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Mt. Ohnyudo and Mt. Kengamine from Komama ( Day Hike / Japan Nasu-Shiobara)

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Date:
22 May, 2017(Mon) [Day Trip]
Members: Weather:
Sunny, very hot. 28 degees-C at start.


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Drove and parked at a free parking at Komama

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Route Details:
   9:40 Komama
10:55 Mt. Ohnyudo
12:00 Mt. Kengamine
12:25 Hachikaiyama upper shrine
13:00 Ohmama
* Looking for Shiroyashio azaleas
13:30 Ohmama
14:00 Komama

* The overall book time would be a little shorter; I had to rest many times due to unseasonable hot weather today.

Route Infomation:
   No dangerous spots. Traces at the beginning of the trail from Komama to Ohnydo were not clear. Red tapes were useful to follow the trail.

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I arrived at a free parking at Komama 9:30. This place didn't have a restroom or other facility. There is a bigger parking at Ohmama, 5 minutes down the road, but I planned to start from here to Mt. Ohnyodo.
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I arrived at a free parking at Komama 9:30. This place didn't have a restroom or other facility. There is a bigger parking at Ohmama, 5 minutes down the road, but I planned to start from here to Mt. Ohnyodo.
First I visited "Queen of Komama", a big mitsuba-tsutsuji azalea, but there were not many flowers on her.
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First I visited "Queen of Komama", a big mitsuba-tsutsuji azalea, but there were not many flowers on her.
There were no fallen flowers, but there weren't many buds, either. It seemed that this year is not a good year for mitsuba-tsutsuji azaleas in this area.
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There were no fallen flowers, but there weren't many buds, either. It seemed that this year is not a good year for mitsuba-tsutsuji azaleas in this area.
It was already 28 degrees in the morning. [[sweat]]
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It was already 28 degrees in the morning. [[sweat]]
The green around the trail was enjoyable if it had not been so hot. ^^;)
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The green around the trail was enjoyable if it had not been so hot. ^^;)
The trail went over a dry creek. The traces were not clear, so red tapes were helpful. I didn't realized them first and lost a bit.
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The trail went over a dry creek. The traces were not clear, so red tapes were helpful. I didn't realized them first and lost a bit.
A jyanomem, sname-eye butterfly.
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A jyanomem, sname-eye butterfly.
There were some mitsuba-tsutsujis were blooming, but I couldn't find any shiro-yashio above Komama all the way to the Omama trailhead. กก
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There were some mitsuba-tsutsujis were blooming, but I couldn't find any shiro-yashio above Komama all the way to the Omama trailhead. กก
I found several birds today, but it was hard to take pictures of them. This seemed to be an ekara, a kind of titmouse.
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I found several birds today, but it was hard to take pictures of them. This seemed to be an ekara, a kind of titmouse.
Rengetsutusji azaleas had lots of buds. They seemed to be in full bloom in a week or so.
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Rengetsutusji azaleas had lots of buds. They seemed to be in full bloom in a week or so.
10:50 I arrived at the peak of Mt. Ohnyudo. There was little view because of the trees along the trail.
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10:50 I arrived at the peak of Mt. Ohnyudo. There was little view because of the trees along the trail.
Many ookamenoki were blooming along the trial today.
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Many ookamenoki were blooming along the trial today.
This was the only wildflower I found on the ridgeway.
It looked like a hime-ichige.
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This was the only wildflower I found on the ridgeway.
It looked like a hime-ichige.
I could see Mt. Myojin-ga-take to the northwest, but there weren't any great open views on this side of the trail.
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I could see Mt. Myojin-ga-take to the northwest, but there weren't any great open views on this side of the trail.
12:00 I arrived at the peak of Kengamine. I passed around 50 hikers, including two big groups until this point. I only heard that the shiroyashio was 2-weeks late this year, or not a good year for shiroyashio.
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12:00 I arrived at the peak of Kengamine. I passed around 50 hikers, including two big groups until this point. I only heard that the shiroyashio was 2-weeks late this year, or not a good year for shiroyashio.
* This was 5/21 of two years ago. The shiroyashio were in full bloom around this peak.
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* This was 5/21 of two years ago. The shiroyashio were in full bloom around this peak.
Out of focus, but this was one of the few pictures of wild birds I took today. Sounded to be a Uguisui, Japanese bush warbler.
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Out of focus, but this was one of the few pictures of wild birds I took today. Sounded to be a Uguisui, Japanese bush warbler.
The 180-degree view from the Hachikai upper shrine was the best of today, though I couldn't see far due to the moisture.
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The 180-degree view from the Hachikai upper shrine was the best of today, though I couldn't see far due to the moisture.
Violets I found were only this kind.
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Violets I found were only this kind.
I used a trail through forest toward Ohmama.
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I used a trail through forest toward Ohmama.
I found ookamenoki, but no shiroyshio or even a bud of them.
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I found ookamenoki, but no shiroyshio or even a bud of them.
A komisuji butterfly.
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A komisuji butterfly.
I finally found several mitsuba-tsutsujis when I came near to Ohmama.
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I finally found several mitsuba-tsutsujis when I came near to Ohmama.
Renge-tsutsujis were blooming down the Okmama parking last year, but there were only buds today.
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Renge-tsutsujis were blooming down the Okmama parking last year, but there were only buds today.
I made a detour to look for shiroyashio, going down from Ohmama to the place I found them last year. Luckily, there were blooming at this elevation,
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I made a detour to look for shiroyashio, going down from Ohmama to the place I found them last year. Luckily, there were blooming at this elevation,
But not so many as I saw last year.
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But not so many as I saw last year.
Far better than nothing, though. ^^;)
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Far better than nothing, though. ^^;)
When I came back to Ohmama, I used a walking path through Happo-ga-hara hill.
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When I came back to Ohmama, I used a walking path through Happo-ga-hara hill.

