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Mt. Mitsutoge & flower gardens near Fujinomiya ( Day Hike / Japan Fuji-Yoshida )

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Date:
08 May, 2017(Mon) [Day Trip]
Members: Weather:
Sunny, cloudless.


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Parked at a free parking at Kanaga-kubo trailhead.
There were free parking spaces at Kumagaiso garden at Kumami, and Tozan-no-sato in Nishikatsura.
* Kumagaiso garden in Kurami:
http://www.yamanashi-kankou.jp/nishikatsura/event/kumagaisou.html
* Tozan-no-sato
http://touzannosato.com/

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Route Details:
   8:05 parking at Kanaga-kubo trailhead
9:30 Mt. Mitsutoge
10:38 Eighty-eight Daishi stone guardians
12:07 parking at Kanaga-kubo trailhead

Route Infomation:
   The section from Mt. Mitsutoge and Eighty-eight Daishi stone guardians was partly rough due to falling rocks and ground. You may need to watch out both the falling rocks and foot steps.

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I planned this hike to look for wildflowers at three places. The first place was Mt. Mitsutoge.
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I planned this hike to look for wildflowers at three places. The first place was Mt. Mitsutoge.
I could find the main target of today's hike kumoi-kosakura in Mitsutoge.
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I could find the main target of today's hike kumoi-kosakura in Mitsutoge.

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I found them at a ragged slope down the Boybu-iwa rock.
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I found them at a ragged slope down the Boybu-iwa rock.
Anyway, I started from Kanegokubo paring at 8:05.
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Anyway, I started from Kanegokubo paring at 8:05.
Looks like a Narcissus Flycatcher.
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Looks like a Narcissus Flycatcher.

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It was 14 degrees in the morning, but when I came down it was nearly 25 degrees. [[sweat]]
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It was 14 degrees in the morning, but when I came down it was nearly 25 degrees. [[sweat]]
Chickadees
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Chickadees
She looked like a female narcissus flycatcher.
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She looked like a female narcissus flycatcher.
I came to the branch between Mt. Mitsugot and Mt. Osutaka around 9:15
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I came to the branch between Mt. Mitsugot and Mt. Osutaka around 9:15
I fiisrt visited a place near Mt. Osutaka where I found a rare orchid last year. I put up the photo below.
I could see Mt. Fuji without a cloud from the col.
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I fiisrt visited a place near Mt. Osutaka where I found a rare orchid last year. I put up the photo below.
I could see Mt. Fuji without a cloud from the col.
And came back to Mt. Mitsutoge.
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And came back to Mt. Mitsutoge.
There was no one else when I came to the peak, but a group of senior hikers came up after 10 minutes.
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There was no one else when I came to the peak, but a group of senior hikers came up after 10 minutes.
This was my fourth visit here, but the first time I got this picture-perfect cloudless view of Mt. Fuji.
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This was my fourth visit here, but the first time I got this picture-perfect cloudless view of Mt. Fuji.

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I could see Mt. Kitadake and Mt. Ainodake, the second and third highest mountains in Japan.
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I could see Mt. Kitadake and Mt. Ainodake, the second and third highest mountains in Japan.
And these were the Hou-ou three mountains.
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And these were the Hou-ou three mountains.
And I could also see peaks of Yatsugatake in the distance to the right.
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And I could also see peaks of Yatsugatake in the distance to the right.
Moutain names by a software.
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Moutain names by a software.
And an evidence picture I got this grand view. ^^;)
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And an evidence picture I got this grand view. ^^;)
Panoramic picture to the left.
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Panoramic picture to the left.
Mt. Mishotai seems to stand out.
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Mt. Mishotai seems to stand out.
An official marker of Japanese Geological Survey Institute.
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An official marker of Japanese Geological Survey Institute.
Then I came down a steep slope from Shiki rakuen lodge to Byobuiwa rock.
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Then I came down a steep slope from Shiki rakuen lodge to Byobuiwa rock.
I finally found several wildflowers on the south slope.
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I finally found several wildflowers on the south slope.
When I looked up after passing the Byobuiwa rock, I could see Shiri rakuen lodge on the left cliff.
The Byoubu-iwa is famous for rock-climbing site.
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When I looked up after passing the Byobuiwa rock, I could see Shiri rakuen lodge on the left cliff.
The Byoubu-iwa is famous for rock-climbing site.

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As I found Kumoi-kozakura flowers successfully, I turned back at eighty-eight Daishi guardians.
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As I found Kumoi-kozakura flowers successfully, I turned back at eighty-eight Daishi guardians.

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There was a section near the Byobuiwa where trail was covered this fallen rocks. I passed the section carefully but as quick as possible.
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There was a section near the Byobuiwa where trail was covered this fallen rocks. I passed the section carefully but as quick as possible.

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A guy seemed to climb the rock.
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A guy seemed to climb the rock.
When I came back the branch at the foot of Shiki-rakuen lodge, I used a trail to Mitsutoge lodge to the right.
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When I came back the branch at the foot of Shiki-rakuen lodge, I used a trail to Mitsutoge lodge to the right.

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A dog was in front of the Mitsutoge lodge.
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A dog was in front of the Mitsutoge lodge.
Dogs. ^^;)
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Dogs. ^^;)
The last glance of Mt. Fuji from the terrace of the lodge.
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The last glance of Mt. Fuji from the terrace of the lodge.

