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Mt. Takao, Looking for Iwa-taboco flowers. ( Day Hike / Japan Okutama, Takao)

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Date:
27 Jul, 2017(Thu) [Day Trip]
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  Transport: Train Bus
To: Used a bus from JR Takao to Jakaki-guchi
https://www.navitime.co.jp/diagram/bus/00020468/00006286/0/
To: Used a bus from Sokozawa BS to JR Sagamiko
https://www.navitime.co.jp/diagram/bus/00128923/00029913/0/

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   8:12 Left Takao Kitaguchi BS
8:22 Arrived at Jataki-guchi BS
8:50 Jataki falls, looking for Iwa-tabaco flowers
9:33 Yakuo-in Shriine, looking for Renge-shuoma flowers
10:00 Mt. Takao
10:56 Mt. Shiroyama
11:25 Kobotoke toge pass
12:35 Sokozawa BS
12:47 A bus to JR Sagamiko
12:53 JR Sagamiko

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   No dangerous spots.

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It was Thursday and the weather was not so good, but/so the bus from JR Takao to Kobotoke was crowded and an extra bus was added to the 8:12 bus.
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It was Thursday and the weather was not so good, but/so the bus from JR Takao to Kobotoke was crowded and an extra bus was added to the 8:12 bus.
Jataki-guchi BS was just 10 minute ride but the driveway walk in summer is uncomfortable, so I don't hesitate to use one.
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Jataki-guchi BS was just 10 minute ride but the driveway walk in summer is uncomfortable, so I don't hesitate to use one.
I walked passed under the highway to Sakamihara, which was open a couple of years ago. It goes through Mt. Takao by a pair of tunnels.
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I walked passed under the highway to Sakamihara, which was open a couple of years ago. It goes through Mt. Takao by a pair of tunnels.
And turned left at this T-junction.
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And turned left at this T-junction.
The road was paved for a while. This road was mainly opened for trainee monks who did cold-water ablutions at Jataki falls.

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The road was paved for a while. This road was mainly opened for trainee monks who did cold-water ablutions at Jataki falls.
24 degrees, and the humidity was high. I already started sweating. [[sweat]]
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24 degrees, and the humidity was high. I already started sweating. [[sweat]]
Walked passed one of many Jizos, roadside guardians.
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Walked passed one of many Jizos, roadside guardians.
In twenty minutes from the BS, I arrived at Jataki where shire buildings were.
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In twenty minutes from the BS, I arrived at Jataki where shire buildings were.
And I found lots of Iwatabako's.
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And I found lots of Iwatabako's.

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They didn't seem to have opened simultaneously this year, though. Only about a half of them opened.
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They didn't seem to have opened simultaneously this year, though. Only about a half of them opened.
After Iwatabaco, I used #2 route to Joshin-mon gate.
This promenade is usually very crowded, but there were not many people walking today.
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After Iwatabaco, I used #2 route to Joshin-mon gate.
This promenade is usually very crowded, but there were not many people walking today.
A small old dog of a roadside restaurant. "Sora" is kind of famous because people take photos of him and post on the web. ^^)
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A small old dog of a roadside restaurant. "Sora" is kind of famous because people take photos of him and post on the web. ^^)
Main gate to Yakuoine shrine
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Main gate to Yakuoine shrine
This was the first time no one was on the picture of Tengu goblins.
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This was the first time no one was on the picture of Tengu goblins.
I walked up the stone steps to the main building.
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I walked up the stone steps to the main building.
Not many people were here, either.
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Not many people were here, either.
I found Renge-shouma, the second purpose of this hike here.
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I found Renge-shouma, the second purpose of this hike here.

