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Mt. Mitsutoge, looking for another endangered wildflowers ( Day Hike / Japan Kawaguchiko)

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Date:
19 Jul, 2017(Wed) [Day Trip]
Members: Weather:
Partly cloudy, but Mt. Fuji was in the clound and I could only see her from the highway in the morning.


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  Transport: Car/Motorcycle
To: drove and parked at a free parking space by Kanegakubo trailhead.
From: ditto

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   7:30 Kanegakubo trailhead
8:43 View point below the peak of Mt. Mitsutoge
9:15 Ichiji-Isseki stone monument
9:50 Mt. Mitsutoge waiting for the gas to clear up. 10:20
10:36 Mt. Osutaka
11:27 Mt. Oh-hata
12:06 Mt. Seihachi
12:41 Kanagekubo trailhead



Route Infomation:
   No dangerous spots. I jogged down a little from Mt. Seihachi to the trailhead. The BK for the section would be 45 min. or so.

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I arrived at a parking by Kana-ga-kubo trailhead around 7:20.
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I arrived at a parking by Kana-ga-kubo trailhead around 7:20.
I usually use a forest road, but this time I chose a less walked trail.
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I usually use a forest road, but this time I chose a less walked trail.
I had hoped to find wildflowers along the trail, but I could only find some, including this Tsuru-shirokaneso.
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I had hoped to find wildflowers along the trail, but I could only find some, including this Tsuru-shirokaneso.
The temperature was 19 degrees, but humidity was high and also little wind, I sweat as usual.
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The temperature was 19 degrees, but humidity was high and also little wind, I sweat as usual.
The other wildflower was this one. It seemed like ichiyakuso, but it was beginning to wilt.
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The other wildflower was this one. It seemed like ichiyakuso, but it was beginning to wilt.
I heard birds singing all day, but I could only see them. This seemed to be a woodpecker.
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I heard birds singing all day, but I could only see them. This seemed to be a woodpecker.
After 15 minutes, the trial merged the forest road. As it was a little steeper but much shorter, it seemed to be good for descending.
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After 15 minutes, the trial merged the forest road. As it was a little steeper but much shorter, it seemed to be good for descending.
A coal titmouse.
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A coal titmouse.
Aka-shouma
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Aka-shouma
Japanese edelweiss
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Japanese edelweiss
Miyama-karamatxu
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Miyama-karamatxu
Kusa-tachibana
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Kusa-tachibana
A columbine
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A columbine
Umano-ashigawa. A king of buttercup?
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Umano-ashigawa. A king of buttercup?
rosa multiflora
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rosa multiflora
Kugaiso
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Kugaiso
8:46 When I arrived at a view point, Mt. Fuji was already in the clouds.
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8:46 When I arrived at a view point, Mt. Fuji was already in the clouds.
Euporbia Pekinensis
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Euporbia Pekinensis
Agrimony
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Agrimony
I always say hello to this guy. Maybe he began to remember me, (or my smell).
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I always say hello to this guy. Maybe he began to remember me, (or my smell).
This is also a kind of buttercup, I guess.
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This is also a kind of buttercup, I guess.
White nigana, belongs to aster family
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White nigana, belongs to aster family
Mountain hydrangea
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Mountain hydrangea
?
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?
Members of the Japanese SDF were climbing the Boymuiwa rock today.
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Members of the Japanese SDF were climbing the Boymuiwa rock today.
Meadowsweet
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Meadowsweet
I turned around at this stone momument.
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I turned around at this stone momument.
Hosta
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Hosta
Krinso.
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Krinso.
Mizohouzuki
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Mizohouzuki

