8:40.
The trail started from the right side of this small shrine building.
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The trail started from the right side of this small shrine building.
The beginning of the trail was the steepest on this side of the trail.
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The beginning of the trail was the steepest on this side of the trail.
It looked like this from the above.
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It looked like this from the above.
The slope was not so steep as the beginning, but so not gentle.
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The slope was not so steep as the beginning, but so not gentle.
And there were some stony sections.
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And there were some stony sections.
9:50 I arrived at the first small peak p.809.
I could see Mt. Hinode for the first time in this hike.
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9:50 I arrived at the first small peak p.809.
I could see Mt. Hinode for the first time in this hike.
I passed Mt. Takaiwa around 10:15. There wasn't a good open view.
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I passed Mt. Takaiwa around 10:15. There wasn't a good open view.
I heard several kinds of bird singing, but I could only see these titmice.
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I heard several kinds of bird singing, but I could only see these titmice.
I arrived at a viewing gazebo at Kami-Takaiwa. It commands a nice open view but the haze was thick and I couldn't see far mountains.
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I arrived at a viewing gazebo at Kami-Takaiwa. It commands a nice open view but the haze was thick and I couldn't see far mountains.
But I could see Mt. Mitake.
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But I could see Mt. Mitake.
And Mt. Ohdake on the other side.
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And Mt. Ohdake on the other side.
An akataheha butterfly.
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An akataheha butterfly.
The trail continued to go up.
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The trail continued to go up.
I arrived at a branch of the main street between Mt. Mitake and Mt. Ohdake, and Sarugi-one ridge I had walked.
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I arrived at a branch of the main street between Mt. Mitake and Mt. Ohdake, and Sarugi-one ridge I had walked.
I turned right toward Mt. Mitake. The trail went down toward Mt. Mitake.
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I turned right toward Mt. Mitake. The trail went down toward Mt. Mitake.
The temperature was around 5 degrees, but it was warm in the sunshine.
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The temperature was around 5 degrees, but it was warm in the sunshine.
I passed the resting hut at the branch to Rock-garden around 11:20.
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I passed the resting hut at the branch to Rock-garden around 11:20.
Ruri-tateha.
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Ruri-tateha.
Tengu-cho.
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Tengu-cho.
I passed Nagao-daira around 11:46.
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I passed Nagao-daira around 11:46.
And steps to Mitake shrine.
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And steps to Mitake shrine.
Wnet through the market street of the Mitake shrine.
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Wnet through the market street of the Mitake shrine.
Passed the big keyaki tree, which is one of the land marks in Mt. Mitake
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Passed the big keyaki tree, which is one of the land marks in Mt. Mitake
12:20 I arrived at the peak of Mt. Ohtsuka.
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12:20 I arrived at the peak of Mt. Ohtsuka.
Tetsugoro-shindo trail was the west sode along the fence of this antenna.
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Tetsugoro-shindo trail was the west sode along the fence of this antenna.
This trail isn't popular and it is marked with a dotted-line on most hiking guidebooks. The traces were not clear, but there were many hikers coming up today probably after viewing iwauchiwa flowers.
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This trail isn't popular and it is marked with a dotted-line on most hiking guidebooks. The traces were not clear, but there were many hikers coming up today probably after viewing iwauchiwa flowers.
When I came to the peak of Mt. Hirosawa, I unexpectedly found nearly 40 hikers, probably a group, were taking a lunch break. I think so many hikers are only during the iwauchiwa season.
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When I came to the peak of Mt. Hirosawa, I unexpectedly found nearly 40 hikers, probably a group, were taking a lunch break. I think so many hikers are only during the iwauchiwa season.
The trail was on steep slopes after the peak.
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The trail was on steep slopes after the peak.
There was a tricky traverse. The trail seems to go straight when it is used in an upward hike, but there is a traverse to the left.
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There was a tricky traverse. The trail seems to go straight when it is used in an upward hike, but there is a traverse to the left.
When it is used in downward hike, the traverse can be seem on the right side of a big rock, but the straight traces should go down to the left of the rock, where there is little foot space on a cliff.
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When it is used in downward hike, the traverse can be seem on the right side of a big rock, but the straight traces should go down to the left of the rock, where there is little foot space on a cliff.
Once again from the upward hike view, the traverse is about 10 meter from this fallen tree. It might not be so dangerous for average hikers, but if you have a fear of heights, I recommend to use the traverse.
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Once again from the upward hike view, the traverse is about 10 meter from this fallen tree. It might not be so dangerous for average hikers, but if you have a fear of heights, I recommend to use the traverse.
When I came down to the head of Koizawa buttress, a famous multi-pitch rock climbing crag, a climber was about to climb down. I would never do this and bungee- jumps. [[sweat]]

