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Lake Kamakita and Mt. Monomi, looking for a rare bird. ( Day Hike / Japan Kita-musahi, Saitama Prefecture)

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Date:
26 Jun, 2017(Mon) [Day Trip]
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Parked at a free parking space of Moroyama Sogo Koen park.

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   8:45 Moroyama Sogo Koen park
* Looking for Sankocho, Japanese paradise flycatchers.
10:33 Lake Kamakita
11:08 Sukuya-no-taki falls
12:00 Mt. Monomi
12:58 Kasuzaka
13:35 Moroyama Sogo Koen park


Route Infomation:
   No dangerous spots.
The trail between Mt. Monomi and Kasuzaka wasn't a major trail. Traces are relateively clear but there were only a few signs at the branches. You many easily get lost if you don't have a map and compass, or a GPS device.

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I started from a free parking space of Moroyama Sogo Koen park.
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I started from a free parking space of Moroyama Sogo Koen park.
There was a walking path branched from a driveway by the stream from Lake Kamakita.
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There was a walking path branched from a driveway by the stream from Lake Kamakita.
The first section was a paved road.
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The first section was a paved road.
Soon I came to the place where sankocho, Japanese paradise flychatchers, often observed.
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Soon I came to the place where sankocho, Japanese paradise flychatchers, often observed.
They said the last baby-bird left the next yesterday but they seemed to be staying in this forests with the parents.
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They said the last baby-bird left the next yesterday but they seemed to be staying in this forests with the parents.
I saw them several times through leaves, and finally, I could take some photos of a male bird.
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I saw them several times through leaves, and finally, I could take some photos of a male bird.
This was the best picture I could take, though.
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This was the best picture I could take, though.
He flew into bushes in a matter of seconds.
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He flew into bushes in a matter of seconds.
As I spent nearly an hour to look for the bird, I speed up and walked toward Lake Kamakita.
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As I spent nearly an hour to look for the bird, I speed up and walked toward Lake Kamakita.
10:33 I arrive the lake.
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10:33 I arrive the lake.
I planned to walk to Ktaiamuki-jizo but I decided to skip it and go directly to Mt. Monomi via. Syukuya-no-taki falls.
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I planned to walk to Ktaiamuki-jizo but I decided to skip it and go directly to Mt. Monomi via. Syukuya-no-taki falls.
The trail was through fresh green forest.
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The trail was through fresh green forest.
The temperature was 23 degrees but it came up to 27 degrees as I walked up to Mt. Monomi, and I sweated a lot. [[sweat]]
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The temperature was 23 degrees but it came up to 27 degrees as I walked up to Mt. Monomi, and I sweated a lot. [[sweat]]
I stopped by Syukuya-no-taki.
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I stopped by Syukuya-no-taki.

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Then turned around and walked toward Mt. Monomi.
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Then turned around and walked toward Mt. Monomi.
There was another smaller fall, Shykuya-no-kotaki along the trail
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There was another smaller fall, Shykuya-no-kotaki along the trail
The slope became a little steeper as I came near to the ridge.
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The slope became a little steeper as I came near to the ridge.
A view point below the ridge was the only point I got some panoramic view today.
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A view point below the ridge was the only point I got some panoramic view today.
Soon I came up to a ridge way to Mt. Monomi.
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Soon I came up to a ridge way to Mt. Monomi.
Around noon, I arrived at the peak of Mt. Monomi, where there were the signpost and some benches for hikers.
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Around noon, I arrived at the peak of Mt. Monomi, where there were the signpost and some benches for hikers.
But the official stone marker of Japanese GS was on the adjacent peak a couple of minutes away.
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But the official stone marker of Japanese GS was on the adjacent peak a couple of minutes away.
I came down to a paved forest road,
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I came down to a paved forest road,
and continued to walked toward Mt. Fuji, one of the numerous local Mt. Fujis, of course.
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and continued to walked toward Mt. Fuji, one of the numerous local Mt. Fujis, of course.
There were a couple of small peaks with no direction signs. If you don't have a map or a GPS, they could be troublesome.
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There were a couple of small peaks with no direction signs. If you don't have a map or a GPS, they could be troublesome.
On the next peak, the trail one map seemed to go straight on the ridge, but actually,
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On the next peak, the trail one map seemed to go straight on the ridge, but actually,
I had to turn right using this fixed rope traversing the rocky ridge.
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I had to turn right using this fixed rope traversing the rocky ridge.
The GPS logs of hikers show that some hikers got into the wrong ridgeway.
These GPS logs can be seen on Yamareco at https://www.yamareco.com/modules/yamareco/showroute_rec2.php?showtrks=1
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The GPS logs of hikers show that some hikers got into the wrong ridgeway.
These GPS logs can be seen on Yamareco at https://www.yamareco.com/modules/yamareco/showroute_rec2.php?showtrks=1
I decided to skip Mt. Fuji and turn left at Kasuzaka.
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I decided to skip Mt. Fuji and turn left at Kasuzaka.
I soon came down to the village.
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I soon came down to the village.
I wanted to stop by the lotus garden in the park, but it was already closed at noon, because the flowers only open during early morning.
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I wanted to stop by the lotus garden in the park, but it was already closed at noon, because the flowers only open during early morning.
I found a singing bird and took photo, but this is a Chinese Hwamei, which was imported and escaped and has made great population. They've been defined as one of the invasive species by law.