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I used a trail to Shiki-sanso lodge to go back to the ridge
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I used a trail to Shiki-sanso lodge to go back to the ridge
Cimicifuga
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Cimicifuga
Anaphalis Margaritacea
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Anaphalis Margaritacea
Common yellow swallowtails.
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Common yellow swallowtails.
I arrived at the peak of Mt. Mitsugoge around 9:50m and waited almost half an hour hoping the gas cleared up. But the best I got looked like this.
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I arrived at the peak of Mt. Mitsugoge around 9:50m and waited almost half an hour hoping the gas cleared up. But the best I got looked like this.
A king of geranium?
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A king of geranium?
Shimotsukeso
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Shimotsukeso
10:36 I arrived at the peak of Mt. Osutaka, where a couple of huge TV antennas were.
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10:36 I arrived at the peak of Mt. Osutaka, where a couple of huge TV antennas were.
The trail from the peak was a little steep and rocky at places.
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The trail from the peak was a little steep and rocky at places.
Many anemonopsis macrophyllas seemed to be open in a week along this section .
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Many anemonopsis macrophyllas seemed to be open in a week along this section .
Mountain baikeiso
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Mountain baikeiso
ditto
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ditto
There were alos a lot of cimicifugas in this section.
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There were alos a lot of cimicifugas in this section.
The toughest part looked like this. Actually, there were no fixed ropes and not so difficult.
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The toughest part looked like this. Actually, there were no fixed ropes and not so difficult.
The trail turned right at this point. As there is no sign, you may go straight ahead.
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The trail turned right at this point. As there is no sign, you may go straight ahead.
It looks like this on the navigation application on my cellphone.
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It looks like this on the navigation application on my cellphone.
This was the only section that may be scary in today's hike when the surface was slippery.
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This was the only section that may be scary in today's hike when the surface was slippery.
The other sections were pretty much well maintained and easy to walk.
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The other sections were pretty much well maintained and easy to walk.
Inutobana
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Inutobana
I passed a small peak of Mt. Chausu.
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I passed a small peak of Mt. Chausu.
pertya scandens
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pertya scandens
Kinutasou.
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Kinutasou.
And I came to another small peak of Mt. Ohhata at 11:28.
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And I came to another small peak of Mt. Ohhata at 11:28.
Passed an electric tower.
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Passed an electric tower.
Another coal titmouse.
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Another coal titmouse.
I go straight at this branch toward Mt. Seihachi.
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I go straight at this branch toward Mt. Seihachi.
Arrived at the peak of Mt. Seihachi at 12:07. This peak is selected as one of the 12 grand views of Mt. Fuji in Otsuki city.
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Arrived at the peak of Mt. Seihachi at 12:07. This peak is selected as one of the 12 grand views of Mt. Fuji in Otsuki city.
But it was not a good day for Fuji viewing today.
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But it was not a good day for Fuji viewing today.
I turned around and came down to the branch and then turned into a forest road to the parking lot.
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I turned around and came down to the branch and then turned into a forest road to the parking lot.
As I jogged down, it took only 30 minutes to the parking lot.
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As I jogged down, it took only 30 minutes to the parking lot.
Ikema?
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Ikema?
I stopped by a restaurant in Isawa hot spring town.
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I stopped by a restaurant in Isawa hot spring town.
It was an annex to a famous sweet maker's factory. They open the facility for tourists and it was like a amusement park.
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It was an annex to a famous sweet maker's factory. They open the facility for tourists and it was like a amusement park.
The soba noodles were very nice.
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The soba noodles were very nice.
The "all-you-can-eat"side dishes are free if you have meal.
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The "all-you-can-eat"side dishes are free if you have meal.
I ordered a cold zenzai sweet soup. This was not too sweet and nice, too.
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I ordered a cold zenzai sweet soup. This was not too sweet and nice, too.
When I finished lunch, it was raining hard by a "guerrilla shower." It is said we have these more often due to the global warming.
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When I finished lunch, it was raining hard by a "guerrilla shower." It is said we have these more often due to the global warming.
The following photos are related to Uchoran, an endangered wildflower, which was my main purpose of today's hike.
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The following photos are related to Uchoran, an endangered wildflower, which was my main purpose of today's hike.

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Notes:(by tatsuca)
   I have visited here every month since May to look for wildflowers. The target this time was an endangered wildflower, uchoran, Orbigrya graminifolia, a kind of orchid. Also, I planned to walk to Mt. Seihachi in order to connect my hike logs from Kawaguchiko to Sasago on JR Chuo line. ^^)

It became cloudy earlier than the weather forecast and I couldn't see Mt. Fuji this time, but I could find the uchoran and lots of other wildflowers.

[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. The tail down from Mt. Osutaka was a little rocky, but easy.
- Unnerving?: Level 2. There is one narrow traverse section after coming down from Mt. Osutaka, but it shouldn't be a problem if the surface is not very bad.
Get lost? Level 2. The traces are clear. There is only one confusing turn as I put up photos, but it shouldn't be a problem as there is a dead wood blockage on the wrong way.
- Photogenic? Level 2. If the weather is good enough to view Mt. Fuji, the level can be 3.
- Come again? Level 2. If you are interested in the wildflowers, the level could be 3.
- Comment: I also planned use a bus to Mitsutog tozanguchi BS and walk down to Mitsutoge station of Fujikyu line, but I didn't adopt the plan because of the long driveway walk from 88 stone guardians to the station in this hot weather.
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-1201557.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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