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Mt. Dodaira, Mt. Kasa and Okumusashi coutryside walk. ( Day Hike / Japan Okumusashi)

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Date:
25 Apr, 2017(Tue) [Day Trip]
Members: Weather:
Sunny, sunnier, sunniest.


How to reach:
  Transport: Train Bus
To: Bus from Ogawamachi station on Tobu & JR, to Shiraishishako.
http://new-wing.co.jp/rosen/higashichichibu/20161001time/1006.pdf
From: Kiridoshi BS to Ogawamachi station
http://new-wing.co.jp/rosen/higashichichibu/20161001time/5010.pdf

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   8:20 Ogawamachi BS
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8:55 Shiraishi Shako BS
10:15 Shiraishi toge
10:53 Mt. Dodaira
11:45 Mt. Kasa
12:10 Kuriyama Tozanguchi trailhead
13:22 Kiridoshi BS

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   There are no dangerous spots.
The driveway walk from Kuriyama Tozanguchi to Kiridoshi was hot under the sun and tiresome.

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I got on a bus from Ogawa-machi station at 8:20.
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I got on a bus from Ogawa-machi station at 8:20.
This was the only service to Shiraishi-shako in the morning after 6:46, which is too early for me.
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This was the only service to Shiraishi-shako in the morning after 6:46, which is too early for me.
And arrived at the Shiraishi-shako, the terminal at 8:55.
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And arrived at the Shiraishi-shako, the terminal at 8:55.
This place is one of three attractions in early spring around this village.
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This place is one of three attractions in early spring around this village.
But it seemed to be 2 weeks too late for the best season.
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But it seemed to be 2 weeks too late for the best season.
Rengyos were still in full bloom.
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Rengyos were still in full bloom.
Only few blossoms left on cherry trees.
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Only few blossoms left on cherry trees.
But there were still some flowers left.
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But there were still some flowers left.

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This one is Uguisu, a Japanese bush warbler, which is very popular. We hear the song as "Hooo! Hokyekyo!"
I attach a short video showing how she/he sings.
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This one is Uguisu, a Japanese bush warbler, which is very popular. We hear the song as "Hooo! Hokyekyo!"
I attach a short video showing how she/he sings.
This one is hojiro.
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This one is hojiro.
Camellia
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Camellia
There were many common wildflowers, too.
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There were many common wildflowers, too.

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There were fish in the river, too.
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There were fish in the river, too.

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I chose a trail to Shiraishi-toge todaty.
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I chose a trail to Shiraishi-toge todaty.

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The temperature was around 12, but it rose quickly as clouds went away.
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The temperature was around 12, but it rose quickly as clouds went away.
10:17 I arrived at Shiraishi-toge. I had used too much time taking pictures of flowers and birds.
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10:17 I arrived at Shiraishi-toge. I had used too much time taking pictures of flowers and birds.
I walked toward Mt. Kodaira.
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I walked toward Mt. Kodaira.

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I passed the transmission tower on Kengamine peak.
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I passed the transmission tower on Kengamine peak.

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And passed another below Mt. Dodaira.
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And passed another below Mt. Dodaira.

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10:54 I arrived at the peak of Mt. Dodaira, where a smalll astronomical observatory was.
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10:54 I arrived at the peak of Mt. Dodaira, where a smalll astronomical observatory was.
The peak commands a nice ope view, but it was hazy.
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The peak commands a nice ope view, but it was hazy.
11:15 I walked across a driveway at Kawayama-toge
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11:15 I walked across a driveway at Kawayama-toge

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I used a short cut from this signpost.
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I used a short cut from this signpost.
It was well maintained.
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It was well maintained.
11:35 I arrived at the west peak of Mt. Kasa. It didn't command a fine open view
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11:35 I arrived at the west peak of Mt. Kasa. It didn't command a fine open view

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The east peak was higher than the west one and there was a small shrine as often happens on a small mountain in countryside.
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The east peak was higher than the west one and there was a small shrine as often happens on a small mountain in countryside.
This peak didn't have a great view, either.
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This peak didn't have a great view, either.
I didn't take any rest and just kept walking down.
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I didn't take any rest and just kept walking down.

