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Mt. Mitsutoge; looking for summer wildflowers ( Day Hike / Japan Kawaguchiko, Yamanashi Pref.)

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22 Jun, 2017(Thu) [Day Trip]
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I didn't expect that I could see Mt. Fuji this clear in the rainy season.
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I didn't expect that I could see Mt. Fuji this clear in the rainy season.
9:50 I arrived at a parking near Kane-ga-kubo trailhead. The main space was already full, so I parked at a smaller space a little way up.
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9:50 I arrived at a parking near Kane-ga-kubo trailhead. The main space was already full, so I parked at a smaller space a little way up.
I came here a month ago, and the green became deeper and the sound of cicada was all over the forest.
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I came here a month ago, and the green became deeper and the sound of cicada was all over the forest.
17 degree-C. It was cooler than I had expected.
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17 degree-C. It was cooler than I had expected.
When I came up to the ridge after an hour walk, I went to a viewing terrace nearby.
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When I came up to the ridge after an hour walk, I went to a viewing terrace nearby.
I could still see Mt. Fuji. [[scissors]]
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I could still see Mt. Fuji. [[scissors]]
A dog of the lodge seemed to be bored today. ^^)
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A dog of the lodge seemed to be bored today. ^^)
When I arrived at an open space below the peak, a big group of junior-high school pupils were taking rest. I always feel envious for those kids who can hike to this kind of nice mountain for their school excursion.
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When I arrived at an open space below the peak, a big group of junior-high school pupils were taking rest. I always feel envious for those kids who can hike to this kind of nice mountain for their school excursion.
As they seemed to take photos at the peak, I decided to go to Mt. Osutaka first. I could see Mt. Fuji on the way.
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As they seemed to take photos at the peak, I decided to go to Mt. Osutaka first. I could see Mt. Fuji on the way.
11:50 I came back to the peak of Mt. Mitsutoge.
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11:50 I came back to the peak of Mt. Mitsutoge.
I could see South Alps, too.
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I could see South Alps, too.

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I don't know why, but the panoramic picture was in the mono-chrome mode.
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I don't know why, but the panoramic picture was in the mono-chrome mode.
As the kids already went down, I was the only one at the peak.
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As the kids already went down, I was the only one at the peak.
Red azaleas were nice accent of the monochromic view of Mt. Fuji.
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Red azaleas were nice accent of the monochromic view of Mt. Fuji.
After I took some pictures I resumed to walk down.
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After I took some pictures I resumed to walk down.
12:40 I came back to the parking space. It took only 40 minutes, as I jogged down hlaf of my way back.
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12:40 I came back to the parking space. It took only 40 minutes, as I jogged down hlaf of my way back.
I stopped by a famous restaurant near the Misako pass.
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I stopped by a famous restaurant near the Misako pass.
This restaurant is famous because Osamu Dazai, a famous novelist of Taisho era 80 years ago, stayed this restaurant and inn at the time to write some novels. They keep the rooms and open it as a museum.
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This restaurant is famous because Osamu Dazai, a famous novelist of Taisho era 80 years ago, stayed this restaurant and inn at the time to write some novels. They keep the rooms and open it as a museum.
The sobanoodles were not perfect, but mashroom topping and finely ground yam with a quell egg were fresh and nice.
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The sobanoodles were not perfect, but mashroom topping and finely ground yam with a quell egg were fresh and nice.
By the time I went out of the restaurant, clouds hid Mt. Fuji.
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By the time I went out of the restaurant, clouds hid Mt. Fuji.
The following are the pictures of wildflowers I took today.
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The following are the pictures of wildflowers I took today.

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Notes:(by tatsuca)
   I hiked this trail a month ago, so I hand't planned to hike here again so soon, but I read several nice hiking reports with beautiful and rare wildflowers since a week ago, so I decided to hike again.

The result was, I could find as many wildflowers as I hoped to find, and I could also see Mt. Fuji unexpectedly despite of the cloudy sky.

[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 1. No place to use hands.
- Unnerving?: Level 1. No scary places.
Get lost? Level 2. The traces and signs are clear. It shouldn't pose a problem if you carry a map or GPS.
- Photogenic? Level 4. Yes, very, if the weather is good enough that you can get the fine view of Mt. Fuji.
- Come again? Level 3. The course I walked today was a little too short but I'd come back again to look for wildflowers and Mt. Fuji.
- Comment: If you use a bus to Mitsutog tozanguchi BS and walk down to Kawaguchiko, Mitsutoge station, or Shimo-yoshida statopm of Fujikyu line, the hike would be a little longer and nice with a little challenging slopes. I attach some of my previous hikes in this area:
http://mountrec.com/modules/mtrec/detail-1094.html
http://mountrec.com/modules/mtrec/detail-1134.html
http://mountrec.com/modules/mtrec/detail-1172.html

The original log of this hike in Japanese is here.
https://www.yamareco.com/modules/yamareco/detail-1177437.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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