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Mt. Kasa from Keizuka BS to Washi-no-sato ( Day Hike / Japan Kitamusahi)

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Date:
07 Jul, 2017(Fri) [Day Trip]
Members: Weather:
Sunny, occasionally lightly cloudy


How to reach:
  Transport: Bus Car/Motorcycle
to: Parked at Higashi Chichibu Washi-no-sato and used a bus to Shiraishi Shako
* The bus is from Ogawamachi station, so you can use it from the station.
from: hike back to the parking
* Some bus services per day are available to Ogawamachi, or Yorii.
http://www.new-wing.co.jp/rosen/higashichichibu/info/2015.07.01time.pdf

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   8:38 Took a bus to Shiraishi Shako at Wahino-sato BS
8:53 Arrived at Keizuka BS
10:45 Mt. Kasa west peak
10:49 Mt. Kasa East peak
10:53 Mt. Kasa west peak
11:41 Hagi-Daira T junction
13:30 Washi-no-sato parking

Route Infomation:
   No dangerous spots.
Very hot, over 30 degrees-C. A lot of water is necessary when it's sunny.

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I arrived at a parking of Higashi-chichibu Washi-no-sato around 8:10.
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I arrived at a parking of Higashi-chichibu Washi-no-sato around 8:10.
One reason was to walk "Ajisai-no-michi" hydrangea road.
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One reason was to walk "Ajisai-no-michi" hydrangea road.
As I had enough time for the next bus, I went up a small view point above the parking space.
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As I had enough time for the next bus, I went up a small view point above the parking space.
The forecast was cloudy all day, but it looked like it's going to be sunny and hot. [[sweat]]
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The forecast was cloudy all day, but it looked like it's going to be sunny and hot. [[sweat]]
It was already 30 degrees.
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It was already 30 degrees.
I got on the 8:38, only bus in the morning for Shiraishi-shako and got off at Keizuka BS around 8:50.
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I got on the 8:38, only bus in the morning for Shiraishi-shako and got off at Keizuka BS around 8:50.
I found more than I had expected today. The first one was a gray wagtail.
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I found more than I had expected today. The first one was a gray wagtail.
The scenery in Higashi-chichibu sometimes seems a kind of archetype of a Japanese countryside.
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The scenery in Higashi-chichibu sometimes seems a kind of archetype of a Japanese countryside.
I also found many wild and garden flowers today.
Cosmos sulphureus
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I also found many wild and garden flowers today.
Cosmos sulphureus
The pamphlet said there were more than 2,000 hydrangea along this 1.8-km road.
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The pamphlet said there were more than 2,000 hydrangea along this 1.8-km road.
celandine
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celandine
And a hydrangea
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And a hydrangea
This is another kind of hydrangea with surrounding flower-like sepals.
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This is another kind of hydrangea with surrounding flower-like sepals.
I saw many ophiopogons today.
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I saw many ophiopogons today.
Titmise, too.
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Titmise, too.
This bunting was singing loudly on and on. I put up a video of him below.
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This bunting was singing loudly on and on. I put up a video of him below.
purple oxalis
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purple oxalis
saxifrage
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saxifrage
There was a small parking lot along the way.
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There was a small parking lot along the way.
Probably this was the first time I saw honeybee boxes so close.
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Probably this was the first time I saw honeybee boxes so close.
Kinshibai
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Kinshibai
There were many other places with more hydrangeas, but this is nice because it's along a hiking trail.
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There were many other places with more hydrangeas, but this is nice because it's along a hiking trail.
Bellflower.
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Bellflower.
The trail to Mt. Kawa was on the left at this branch and left the "Hydrangea road" here.
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The trail to Mt. Kawa was on the left at this branch and left the "Hydrangea road" here.
mountain cicely
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mountain cicely
phryma
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phryma
A titmouse, again.
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A titmouse, again.
Kumokiriso, a rare wildflower. Probably the rarest among the ones I found today.
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Kumokiriso, a rare wildflower. Probably the rarest among the ones I found today.
The trail became steeper, and I sweated a lot in the hot and humid air. [[sweat]]
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The trail became steeper, and I sweated a lot in the hot and humid air. [[sweat]]
Akashoma
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Akashoma
The trail crossed a forest road.
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The trail crossed a forest road.
Anil
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Anil
When I came up to the ridge where the trail merged with main trail to Mt. Kasa, I was exhausted by the heat. [[sweat]]
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When I came up to the ridge where the trail merged with main trail to Mt. Kasa, I was exhausted by the heat. [[sweat]]
10:45 Soon I arrived a small west peak of Mt. Kasa.
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10:45 Soon I arrived a small west peak of Mt. Kasa.
It was sunny but I got no view due to the thick haze.
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It was sunny but I got no view due to the thick haze.
The eat peak was just a 3-minute walk.
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The eat peak was just a 3-minute walk.
hostaes here were still buds.
I turned around and continued to walk.
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hostaes here were still buds.
I turned around and continued to walk.
I encountered a flock of long-tailed tits.
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I encountered a flock of long-tailed tits.
A small stone monument for 22nd night memorial.
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A small stone monument for 22nd night memorial.
A nymph
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A nymph
The trail was on a forest road in this section.
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The trail was on a forest road in this section.
And soon went into the forest again.
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And soon went into the forest again.
There were not many wildflowers in the woods, but I found phiopogons here and there.
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There were not many wildflowers in the woods, but I found phiopogons here and there.
The trail went out to a paved driveway and soon came to a T junction. I turned right toward Wahino-sato.
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The trail went out to a paved driveway and soon came to a T junction. I turned right toward Wahino-sato.
Niwasekisho, blue-eyed grass, is an imported plant
from North America, if I remember correctly.
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Niwasekisho, blue-eyed grass, is an imported plant
from North America, if I remember correctly.
The rest of the hike was mostly on a paved driveway through the village houses.
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The rest of the hike was mostly on a paved driveway through the village houses.
lycaena phlaeas on Prunella vulgaris
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lycaena phlaeas on Prunella vulgaris
on fleabane
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on fleabane
dayflower
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dayflower
Lysimachia Clethroides
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Lysimachia Clethroides
Another bunting. He was singing, too.
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Another bunting. He was singing, too.
Himeyaburan
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Himeyaburan
The trail bypassed the driveway a couple of times.
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The trail bypassed the driveway a couple of times.
Lysimachia Clethroides.
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Lysimachia Clethroides.
Some kind of Nigana flowers.
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Some kind of Nigana flowers.
A wild strawberry.
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A wild strawberry.
A dragonfly
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A dragonfly
Murasaki nigana
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Murasaki nigana
And the seeds.
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And the seeds.
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Momijigasa
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Momijigasa
pokeweed
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pokeweed
According to some hiking map, there should be a trail branching near this point.
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According to some hiking map, there should be a trail branching near this point.
But I found no one walked it recently according to the GPS logs on Yamaredo Map Appli on my celphone
https://itunes.apple.com/jp/app/%E3%83%A4%E3%83%9E%E3%83%AC%E3%82%B3map-%E7%99%BB%E5%B1%B1-%E3%83%8F%E3%82%A4%E3%82%AD%E3%83%B3%E3%82%B0%E7%94%A8gps%E5%9C%B0%E5%9B%B3%E3%82%A2%E3%83%97%E3%83%AA/id1121091790?mt=8

