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Mt. Mitake on a rainy day. ( Day Hike / Japan Okutama)

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Date:
10 Aug, 2017(Thu) [Day Trip]
Members: Weather:
Misty rain, or rather rainy mist?


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  Transport: Car/Motorcycle
Drove up to the end of Yozawa forest road, and parked at a small space. The last 10 minute drive was on a narrow one-lane road mostly without a space for cars passing each other.

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   8:55 Parking space at the end of Yozawa forest road
9:10 Nanayo-no-taki fall
9:40 Tengu-iwa rock
* Rock Garden
10:13 Ayahiro-no-taki fall
10:45 Mt. Mitake
11:31 Mt. Mitake cable station
11:54 Nagao-daira Branch
12:28 Parking space

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   No dangerous spots.

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I drove up on a narrow forest road to the end of Yozawa forest road.
There was another car parking.
I started aroudn 8:55.
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I drove up on a narrow forest road to the end of Yozawa forest road.
There was another car parking.
I started aroudn 8:55.
The first five minute walk was on a paved forest road
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The first five minute walk was on a paved forest road
I'll post pictures of wildflowers I found today.
If you should be interested in the name, please check the original log in Japanese at:
https://www.yamareco.com/modules/yamareco/detail-1219847.html

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I'll post pictures of wildflowers I found today.
If you should be interested in the name, please check the original log in Japanese at:
https://www.yamareco.com/modules/yamareco/detail-1219847.html

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When the forest road came to the real end, the trail branched to the right.
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When the forest road came to the real end, the trail branched to the right.
There was a short rocky section ahead.
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There was a short rocky section ahead.
But soon it ended and came to branch. I made a left toward Nanayo-no-taki fall.
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But soon it ended and came to branch. I made a left toward Nanayo-no-taki fall.
It was just a two to three minute walk to the fall.
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It was just a two to three minute walk to the fall.
I found hototogisu by the fall pond.
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I found hototogisu by the fall pond.

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And iwa-tabako, too.
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And iwa-tabako, too.
These were two of the main targets of this hike.
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These were two of the main targets of this hike.

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When I came up to Tanguiwa rock, I turned left into Rock Garden.
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When I came up to Tanguiwa rock, I turned left into Rock Garden.
As the mist turned into fine rain, I took out an umbrella.
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As the mist turned into fine rain, I took out an umbrella.
The small falls were nice along the Rock Garden trail.
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The small falls were nice along the Rock Garden trail.

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And came to the Ayahiro-no-taki.
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And came to the Ayahiro-no-taki.

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10:35 I passed Nagao-daira.
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10:35 I passed Nagao-daira.

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I chose the left trail toward Mitake Shrine.
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I chose the left trail toward Mitake Shrine.

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The Mitake Shrine was at the top of Mt. Mitake. As there is a small paved driveway to the peak, this shrine is as large as the ones we found at the foot of other mountains.
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The Mitake Shrine was at the top of Mt. Mitake. As there is a small paved driveway to the peak, this shrine is as large as the ones we found at the foot of other mountains.
And I found many renge-shouma flowers at the back of the shrine building.
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And I found many renge-shouma flowers at the back of the shrine building.
This was the last one of the major targets of today's hike.
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This was the last one of the major targets of today's hike.

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I passed an old big Japanese zelkova tree which is said to be more than 1000 years old. It appeared even more majestic in mist.
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I passed an old big Japanese zelkova tree which is said to be more than 1000 years old. It appeared even more majestic in mist.

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I passed San-an shrine, which is said to have benefit for an-zan, "easy delivery"


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I passed San-an shrine, which is said to have benefit for an-zan, "easy delivery"

There is another rengehouma garden near the shrine, where many tourists with cameras to take photos of the flowers.
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There is another rengehouma garden near the shrine, where many tourists with cameras to take photos of the flowers.
As I had taken good pictures before I came here, I could skip the most crowded section.
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As I had taken good pictures before I came here, I could skip the most crowded section.
11:30 I came down to the cable station.
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11:30 I came down to the cable station.
There was no view from the terrace today.
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There was no view from the terrace today.

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I walked back toward Nagao-daira branch.
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I walked back toward Nagao-daira branch.

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And walked down the trail toward Nanayo-no-taki.
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And walked down the trail toward Nanayo-no-taki.
And made left at the branch I made left this morning.
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And made left at the branch I made left this morning.
Passed a rocky spot,
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Passed a rocky spot,
And soon came back to the space I parked.
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And soon came back to the space I parked.

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I had soba noodles with vegetable tenmura for late lunch near Hiagshi-akiru station.
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I had soba noodles with vegetable tenmura for late lunch near Hiagshi-akiru station.
Both noodles and tempra were nice. ^^)
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Both noodles and tempra were nice. ^^)
  
Notes:(by tatsuca)
   I visited this area many times, but this is the first time I drove up and parked at the end of Yozawa forest road. I hiked the road before from the bus terminal at Kamiyozawa, and found the forest road walk was a little too long, too boring, so I planned this one to see how it works.

The weather wasn't so good, but as I found three kinds of wildflowers that I wanted to find and the temperature didn't rise so much, it turned out to be relatively a nice hike.

[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. Not so tough.
- Difficulty: Level 1. There are no spots to use hand.
- Unnerving?: Level 1. No problem.
- Get lost? Level 2. The trails are very well maintained and the signs are clear, but there are many branches, so a map would be convenient to avoid an unwanted detour.
- Photogenic? Level 3. The view of the mountains are not so good, but the wildflowers are nice.
- Come again? Level 2. The forest road is narrow and it doesn't have the width for the cars to pass, so I don't recommend it so much.
Comment: Public transportation is available to most of the trailheads.

I attach some of my logs in which I reported various transportation ideas:
http://mountrec.com/modules/mtrec/detail-1163.html
http://mountrec.com/modules/mtrec/detail-1149.html
http://mountrec.com/modules/mtrec/detail-1132.html
http://mountrec.com/modules/mtrec/detail-1099.html
http://mountrec.com/modules/mtrec/detail-1042.html
http://mountrec.com/modules/mtrec/detail-996.html
http://mountrec.com/modules/mtrec/detail-913.html
http://mountrec.com/modules/mtrec/detail-681.html

The original Log in Japanese is here.
https://www.yamareco.com/modules/yamareco/detail-1219847.html
If you should be interested in my other logs, please check
http://mountrec.com/modules/mtrec/userinfo-629-data.html

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Comments
tokenzakai
Posted: 12 Aug, 2017 6:22 am  Updated: 12 Aug, 2017 6:22 am
Joined: 16 Jan, 2012
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Posts: 23
 Same place on the same day around the same time
Hi,Tatsuca san
As you commented on my Japanese record, I was surprised to have been at the same place on the same day around the same time.
Anyway it was a sticky day.
However, I thought that it was good to find Renge-shouma, Iwa-tabako, and so on.
The last picture, soba-noodle and tempra look delicious.

(Yontousankakuten-Tokenzakai)
tatsuca
Posted: 12 Aug, 2017 8:05 am  Updated: 12 Aug, 2017 8:08 am
Joined: 18 Jun, 2013
From:
Posts: 34
 What a coincidence!
Hi, Yontousankakuten-Tokenzakai-san
Thank you for your comment.

I originally planned to visit here the day before but I couldn't because of a household chore. I was so lucky that the temperature was about 10 degrees lower than the day before and I had the near miss with you.

It has become almost a norm to me to have soba noodles after hikes there days, and I become happier if I come across a nice one. (But after visiting nearly 100 soba noodle restaurants, I sometimes feel "a little" bored and it might be better eat something else, like cold udon noodles. )

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