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Mt. Tsukuba, looking for a rare wildflower ( Day Hike / Japan Tsukuba, Ibaragi Pref. )

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Date:
15 Jun, 2017(Thu) [Day Trip]
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Drove and parked at a municipal parking near Tsukuba jinjya shrine \500 yen/day car

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   8:30 Parking space
8:45 Shirakumobashi traihead
10:00 Brach at Benkei-chaya tea-house ruin
10:40 Mt. Nyotai/Tsukuba
11:10 Mt. Nantai
12:18 Tsukuba Shrine
12:40 Parking lot

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   No dangerous spot unless you fool around at the peak of Mt. Nyotai.

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I drove and used one of the municipal parking spaces today. There were only several cars at 8:30 of the Thursday morning.
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I drove and used one of the municipal parking spaces today. There were only several cars at 8:30 of the Thursday morning.
I found some cheaper parking spaces run by small shops along the driveway toward Tsukuba Jinjya.
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I found some cheaper parking spaces run by small shops along the driveway toward Tsukuba Jinjya.
At the foot of Tsukuba Jinjya property, I turned right toward Shirakumo-bashi trailhead.
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At the foot of Tsukuba Jinjya property, I turned right toward Shirakumo-bashi trailhead.
After 15 minutes I passed the trailhead, I came to a branch at Mukaeba-bunki where trails to Tsutsuji-ga-oka and Shirakumo-bashi branches. I used the left one toward Shirakumo-bashi today.
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After 15 minutes I passed the trailhead, I came to a branch at Mukaeba-bunki where trails to Tsutsuji-ga-oka and Shirakumo-bashi branches. I used the left one toward Shirakumo-bashi today.
It was about 20 degrees, and with little wind, I started to sweat a lot. [[sweat]]
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It was about 20 degrees, and with little wind, I started to sweat a lot. [[sweat]]
I passed a small hut for some miniature stone-made shrine.
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I passed a small hut for some miniature stone-made shrine.
And reached a branch at the ruine of old Benkei-chaya tea-house.
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And reached a branch at the ruine of old Benkei-chaya tea-house.
There were many strange shaped rocks along the trail from the branch to the peak.
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There were many strange shaped rocks along the trail from the branch to the peak.

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I arrived at the peak of Mt. Nyotai, the higher peak of the twin peaks of Mt. Tsukuba at 10:42.
There were about ten hikers or sight-seers around the peak. (A rope way is available to the foot of this peak.)
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I arrived at the peak of Mt. Nyotai, the higher peak of the twin peaks of Mt. Tsukuba at 10:42.
There were about ten hikers or sight-seers around the peak. (A rope way is available to the foot of this peak.)
I didn't get a nice view, but it wasn't so bad considering it was in the rainy season in Japan.
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I didn't get a nice view, but it wasn't so bad considering it was in the rainy season in Japan.
There was a small shrine building near the peak.
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There was a small shrine building near the peak.
Then I walked toward the other peak. There was a flat space at the col, where there were a couple of small shops and restaurants and a cable car station from the Tsukuba shrine to the foot of Mt. Nantai, the other peak.
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Then I walked toward the other peak. There was a flat space at the col, where there were a couple of small shops and restaurants and a cable car station from the Tsukuba shrine to the foot of Mt. Nantai, the other peak.
11:10 I arrived at the peak of Mt .Nantai.
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11:10 I arrived at the peak of Mt .Nantai.
The view wasn't so different from the one from Mt. Nyotai.
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The view wasn't so different from the one from Mt. Nyotai.
And there was another shrine building near the peak, too.
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And there was another shrine building near the peak, too.
I didn't take a rest and continued to walking down toward Tsukba Jinja.
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I didn't take a rest and continued to walking down toward Tsukba Jinja.
A small steam, Minano-gawa. which is famous for being described in a Hyakunin-isshu waka poem that was made 1000 years ago.
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A small steam, Minano-gawa. which is famous for being described in a Hyakunin-isshu waka poem that was made 1000 years ago.
The trail meat the cable car tracks.
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The trail meat the cable car tracks.
This was the only butterfly I saw today.
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This was the only butterfly I saw today.
I came down to the main building of the Tsukuba shrine around 12:20.
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I came down to the main building of the Tsukuba shrine around 12:20.
And the only bird I could take a photo was a grey wagtail no the roof of a building.
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And the only bird I could take a photo was a grey wagtail no the roof of a building.
I stopped by a well-reputed soba restaurant in Tsukuba city. The soba noodles here were very nice as I had expected.
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I stopped by a well-reputed soba restaurant in Tsukuba city. The soba noodles here were very nice as I had expected.
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The following are the photos of wildflowers I saw today.

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Notes:(by tatsuca)
   Mt. Tsukuba is one of the 100 Famous Japanese Mountains, the lowest one actually, and popular tourists' destination because of it's having a cable car and a rope way to the feet of the twin peaks.
https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Mount_Tsukuba

I planned this hike to look for a rare wildflower, hoshizaki yukinoshita, only grows in this area.
https://ja.wikipedia.org/wiki/%E3%83%9B%E3%82%B7%E3%82%B6%E3%82%AD%E3%83%A6%E3%82%AD%E3%83%8E%E3%82%B7%E3%82%BF

I could successfully find a cluster of them, and I enjoyed a cozy hike of sunny day in spite that it is in rainy season in Japan.

[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 2. There were some rocky sections near the Nyotai-san peak, but there are not so difficult.
- Unnerving?: Level 1. The peak of Mt, Nyotai has a nice big rock over the cliff, but if you don't come too close to the edge, there's no scary points all the way.
Get lost? Level 2. There are several trailheads around the peaks. Signs and area maps are well maintained, but you may have to double-check when going down from the peak.
- Photogenic? Level 2. The wildflowers and birds are not so abundant. The view from the peaks over the vast Kanto plain is nice if the weather is good enough.
- Come again? Level 2. A little too short as a hike, but the trails are enjoyable for a light-walk.
- Comment: It was a two-hour drive from my place, Musashino-shi. Public transportation, such as train, highway bus, and shuttle bus from Tsukuba station to the trailheads are also available.

The original log of this hike in Japanese is here.
https://www.yamareco.com/modules/yamareco/detail-1170106.html
If you are interested in my other logs, please check
http://mountrec.com/modules/mtrec/userinfo-629-data.html

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