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Mt. Ohdake from Ohtaki falls ( Day Hike / Japan Okutama)

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Date:
09 Jun, 2017(Fri) [Day Trip]
Members: Weather:
Lightly cloudy with haze and fog and occasional sprinkles, and bright sunlight.


How to reach:
  Transport: Train Bus Cable/Ropeway
To: Bus from JR Musashi-itsukaichi station to Ohdake-shonyudo Iriguchi BS
From: Used a cable car form Mitake upper station.

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   8:45 Ohdake-shonyudo Iriguchi BS
9:30 Ohdake-shonyudo
* Walked though the limestone-cave. It took 15 minutes.
12:25 Mt. Ohdake
13:40 Mt. Nabewari
* Lunch at a restaurant near MItake shrine.
14:45 Mitake Cable upper station
14:50 Mitake Cable base station
* Walked to JR Mitake station, as the next bus was in 30 minutes.

Route Infomation:
   No dangerous spots, but there were some rocky sections with fixed rope near the peak of Mt. Ohdake and below Ohdake shrine, and around the peak of Mt. Nabewari.

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I arrived at JR Musashi-Itsukaichi around 8:00 to be in time for the 8:17 bus to Kamiyozawa.
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I arrived at JR Musashi-Itsukaichi around 8:00 to be in time for the 8:17 bus to Kamiyozawa.
I was the only passenger after the last two got of at Yozawa lodge. The bus arrived at Iodake Shonyudo Iriguchi BS at 8:45.
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I was the only passenger after the last two got of at Yozawa lodge. The bus arrived at Iodake Shonyudo Iriguchi BS at 8:45.
The first section was a paved forest road walk toward Ohdake-syonyudo, a limestone cave.
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The first section was a paved forest road walk toward Ohdake-syonyudo, a limestone cave.
The road was a nice small stream with moss-covered rocks.
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The road was a nice small stream with moss-covered rocks.
There were many small falls in the stream.
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There were many small falls in the stream.
The beech? The green was very fresh along the road.
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The beech? The green was very fresh along the road.
But soon I came to a quarry for gravel where big machines were working. I walked through the tunnel to the right where a truck was coming out in the picture.
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But soon I came to a quarry for gravel where big machines were working. I walked through the tunnel to the right where a truck was coming out in the picture.
The only bird I could take a picture of today. A grey wagtail.
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The only bird I could take a picture of today. A grey wagtail.
When I came to Ohdake-syonyudo, a limestone cave, I found it was open.
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When I came to Ohdake-syonyudo, a limestone cave, I found it was open.
Since I hadn't walked such caves for many years, I decided to visit it. The admission was 500 yen and you can borrow a helmet for free.
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Since I hadn't walked such caves for many years, I decided to visit it. The admission was 500 yen and you can borrow a helmet for free.
It was about a 15 minute walk. There were some spots that were so narrow that I had to stoop down awkwardly to get my hand on the ground.
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It was about a 15 minute walk. There were some spots that were so narrow that I had to stoop down awkwardly to get my hand on the ground.
I found a sign saying Kotaki, Small Fall, but there were only drippings on the slope.
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I found a sign saying Kotaki, Small Fall, but there were only drippings on the slope.
There were a couple of camping grounds along the road.
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There were a couple of camping grounds along the road.
10:23 I arrived at the end of the paved forest road. It took 30 minutes more than I had planned as I stopped by the limestone cave and took many photos along the road.
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10:23 I arrived at the end of the paved forest road. It took 30 minutes more than I had planned as I stopped by the limestone cave and took many photos along the road.
The temperature was 20 degrees. It was lucky that it didn't get so hot as I had feared.
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The temperature was 20 degrees. It was lucky that it didn't get so hot as I had feared.
The trail was still along the stream.
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The trail was still along the stream.
And I got to the Big Fall around 10:30
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And I got to the Big Fall around 10:30
It looks like this in a vertical panoramic picture.
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It looks like this in a vertical panoramic picture.
The trail became steeper.
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The trail became steeper.
The scenery could be better than the one along the Rock Garden with more vegetation and narrower gauge.
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The scenery could be better than the one along the Rock Garden with more vegetation and narrower gauge.
Small falls gave nice accent to the scenery.
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Small falls gave nice accent to the scenery.
There were wooden steps before the ridge.
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There were wooden steps before the ridge.
I arrived at a branch on the ridge at 11:45. The trail to Mt. Ohdake is to the right.

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I arrived at a branch on the ridge at 11:45. The trail to Mt. Ohdake is to the right.
After some gentle clime I came to a small shrine at the branch to Mt. Nokogiri traversing Mt. Ohdake.