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When I came down to the head of Koizawa buttress, a famous multi-pitch rock climbing crag, a climber was about to climb down. I would never do this and bungee- jumps. [[sweat]]
There was a small hut for stone guardians. The trail is a dead-end ahead of this thing.
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There was a small hut for stone guardians. The trail is a dead-end ahead of this thing.
I turned back and turned right through this torii gate.
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I turned back and turned right through this torii gate.
The trail was maintained but narrow at some sections on steep slopes. It seemed to be troublesome when you pass a group of hikers.
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The trail was maintained but narrow at some sections on steep slopes. It seemed to be troublesome when you pass a group of hikers.
I came to a residential road around 13:40, finally.
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I came to a residential road around 13:40, finally.
And walked over the Suntei bridge.
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And walked over the Suntei bridge.
And soon I reached a major driveway, Ohme kaido.
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And soon I reached a major driveway, Ohme kaido.
I was in time for the 14:11 train.
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I was in time for the 14:11 train.
As I changed the trains, I went out of Ohme station to visit Baiganji temple to see the famous cherry trees.
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As I changed the trains, I went out of Ohme station to visit Baiganji temple to see the famous cherry trees.
It was just a 5 minute walk from the station.
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It was just a 5 minute walk from the station.
There were a couple of big weeping cherry trees blooming beautifully.
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There were a couple of big weeping cherry trees blooming beautifully.
I hurriedly came back to catch the next express.
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I hurriedly came back to catch the next express.
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I post pictures of flowers I took today.

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Notes:(by tatsuca)
   I read some reports that iwauchiwa, or shortia, flowers started to bloom around Mt. Mitake, so I planned this one.

There are several large iwauchiwa fields around Mt. Mitake, and Tetsugoro-shindo trail and Sarugi-one ridge are well known. This time, I started hiking from the south trailhead of Sarugi-one and ended at the north trailhead of Tetsugoro-shindo trail.

The flowers on the lower field of Sarugi-one was full bloom, but it would take another week for the flowers on the upper filed. The fields along Tetsugoro-shindo trail were almost full bloom and I really enjoyed them.

I heard the Tetsugoro-shindo was less walked and the traces were not clear, but there were many hikers today and there was no need to follow thin traces.

[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. Not so easy, but not so tough, either.
- Difficulty: Level 2. There were no difficult spots but there were many spots that may need to use hand to keep balance.
- Unnerving?: Level 2. There were some rocky section on the Sarugi-one ridge, and some narrow traverse trail on relatively steep slope on Tetsugoro-shindo trail, but they were not so unnerving. However, as I mentioned in the photo section, there was one rock that hikers may miss the traverse trail which is safer on Tetsugoro-shindo.
- Get lost? Level 2. There were many hikers during iwauchiwa season, but if you visit here in other season, traces of Tetsugoro-shindo might not be clear.
- Photogenic? Level 2. There were no grand open views along the trail, but if you are flower lovers, you can find many kinds of wildflowers as well as the iwauchiwa.
- Come again? Level 2. As a wildflower lover, I think I'd come back next year.
- Comment: If you walk from Kori station to Ohdake-shonyudo-iriguchi BS, from north to south, there were only a few bus services per day at Ohdake-shonyudo-irigushi BS. You need to be careful about the bus schedule.
http://bus.ekitan.com/rosen/Rp800?t=0&b=310327&b3=0&r2=2&s=3&n=0&f=0&com=31&cn=%90%BC%93%8C%8B%9E%83o%83X
* If you have stronger legs, you can bag Mt. Ohdake and also visit Rock Garden before going to Tetsugoro-shindo trail.

The original Log in Japanese is here.
https://www.yamareco.com/modules/yamareco/detail-1103888.html
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