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And soon arrived at a small torii, where the trial met another driveway.
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And soon arrived at a small torii, where the trial met another driveway.

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The sunshine felt stronger on these driveways. [[sweat]]
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The sunshine felt stronger on these driveways. [[sweat]]

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There were new restrooms down the trailhead.
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There were new restrooms down the trailhead.

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This tree seemed to be selected as one of the old trees of the village.
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This tree seemed to be selected as one of the old trees of the village.
The scenery toward the adjacent ridge was nice.
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The scenery toward the adjacent ridge was nice.

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20 degrees! [[sweat]][[sweat]]
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20 degrees! [[sweat]][[sweat]]

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When I came down near the Kiridoshi BS, the driveway was like a park road.
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When I came down near the Kiridoshi BS, the driveway was like a park road.

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I arrived at Kiridohis intersection at 13:25
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I arrived at Kiridohis intersection at 13:25
The BS was in front of a small supermarket.
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The BS was in front of a small supermarket.
It was just a 10 minute bus ride to Ogawamachi station. I had late lunch at a soba noodle restaurant near the station.
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It was just a 10 minute bus ride to Ogawamachi station. I had late lunch at a soba noodle restaurant near the station.
This poster said the town council enacted an ordinance "to promote toasts with local Sake"
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This poster said the town council enacted an ordinance "to promote toasts with local Sake"
Out of respect for the drunk of the city, I ordered "toast set menu of soba noodles. "
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Out of respect for the drunk of the city, I ordered "toast set menu of soba noodles. "
Both the sake and noodles were very nice, actually.
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Both the sake and noodles were very nice, actually.

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There were other notable flowers I saw today.
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There were other notable flowers I saw today.

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Notes:(by tatsuca)
  



Kita-musashi area, also called Oku-Musashi, is on the vicinity of Kanto plain and has been thriving as a providing center of agriculture and forestry of the metropolitan area.
There aren't many high mountains, but there are many hiking trials for beginner or family hikers.

I planned this hike following a hiking report about wildflowers around Mt. Kasa.
I found iwauchiwa flowers, the biggest target of the hike successfully, and I also found many other popular wildflowers of the season. But, I hadn't expected that the road connected to the Kuriyama trailhead to the east of Mt. Kawa was completely paved like a driveway and that the temperature rose over 20 degrees before noon. The course wasn't so tough, but I was a little exhausted by the heat. ^^;)

[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. Most of the trail was on gentle slopes or paved driveway, so it wasn't so tough. but as the elevation of the area is relative low, it could be exhausting if the temperature is high.
- Difficulty: Level 1. No fixed ropes or chain. No scrambling is required.
- Unnerving?: Level 1. Some parts of the trail on the ridge were on cliffs, but it shouldn't pose any problem because the ridges were wide enough.
- Get lost? Level 2. Signs along the trail are well maintained, but you many need road maps because there are less sign in the residential quarters.
- Photogenic? Level 2. There weren't many exotic, alpine or sub-alpine plants found, but popular, common wildflowers are wild birds are abundant.
- Come again? Level 1. The trails before Mt. Kasa were nice, but the last 1/3 walk was on paved road with not much shades, so I would chose other trail for the last leg next time.
- Comment: There are not many bus services available to Shiraishi shako, so using a car is more convenient. If you start from Shiraishi shako walking west to Ashigakubo station on Seibu-chichibu line, or walking south east to Myokaku station on JR Hachiko line are alternatives. (Not many, but some bus services are available from Jikoji shrine to Myokaku station.

The original Log in Japanese is here.
https://www.yamareco.com/modules/yamareco/detail-1115394.html
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