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After some gentle clime I came to a small shrine at the branch to Mt. Nokogiri traversing Mt. Ohdake.
I used a direct trail to Mt. Ohdake today.
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I used a direct trail to Mt. Ohdake today.
It looks like this on my navigation app.
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It looks like this on my navigation app.
12:25 I arrived at the peak of Mt. Ohdake. There was no distant view due to haze, but there were several hikers taking rest.
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12:25 I arrived at the peak of Mt. Ohdake. There was no distant view due to haze, but there were several hikers taking rest.
Some red azaleas were blooming near the peak.

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Some red azaleas were blooming near the peak.
I didn't take a rest, and touched the stone marker of geological survey institute and continued to walk.
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I didn't take a rest, and touched the stone marker of geological survey institute and continued to walk.
I just said hello to a guarding dog monument whe I passed the Ohdake shrine. ^^)
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I just said hello to a guarding dog monument whe I passed the Ohdake shrine. ^^)
And walked through fixed rope section toward Mt. Nabewari.
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And walked through fixed rope section toward Mt. Nabewari.
And went left to Mt. Nabewari at this branch. I walked this trail 5 years ago when I just started to hike.
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And went left to Mt. Nabewari at this branch. I walked this trail 5 years ago when I just started to hike.
At the time the trail seemed tough because of its slippery muddy slope. but this time I didn't have so much trouble. Maybe my skills have improved a little since then.
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At the time the trail seemed tough because of its slippery muddy slope. but this time I didn't have so much trouble. Maybe my skills have improved a little since then.
I arrived at the east peak of Mt. Namewari at 13:40, The upper most shrine of Mitake was on the peak.
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I arrived at the east peak of Mt. Namewari at 13:40, The upper most shrine of Mitake was on the peak.
I walked down and passed the upper shrine.
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I walked down and passed the upper shrine.
The trail soon merged in the main trail between Mt. Mitake and Mt. Ohdake. I passed the main entrance to Mitake shrine around 14:10.
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The trail soon merged in the main trail between Mt. Mitake and Mt. Ohdake. I passed the main entrance to Mitake shrine around 14:10.
As I hadn't had lunch break, I decided to stop by at a restaurant on a main street to the Mitake shrine.
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As I hadn't had lunch break, I decided to stop by at a restaurant on a main street to the Mitake shrine.
The noodles were actually nice; much better than I thought.
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The noodles were actually nice; much better than I thought.
I left the restaurant to be in time for the 14:45 cable car.
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I left the restaurant to be in time for the 14:45 cable car.
The cable car was half full.
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The cable car was half full.
I found the next bus from the cable base station was in 30 minutes, so I decided to walk to Mitake station.
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I found the next bus from the cable base station was in 30 minutes, so I decided to walk to Mitake station.
The veiw from the Mitake bridge was nice.
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The veiw from the Mitake bridge was nice.
I bought a beer at a gift shop in front of the station. The beer after hikes are really tasty in summer. ^^)
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I bought a beer at a gift shop in front of the station. The beer after hikes are really tasty in summer. ^^)
I'll post pictures of wildflowers I saw today.
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I'll post pictures of wildflowers I saw today.

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Notes:(by tatsuca)
   I planned this time from Ohtaki to Mt. Ohdake since this trail was one of a few major trails I hadn't walked in this area.

Another reason I chose this trail was the trail along the stream might be better in this hot humid weather during the rainy season.

The weather was a little worse than I had expected and I couldn't see Mt. Fuji or any other distant mountains, but I enjoyed the nice trail along streams and through fresh deep green forests.

[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.
- Difficulty: Level 2. There were some rocky spots near the peak of Mt. Ohdake and Mt. Nabewari, but not so difficult.
- Unnerving?: Level 2. The sections in the above might be a little scary if you are acrophobic.
Get lost? Level 2. The signs are well maintained and traces were relatively clear, but there are many small trails in the area, you might better bring GPS and/or map with you.
- Photogenic? Level 1. The level could be 2 if the weather is good enough to see the grand view of Mt. Fuji.
- Come again? Level 2. For me, this trail seemss better than the one to Nanayo-no-taki fall because the scenery and atmosphere along the forest road are better.
- Comment: I walked through Mt. Nabewari to Mt. Mitake, but there are several other choices after came up to Mazukari-one ridge, such as
1. go south to Seoto-no-yu via Mazukari-one ridge,
My previous relating log: http://mountrec.com/modules/mtrec/detail-95.html
2. go west to Hossawa-no-taki over the Mazukari-one ridge
3. go north, after bag the peak of Mt. Ohdake to Okutamako through Mt. Nokogiri (and Mt. Gozen if you have strong legs),
My previous relating log: http://mountrec.com/modules/mtrec/detail-1077.html
4. go south-east through Rock Garden to Yozawa BS
My previous relating log: http://mountrec.com/modules/mtrec/detail-1149.html

The original log of this hike in Japanese is here.
https://www.yamareco.com/modules/yamareco/detail-1163799.html
If you are interested in my other logs, please check
http://mountrec.com/modules/mtrec/userinfo-629-data.html

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