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I came back to the parking around 12:05.
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I came back to the parking around 12:05.
This was a cage to protect a rare Atsumoriso. It looked no leaves starting to grow yet.
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This was a cage to protect a rare Atsumoriso. It looked no leaves starting to grow yet.
I took a picture the atsumoriso last year in June.
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I took a picture the atsumoriso last year in June.
And this was another cage for kamomeran orchids.
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And this was another cage for kamomeran orchids.
This is the picture of them in June last year.
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This is the picture of them in June last year.
I planned to have lunch at this old restaurant below Miraka toge pass, but a tourist bus parked and the restaurant was very crowded.
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I planned to have lunch at this old restaurant below Miraka toge pass, but a tourist bus parked and the restaurant was very crowded.
So I gave up the plan and left after taking a picture of Mt. Fuji in front of the restaurant. No wonder this restaurant is so popular among tourists.
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So I gave up the plan and left after taking a picture of Mt. Fuji in front of the restaurant. No wonder this restaurant is so popular among tourists.
I stopped by at another restaurant run by the same owner with the previous one.
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I stopped by at another restaurant run by the same owner with the previous one.
This one was huge with more than 100 seats, but there were only a few guests.
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This one was huge with more than 100 seats, but there were only a few guests.

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There was a display explaining the history of the restaurant. It looks like famous novelists stayed the restaurant and inn at the time in early Showa, 1920's.
Osamu Dazai was one of them.
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There was a display explaining the history of the restaurant. It looks like famous novelists stayed the restaurant and inn at the time in early Showa, 1920's.
Osamu Dazai was one of them.
I don't know why but there were many cat dolls, said to call fortune in, exhibited at the large entrance.
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I don't know why but there were many cat dolls, said to call fortune in, exhibited at the large entrance.
And a cat is taking a nap in a backside "dog" house.
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And a cat is taking a nap in a backside "dog" house.
I had houtou, hot udon noodles with vegetables, served in a steel pot. This was hot but tasty.

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I had houtou, hot udon noodles with vegetables, served in a steel pot. This was hot but tasty.
After the lunch, I visited a small garden of kumagaiso in Kurami.
http://www.yamanashi-kankou.jp/nishikatsura/event/kumagaisou.html
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After the lunch, I visited a small garden of kumagaiso in Kurami.
http://www.yamanashi-kankou.jp/nishikatsura/event/kumagaisou.html

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This place was protected by fence and only opened for the kumagaiso blooming season. Until May 18, this year.
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This place was protected by fence and only opened for the kumagaiso blooming season. Until May 18, this year.
These were the kumagaiso.
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These were the kumagaiso.
A strange shape.
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A strange shape.

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And then, I visited another garden called Tozan-no-sato
http://touzannosato.com/
They'll open until Many 20 this year.
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And then, I visited another garden called Tozan-no-sato
http://touzannosato.com/
They'll open until Many 20 this year.

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This place is famous for its ebine orchids.
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This place is famous for its ebine orchids.

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They say the number grew as many as 7,000.
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They say the number grew as many as 7,000.

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There were other wildflowers of the season in this garden.
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There were other wildflowers of the season in this garden.

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Notes:(by tatsuca)
   I planned this hike to look for wildflowers near Kawaguchiko. I read a rare wildflower Kumoikozakura grew near Mt. Mitsutoge last year, and also learned there are two other gardens, the kumagaiso garden in Kurami and Tozan-no-sato in Nishi-katsura, which are famous for wildflowers around the same time of the year.

I could have checked the conditions of flowers of kumagaiso garden and Tozan-no-sato on the web, but I couldn't get any information about the Kumoi-kozakura, so I wasn't sure if I could really find them until I came to the spot.

Fortunately, I found all three, kumoikozakura, kumagaizo, and ebine as well as other various wildflowers. In addition, I could get the beautiful, picture-perfect Mt. Fuji without a cloud for the first time after three unsuccessful visits here.

[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. If you come up from Mitsutoge station, the elevation difference and the length of the trip will be larger and the level could be 3, possibly 4, tough.
- Difficulty: Level 2. There is a short rocky section under the Byobu iwa rock.
- Unnerving?: Level 2. The above section might be a little scary.
- Get lost? Level 2. The traces and signs were clear, but a map or a GPS navigator would be recommended as there were some confusing branches around the peak of Mitsutoge.
- Photogenic? Level 4. If the weather is not favorable and you can't get the grand view of Mt. Fuji, the level could be 2. The wildflowers were not so abundant in early May, but would become much richer in June.
- Come again? Level 3. I have visited Mt. Mitsugote 4 times because it has various kinds of wildflowers and one of the most magnificent views of Mt. Fuji if weather permits.
- Comment: If you use train and bus, the shorter way is to start form Mitsutoge tosanguchi BS, NOT Mitsutoge Iriguchi BS, and hike through Mitsutoge station.
I attach my hike report regarding the course, FYI.
http://mountrec.com/modules/mtrec/detail-1094.html
Also, I walked down to Senkenyama Park which is famous for its five”¾storied pagoda
last December; the trail from the ridge to the park was steeper, though.
http://mountrec.com/modules/mtrec/detail-1134.html

The original log of this hike in Japanese is here.
https://www.yamareco.com/modules/yamareco/detail-1134575.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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