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Some mitusba-tsutusjis were blooming here, too.
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Some mitusba-tsutusjis were blooming here, too.

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The renge tsutsujis around here had full of buds ready to bloom in a week. It should be gorgeous with their burning red flowers.
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The renge tsutsujis around here had full of buds ready to bloom in a week. It should be gorgeous with their burning red flowers.
This was a schematic of this years azalea status.
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This was a schematic of this years azalea status.
And this is the one on 5/15 of last year's, The flowers this year seemed to stay hundreds meters below this year yet.
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And this is the one on 5/15 of last year's, The flowers this year seemed to stay hundreds meters below this year yet.
I stoppped by a road-side restaurant and stores near Komama. There were some sight-seers but they seemed to complain they couldn't have seen azaleas, though they looked forward to seeing them.
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I stoppped by a road-side restaurant and stores near Komama. There were some sight-seers but they seemed to complain they couldn't have seen azaleas, though they looked forward to seeing them.
I stopped by for a late lunch at another road-side noodle shop, but this noodles were as disappointing as shiroyashio today.
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I stopped by for a late lunch at another road-side noodle shop, but this noodles were as disappointing as shiroyashio today.
  
Notes:(by tatsuca)
   It is the time of the year that shiroyashi azaleas starts blooming, so I planned this hike hoping to find some of them on the trail that I haven't walked before, though I hadn't confirmed they were blooming before the hike.

The result was, as I had feared, there were no shiroyashios found on the planned course, so I had to walk down to the spot I found them last year.
It looks that this year is not a good year for the azaleas, and the ones blooming were a couple of week later than the average timing.

Also, the temperature was unseasonably high; it reached 30 degrees when I came back to the parking space. For sweaty people like me, summer is tough.

[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. The course was relatively easy, but with the temperature nearly 30 degrees, it was more exhausting than the trail stat. ^^;)
- Difficulty: Level 1. There was no spot to use hand.
- Unnerving?: Level 1. No scare spots.
- Get lost? Level 2. Traces from Komama parking space to the food of Mt. Ohnyudo were unclear. Red tapes were helpful. Once you are on the ridge, the trail should be easy to follow.
- Photogenic? Level 2. If you can't find the shiroyashio, the view is not very impressive. If you walk up to the peak of Mt. Takahara, Shakagatake, the views are much better if the weather permits.
- Come again? Level 2. A little too far from downtown Tokyo
- Comment: If you come to this area, I recommend to hike up to Mt. Takahara, aka Shakagatake. I attach my hike reports FYI:
http://mountrec.com/modules/mtrec/detail-979.html

The original log of this hike in Japanese is here.
https://www.yamareco.com/modules/yamareco/detail-1147594.html
If you are interested in my other logs, please check
http://mountrec.com/modules/mtrec/userinfo-629-data.html

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