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Mimami Takao & Jindai Botanical Garden walk. ( Day Hike / Japan Takao)

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Date:
04 May, 2017(Thu) [Day Trip]
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  Transport: Train Bus
To: Keio Takaosunguchi station
From: Bus from Club-mae BS to Hajimoto station.

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   10:30 Takaosanguchi
10:55 Junction to Irisawa trail
11:50 Nishiyamatoge-pass
12:15 Misawa toge pass
12:43 Mineno-yakushi promnade entrance
13:09 Club/curabu-mae BS
* bus 13:11 - 13:42 to Hashimoto-eki terminal BS

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   No dangerous spots.

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I knew any tourist destination was crowded during the Golden Week holidays, but Takaosan-guchi station was more crowded than I had thought with many family hikers with small children.
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I knew any tourist destination was crowded during the Golden Week holidays, but Takaosan-guchi station was more crowded than I had thought with many family hikers with small children.
I planned to take a bus to Umenoki-daira, which was the only bus service to the BS in the morning, but the bus didn't arrive after 15 minutes of the schedule.
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I planned to take a bus to Umenoki-daira, which was the only bus service to the BS in the morning, but the bus didn't arrive after 15 minutes of the schedule.
As the road in front of the station was jammed, so I decided to walk to Umenoki-daira.
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As the road in front of the station was jammed, so I decided to walk to Umenoki-daira.
It was just a 20 minute walk to the branch to the trailhead, and the bus didn't pass me even after 50 minutes of its schedule time. I should have started to walk, instead of waiting for the bus during the GW.
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It was just a 20 minute walk to the branch to the trailhead, and the bus didn't pass me even after 50 minutes of its schedule time. I should have started to walk, instead of waiting for the bus during the GW.
The first 15 minute walk was on a paved driveway along Irisawagawa stream.
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The first 15 minute walk was on a paved driveway along Irisawagawa stream.
Then the main driveway branch to the right toward a famous restaurant.
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Then the main driveway branch to the right toward a famous restaurant.
Soon the trail became narrow and unpaved.
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Soon the trail became narrow and unpaved.
Niriso grew in clusters here and there along the Irisawa stream.
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Niriso grew in clusters here and there along the Irisawa stream.
Kanokoso, too.
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Kanokoso, too.
11:47 I arrived at Nishiyama toge pass.
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11:47 I arrived at Nishiyama toge pass.
Azaleas were blooming on the ridge.
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Azaleas were blooming on the ridge.
I turned right toward Tsukuiko lake today.
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I turned right toward Tsukuiko lake today.
12:20 I passed a TV antenna.
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12:20 I passed a TV antenna.
And a steel door.
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And a steel door.
There was an old building relating to Mineno-yakushi shrine.
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There was an old building relating to Mineno-yakushi shrine.
The view from this point was the best of today's course.
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The view from this point was the best of today's course.
Soon I came to another shrine building.
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Soon I came to another shrine building.
And came down the steps into a driveway.
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And came down the steps into a driveway.
I could see small mountains of Tanzawa to the south.
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I could see small mountains of Tanzawa to the south.
Passed Mii bridge.
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Passed Mii bridge.
And arrived at Crabu-mae BS at 13:09. A bus to Hashimoto station arrived in a couple of minutes. It runs several times per hour.
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And arrived at Crabu-mae BS at 13:09. A bus to Hashimoto station arrived in a couple of minutes. It runs several times per hour.
I happened to find a wagtail from the bus window.
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I happened to find a wagtail from the bus window.
I had late lunch at a soba noodle restaurant near Hashimoto station.
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I had late lunch at a soba noodle restaurant near Hashimoto station.
And got on a Keio train after lunch.
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And got on a Keio train after lunch.
I then visited Jindaji botanical garden, using a bus from Chofu station.
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I then visited Jindaji botanical garden, using a bus from Chofu station.
I didn't know but there was a nice exhibition of rare wildflowers held during the GW.
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I didn't know but there was a nice exhibition of rare wildflowers held during the GW.
These are some of the pictures of them. This is called shikotan-so, only found in Hokaido in Japan. I happened to see them last summer when I visited Canada in a group tour.
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These are some of the pictures of them. This is called shikotan-so, only found in Hokaido in Japan. I happened to see them last summer when I visited Canada in a group tour.

