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Mt. Takao and Sengenyama park @ Fuchu ( Day Hike / Japan Takao)

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Date:
30 Apr, 2017(Sun) [Day Trip]
Members: Weather:
Sunny, almost cloudless


How to reach:
  Transport: Train Bus
To: Bus from JR Takao station to Hikage BS
From: Keio Takaosan-guchi
* got off at Higashi-fuchu and bus to Sengenyama-koen BS to visit Sengenyama Park

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Route Details:
   8:12 JR Takao station
* Bus for Kobotoke
8:25 Hitage BS
10:00 Mt. Shiroyama
* Avoid crowded Mt. Takao peak
12:20 Takaosanguchi

Route Infomation:
   No dangerous spots.

I stopped by at Sengenyama park near Fuchu to look for Musashino-kisuge flowers which only grow in this area.

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4/30 is the first Sunday of the Golden Week holidays, and there were incredibly many hikers at bus stops of JR Takao station.
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4/30 is the first Sunday of the Golden Week holidays, and there were incredibly many hikers at bus stops of JR Takao station.
Two extra buses added to the 8:12 scheduled bus for the hikers.
About 30 of them got off at Hikage BS.
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Two extra buses added to the 8:12 scheduled bus for the hikers.
About 30 of them got off at Hikage BS.
The stray cat at the nearby camp seemed to be annoyed with so many hikers today. Www.
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The stray cat at the nearby camp seemed to be annoyed with so many hikers today. Www.
I used a trail which passes 446P today.
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I used a trail which passes 446P today.
9:45 I passed a sign above Hikage Norikura peak.
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9:45 I passed a sign above Hikage Norikura peak.
When the trail merged a paved forest road, I could get a view toward Tokyo city area.
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When the trail merged a paved forest road, I could get a view toward Tokyo city area.
When I reached the peak of Mt. Shiroyama, I could see Mt. Fuji to the west.
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When I reached the peak of Mt. Shiroyama, I could see Mt. Fuji to the west.
Nice view beyond pink and white cherry blossoms.
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Nice view beyond pink and white cherry blossoms.
The resting place was not so crowded at this early hour yet.
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The resting place was not so crowded at this early hour yet.
I said hello to the wooden Tengu monument.
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I said hello to the wooden Tengu monument.
The temperature rose above 20, but it was bearable with low humidity and light breezes.
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The temperature rose above 20, but it was bearable with low humidity and light breezes.
I could see Mt. Fuji from Ichodaira terrace.
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I could see Mt. Fuji from Ichodaira terrace.
A little hazy, but a nice view.
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A little hazy, but a nice view.
As there were so many hikers, I decided to use a traversing trail to avoid the crowded peak of Mt. Takao.
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As there were so many hikers, I decided to use a traversing trail to avoid the crowded peak of Mt. Takao.
I used the route 3 toward Kazumidaira near the top cable station.
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I used the route 3 toward Kazumidaira near the top cable station.
And used a trail toward Takaosanguchi trailhead.
There were many hikers but much better than the route 1, the main street connecting the shrine and the peak of Mt. Takao.
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And used a trail toward Takaosanguchi trailhead.
There were many hikers but much better than the route 1, the main street connecting the shrine and the peak of Mt. Takao.
The trail went down at the backyard of a hospital.
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The trail went down at the backyard of a hospital.
I passes a groups of Jizo roadside guardians around 11:50
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I passes a groups of Jizo roadside guardians around 11:50
The signboard said, the route 6 is for upward walk only during the Golden Week holidays, due to so many hikers.
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The signboard said, the route 6 is for upward walk only during the Golden Week holidays, due to so many hikers.
The plaza in front of the base cable station was very crowded with family tourists. It's unbelievable they would all go up this small mountain.
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The plaza in front of the base cable station was very crowded with family tourists. It's unbelievable they would all go up this small mountain.
I had lunch at a noodle restaurant near Takaosanguchi station, but the noodles here were not so tasty as I heard.
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I had lunch at a noodle restaurant near Takaosanguchi station, but the noodles here were not so tasty as I heard.
The following are the flowers I saw today. I put up names in the original report in Japanese at:
https://www.yamareco.com/modules/yamareco/detail-1119717.html
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The following are the flowers I saw today. I put up names in the original report in Japanese at:
https://www.yamareco.com/modules/yamareco/detail-1119717.html

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I stopped by Sengenyama park near Higashi-Fuchu to see Musashino-kisuge flowers which only grow in this area.
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I stopped by Sengenyama park near Higashi-Fuchu to see Musashino-kisuge flowers which only grow in this area.
The kisuge-festival was held this week, but they say the peak of the flower was a week late this year.
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The kisuge-festival was held this week, but they say the peak of the flower was a week late this year.
But I could find several flowers open near the path.
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But I could find several flowers open near the path.
Also, many kinran orchids were blooming to my pleasant surprise. ^^)
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Also, many kinran orchids were blooming to my pleasant surprise. ^^)
The garden was the backside of the big Tama cemetery.
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The garden was the backside of the big Tama cemetery.
Mt. Sengen is only 79.6m above the sea level, but it has a nice signpost.
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Mt. Sengen is only 79.6m above the sea level, but it has a nice signpost.

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Notes:(by tatsuca)
   As we are in the Golden Week in Japan, roads and sight-seeing spots are expected to be very crowded. So I planned this short hike with an easy access from my place.

I also visited a small park in Fuchu, where an indigenous lily grows and blooms in early May.

It seems it was a little too early for the lily, but I found many beautiful kinran orchids blooming and I also found many flowers in Takao just 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. Relatively easy.
- Difficulty: Level 1. No place to use hands.
- Unnerving?: Level 1. There were no scary spots.
- Get lost? Level 2. The trail I used from Hikage BS to Mt. Shiroyama was not a major trail and there were few direction signs. The traces were clear, but you many need compass and a map. Other sections areetrails set by the park office and very well maintained.
- Photogenic? Level 3. There were various kinds of wildflowers all year round, and you can get a five view of Mt. Fuji if the weather permits.
- Come again? Level 3. I'd come back again, and again to enjoy various flowers.
- Comment: There are many trails in the area.
I attach my previous hike reports of this area for your information.
http://mountrec.com/modules/mtrec/detail-1148.html
http://mountrec.com/modules/mtrec/detail-1144.html
http://mountrec.com/modules/mtrec/detail-1111.html
http://mountrec.com/modules/mtrec/detail-1098.html
http://mountrec.com/modules/mtrec/detail-1091.html
http://mountrec.com/modules/mtrec/detail-1085.html
http://mountrec.com/modules/mtrec/detail-1040.html

The original Log in Japanese is here.
https://www.yamareco.com/modules/yamareco/detail-1119717.html
If you are interested in my other logs, please check
http://mountrec.com/modules/mtrec/userinfo-629-data.html

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