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But I found no one walked it recently according to the GPS logs on Yamaredo Map Appli on my celphone
https://itunes.apple.com/jp/app/%E3%83%A4%E3%83%9E%E3%83%AC%E3%82%B3map-%E7%99%BB%E5%B1%B1-%E3%83%8F%E3%82%A4%E3%82%AD%E3%83%B3%E3%82%B0%E7%94%A8gps%E5%9C%B0%E5%9B%B3%E3%82%A2%E3%83%97%E3%83%AA/id1121091790?mt=8
At 13:20 I arrived at the view point that I came up this morning. I wouldn't have come up if I had known the trail passed here.
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At 13:20 I arrived at the view point that I came up this morning. I wouldn't have come up if I had known the trail passed here.
After I came back to my car, I had lunch at a noodle restaurant in the premise.
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After I came back to my car, I had lunch at a noodle restaurant in the premise.
The soba noodles were very nice.
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The soba noodles were very nice.
It was hand-made 100% buckwheat noodles, and boiled and cold-water cooled just before they are served.
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It was hand-made 100% buckwheat noodles, and boiled and cold-water cooled just before they are served.
After the lunch, I drove up to Oomuasaki-no-mori park.
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After the lunch, I drove up to Oomuasaki-no-mori park.
There was a display room of the Oomuraski butterfly, charondas.
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There was a display room of the Oomuraski butterfly, charondas.
Here they are.
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Here they are.
I walked around the woods in the park
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I walked around the woods in the park
It looked some castle ruins were also in the park.
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It looked some castle ruins were also in the park.
This was a byasa alcinous
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This was a byasa alcinous
Salvia japonica
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Salvia japonica
mizuhiki
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mizuhiki
an damselfly
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an damselfly
Mizosoba
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Mizosoba
Yabukanzo
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Yabukanzo
I walked around for 30 minutes looking for Okmurasaki butterfly, but I couldn't find any.
Maybe it was a little too early. I think I'd come back again when I hear they've appeared.
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I walked around for 30 minutes looking for Okmurasaki butterfly, but I couldn't find any.
Maybe it was a little too early. I think I'd come back again when I hear they've appeared.
  
Notes:(by tatsuca)
   Bunting


I knew this was not good season to hike low mountains, bu I planned this one because I read hiking reports about hydrangeas and rare butterflies in this area.

I thought it would be cloudy all say, but "unfortunately" it was better than I had expected. and the temperature rose to 30 degrees from the morning.

I enjoyed hydrangeas to some extent, but I couldn't find any rare butterflies. But the trail was well maintained and I could enjoyed the gentle and rural scenery of Kitamusashi as I always to.

[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. Even with the hot weather, the trail wasn't so tough.
- Difficulty: Level 1. No place to use hands.
- Unnerving?: Level 1. No scary places.
- Get lost? Level 2. There were lots of small branches and intersections with forest roads, but there shouldn't be big troubles as long as you follows the direction signs of "Soto Chichibu 7 Summits Hiking Course"
- Photogenic? Level 2. The view of mountains wasn't so great, but I found more wildflowers and birds than I had expected.
- Come again? Level 2. I probably don't care so much to come in summer; from autumn to spring would be better.
- Comment: There are many light hiking courses in this area, and Soto Chichibu ' summits hiking course" , which is 42km long, as long as a marathon course, is one of the famous ones. A big thru-hiking event, free of charge, is held every year in spring.
http://tabi.tobu.co.jp/playing/hiking/events/nanamine/

The original log of this hike in Japanese is here.
https://www.yamareco.com/modules/yamareco/detail-1187823.html
If you are interested in my other logs, please check
http://mountrec.com/modules/mtrec/userinfo-629-data.html

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