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I also walked around in the large garden.
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I also walked around in the large garden.
Ebine orchids were the main target of my visit today, but it became a little shabby after looking at the rare ones.
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Ebine orchids were the main target of my visit today, but it became a little shabby after looking at the rare ones.

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I came back to the exhibition. This is one of highly endangered wildflowers, class IA the poster said.
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I came back to the exhibition. This is one of highly endangered wildflowers, class IA the poster said.
This one was also IA.
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This one was also IA.
This was IB, less endangered, but rare.
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This was IB, less endangered, but rare.
IB.
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IB.
After this photo, I put up wildflowers I saw during the Minami takao hike. If you should be interested in the Japanese names, please check my original report in Japanese. Simple translation works on the site.
https://www.yamareco.com/modules/yamareco/detail-1126281.html

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After this photo, I put up wildflowers I saw during the Minami takao hike. If you should be interested in the Japanese names, please check my original report in Japanese. Simple translation works on the site.
https://www.yamareco.com/modules/yamareco/detail-1126281.html

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Notes:(by tatsuca)
   For the second hike in the Golden Week, I chose Mt. Takao again, but in the southern part to avoid the crowd of the main street from Takaosanguchi and the peak of Mt. Takao.

As the length of the hike was short, I started late hoping I could use a bus from Takaosanguchi BS to Uminoki-daira, to avoid a 1.8km driveway walk.

Unfortunately, unexpectedly, the road was so crowded and jammed that the bus didn't arrive after 15 minutes of the schedule time. So I gave up the ride and walked.
I arrived at the BS near the junction to the trailheal in 20 minutes, but the bus didn't catch up me. I've learned I should have planned to walk instead of waiting for a short bus ride in the GW. ^^;)

* After the hike, I visited Jindai shokubutsu koen in Chofu. The botanical garden is large and there are many plants including wildflowers planted. Also the wildflower exhibition held during the GW was superb with rare, exotic wildflowers including endangered ones I've never seen and will never see again.
https://www.tokyo-park.or.jp/park/format/index045.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 1 of 5. Easy. A little too short for an independent hike.
- Difficulty: Level 1. No place to use hands.
- Unnerving?: Level 1. There were no scary spots.
- Get lost? Level 2. The traces and signs were very clear all the way, but a map or a GPS navigator would be recommended as there were many branches.
- Photogenic? Level 2. There's no grand mountain view or Mt. Fuji on today's course, but wildflowers are rich.
- Come again? Level 2. The trail I walked was too short, but I'd come back in this area for a longer hike to see flowers in other seasons.
- Comment: As there are so many trails in the area, I attach my previous hike reports of this area for your information.
http://mountrec.com/modules/mtrec/detail-1166.html
http://mountrec.com/modules/mtrec/detail-1157.html
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-1126281.html
If you are 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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Comments
tokenzakai
Posted: 6 May, 2017 9:21 am  Updated: 6 May, 2017 9:21 am
Joined: 16 Jan, 2012
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Hi,Tatsuca-san
I went to Mount Takao on May 4.
Maybe I arrived at Takaosan-guti station same time as you did, by chance.
As you mentioned the bus was late by traffic jam.
You gave up the bus and walked, but I waited the bus.
As a result, I arrived Yamasita BS 50 minutes later as a schedule. Your judgment was right.

On the day I walked through Nishiyama Pass, Nakazawa Pass and coming back to Yamashita BS.

And then, I was able to know the Jindai botanical garden (Jindai shokubutsu koen) from your information and went today (on May6).
Then I found many rare wildflowers at exhibition
I thank for reporting.

(Yontousankakuten)
tatsuca
Posted: 6 May, 2017 9:40 am  Updated: 6 May, 2017 9:40 pm
Joined: 18 Jun, 2013
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Posts: 34
 Thank you for your comment.
You did?!
I though this plan was a good one to avoid high way and train jams, but the jam in front of Takaosanguchi was really unexpected. It was just a 25 minute walk, so I was a little disappointed at my misjudgment that I hadn't started to walk earlier. ^^;)

Anyway, it was a nice walk on the whole, and I'm glad you enjoyed watching flowers at Jindai botanical garden.

Thank you again for you comment. ^^:)

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