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I found a singing bird and took photo, but this is a Chinese Hwamei, which was imported and escaped and has made great population. They've been defined as one of the invasive species by law.
I came back to the parking space around 13:30
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I came back to the parking space around 13:30
I stopped by a noodle restaurant in Mizuho-machi.
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I stopped by a noodle restaurant in Mizuho-machi.
This one is a kind of fast-food type noodle stand, but they made noodles at the cornier of the stand, which makes the noodles fresh and tasty.
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This one is a kind of fast-food type noodle stand, but they made noodles at the cornier of the stand, which makes the noodles fresh and tasty.
I then visited a Rokudozan park, where an old farm house with straw roof is preserved. But this one was too cleanly preserved.
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I then visited a Rokudozan park, where an old farm house with straw roof is preserved. But this one was too cleanly preserved.
In my mind, it should look like this.
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In my mind, it should look like this.

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This reminds me the rice paddles I saw 50 years ago in my mothers home village in Hiroshima. ^^)
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This reminds me the rice paddles I saw 50 years ago in my mothers home village in Hiroshima. ^^)
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Notes:(by tatsuca)
   Snap shot of a male sankocho


Chinese Hwamei


This time, I heard that a rare wild bird, sankocho Japanese paradise flycatcher, could be seen near the lake Kamakita, and planned this hike. As the bird-watching hike has always risk that I can't find any, I added the secondary purpose to look for country side scenery of summer in Japan.

I had difficulty in taking pictures of the bird, but I finally go some after an hour effort with dozen's of bird lovers. A little too hot to hike in the low hills but I enjoyed the scenery of countryside and walking the rural village streets.

[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 3. The trail between Mt. Monomi and Kasuzaka is not the major hiking route, and the signs were not maintained. A map & a compass or a GPS device would be necessary to avoid unnecessary bushwhacking.
- Photogenic? Level 2. The view of mountains wasn't so great, but you can enjoy gentle scenery of countryside.
- Come again? Level 1. If I'd try to find the bird again next year, the level could be 2 to 3.
- Comment: If you're not particularly interested in the sankocho, I'd recommend cooler season, from October to April to hike in these low hills of Kita-musashi.
I used a car, but you can walk from JR Moro station to the Lake Kamakita, and walk back to Kitahirasawa BS a little east of Mt. Fuji.
https://www.navitime.co.jp/bus/route/00029161/%E5%8C%BB%E5%A4%A731%E4%BB%96:%E9%A3%AF%E8%83%BD%E9%A7%85-%E3%81%93%E3%81%BE%E6%AD%A6%E8%94%B5%E5%8F%B0NT-%E9%AB%98%E9%BA%97%E5%B7%9D%E9%A7%85-%E5%9F%BC%E7%8E%89%E5%8C%BB%E5%A4%A7[%E5%9B%BD%E9%9A%9B%E8%88%88%E6%A5%AD%E3%83%90%E3%82%B9]

The original log of this hike in Japanese is here.
https://www.yamareco.com/modules/yamareco/detail-1181774.html
If you are interested in my other logs, please check
http://mountrec.com/modules/mtrec/userinfo-629-data.html

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