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I walked passe the upper shrine building.
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I walked passe the upper shrine building.
I arrived at the flat peak of Mt. Takao at 10:00. There only about ten hikers resting here. It seemed to be too hot and humid for tourists. ^^;)
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I arrived at the flat peak of Mt. Takao at 10:00. There only about ten hikers resting here. It seemed to be too hot and humid for tourists. ^^;)
I couldn't see Mt. Fuji today.
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I couldn't see Mt. Fuji today.
The ohba-giboushi along the trail were at their best.
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The ohba-giboushi along the trail were at their best.
And mountain lilies were at their best along the ridgeway near Ichho-daira.
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And mountain lilies were at their best along the ridgeway near Ichho-daira.
They were very fragrant.
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They were very fragrant.
Okatoranoo seemed to have passed their peak.
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Okatoranoo seemed to have passed their peak.
I made a detour on the traverse trail where many frost flowers grow in winter. Shimoboshira, the source of the frost flowers didn't bloom yet.
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I made a detour on the traverse trail where many frost flowers grow in winter. Shimoboshira, the source of the frost flowers didn't bloom yet.
When I arrived at Mt. Shiroyama, a cat came out asking to feed him.
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When I arrived at Mt. Shiroyama, a cat came out asking to feed him.
Another cat came out. The stand was not yet open so they probably were hungry.
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Another cat came out. The stand was not yet open so they probably were hungry.
There were several hikers resting around this peak.
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There were several hikers resting around this peak.
Mt. Fuji couldn't be seen either, form the next small peak overlooking the Sagamiko lake.
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Mt. Fuji couldn't be seen either, form the next small peak overlooking the Sagamiko lake.
I came down to Kobotoke pass around 11:20.
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I came down to Kobotoke pass around 11:20.
And turned left at the branch a little way back from the above picture's spot.
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And turned left at the branch a little way back from the above picture's spot.
This trail was used as one of the main walking pass until driveways open 100 years ago.
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This trail was used as one of the main walking pass until driveways open 100 years ago.
The trail seemed to have been dug out by many pedestrians over the years.
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The trail seemed to have been dug out by many pedestrians over the years.
Passed an electric tower.
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Passed an electric tower.
And the trail merged into a paved driveway.
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And the trail merged into a paved driveway.
And I turned sharply right at this sign.
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And I turned sharply right at this sign.
Passed an old stone monument dedicated to horses that perished on the road. The Chuo Freeway runs high above it now.
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Passed an old stone monument dedicated to horses that perished on the road. The Chuo Freeway runs high above it now.
Passed an overpass of JR Chuo Lile. It seemed to have only a single track at this section.
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Passed an overpass of JR Chuo Lile. It seemed to have only a single track at this section.
Some folklore about a beautiful girl who lived here, but I didn't know even her name.
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Some folklore about a beautiful girl who lived here, but I didn't know even her name.
I arrived at a bus stop at Sokozawa around 12:30. I decided to wait for the next bus at 12:47.

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I arrived at a bus stop at Sokozawa around 12:30. I decided to wait for the next bus at 12:47.
The bus arrived at JR Sagamiko around 12:53.
It would take less than 30 minutes, but driveway walk under the hot weather is tough. ^^;)
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The bus arrived at JR Sagamiko around 12:53.
It would take less than 30 minutes, but driveway walk under the hot weather is tough. ^^;)
As I couldn't find a good restaurant around the station, I just bought a beer for my lunch. Beer with snack tastes so good after a hike in hot day. ^^)
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As I couldn't find a good restaurant around the station, I just bought a beer for my lunch. Beer with snack tastes so good after a hike in hot day. ^^)
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Notes:(by tatsuca)
   I have posted hiking logs of Mt. Takao several times; but I've actually visited there more than I post. ^^;)
This time, I planned an "annual" iwatabako and regeshouma viewing hike.
Most hikers make a loop trip or a round trip from JR Takao station, or Keio Takaosan0guchi station, but I decided to use "Koushu doujou" trail, which used to be one of the main walking path before driveways were opened.

As it was cloudy and I couldn't see Mt. Fuji, but I could successfully find iwatabaco and renge-shouma in relatively cool weather.

[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. A little easy. If you don't use buses, and walk from JR Takao to JR Sagamiko, the level would be 3. (I don't recommend it in this hot and humid weather. )
- Difficulty: Level 1. No place to use hands.
- Unnerving?: Level 1. There were no scary spots.
- Get lost? Level 2. The traces and signs were very clear all the way, but a map or a GPS navigator would be recommended as there were many branches.
- Photogenic? Level 2. There's no grand mountain view or Mt. Fuji due to poor weather, but wildflowers are abundant
- Come again? Level 2. The Koushu Doujou I used on my way to Sakamiko maybe a little boring to come again, but I'd surely come back to the main trail from Takao to Kobotoke.
- Comment: As there are so many trails in the area, I attach my previous hike reports of this area for your information.
http://mountrec.com/modules/mtrec/detail-1166.html
http://mountrec.com/modules/mtrec/detail-1157.html
http://mountrec.com/modules/mtrec/detail-1148.html
http://mountrec.com/modules/mtrec/detail-1144.html
http://mountrec.com/modules/mtrec/detail-1111.html
http://mountrec.com/modules/mtrec/detail-1098.html
http://mountrec.com/modules/mtrec/detail-1091.html
http://mountrec.com/modules/mtrec/detail-1085.html
http://mountrec.com/modules/mtrec/detail-1040.html

The original Log in Japanese is here.
https://www.yamareco.com/modules/yamareco/detail-1207958.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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