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Otome Kogen highland and Mt. Konara ( Day Hike / Japan Okuchichibu)

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Date:
24 Aug, 2017(Thu) [Day Trip]
Members: Weather:
Sunny with occasional clouds


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Parked at free parking spaces near Otome-Kogen lodge and Yakiyama toge pass.


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   8:45 free parking near Otome-Kogen
* Looking for wildflowers
10:30 free parking at Yakiyama toge
11:35 Mt. Konara 11:50
12:50 free parking at Yakiyama toge

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I chose this course for two main purposes. One is Mt. Fuji and the other is a wildflower named Akebonoso.
I first visited Otome Kogen to look for the wildflower.
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I chose this course for two main purposes. One is Mt. Fuji and the other is a wildflower named Akebonoso.
I first visited Otome Kogen to look for the wildflower.

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The garden was protected by deer fences.
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The garden was protected by deer fences.

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It looked non-native invasive plants were also nuisances.
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It looked non-native invasive plants were also nuisances.

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I was looking for the Akebonoso, but it looked most of their buds were small or withered. They bloomed this time last year, so the rainy weather for the last couple of weeks might have damaged the plants.
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I was looking for the Akebonoso, but it looked most of their buds were small or withered. They bloomed this time last year, so the rainy weather for the last couple of weeks might have damaged the plants.
I came down a little bit to look for more.
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I came down a little bit to look for more.
But I gave up at this branch and came back on the drive up.
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But I gave up at this branch and came back on the drive up.

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I also walked on the boardwalk over a marsh land on the other side of the drive way, but I couldn't fine the Akebonoso.
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I also walked on the boardwalk over a marsh land on the other side of the drive way, but I couldn't fine the Akebonoso.

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I came back the spot, they are said to bloom last year, but it looks most of them started to wither.
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I came back the spot, they are said to bloom last year, but it looks most of them started to wither.
There were some buds left but they might not open this year. I hope the roots will survive and bloom again next year.
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There were some buds left but they might not open this year. I hope the roots will survive and bloom again next year.

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I continued to walk in the Kogen garden where wildflowers are protected by the local volunteers.
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I continued to walk in the Kogen garden where wildflowers are protected by the local volunteers.

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After Otome Kogen, I drove back to Yakiyama toge. It was just a five-minute drive, so you can walk from Yakiyama toge to Otome kogen using a walking path and trails.
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After Otome Kogen, I drove back to Yakiyama toge. It was just a five-minute drive, so you can walk from Yakiyama toge to Otome kogen using a walking path and trails.
I started from a trailhead by the parking space at 10:35
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I started from a trailhead by the parking space at 10:35
It became a little cloudy, so I started to regret that I should have walked this side first. ^^;)
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It became a little cloudy, so I started to regret that I should have walked this side first. ^^;)

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I used the traverse trail to the other end of the peak of Mt. Konara in order to make a loop trip round the peak. .
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I used the traverse trail to the other end of the peak of Mt. Konara in order to make a loop trip round the peak. .

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It was a quiet trail through forests.
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It was a quiet trail through forests.
It was 21 degrees, much cooler than the foot of the mountain Koshu-shi, where the temperature rose to 35 degrees in the afternoon.
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It was 21 degrees, much cooler than the foot of the mountain Koshu-shi, where the temperature rose to 35 degrees in the afternoon.
Then I walked back toward the peak from the south.
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Then I walked back toward the peak from the south.
I thought maybe it had been cloudy before I reached the peak, but Mr. Fuji was still there. [[scissors]]
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I thought maybe it had been cloudy before I reached the peak, but Mr. Fuji was still there. [[scissors]]

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Mt. Yatsugatake to the west was in clouds, but the view was still nice.
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Mt. Yatsugatake to the west was in clouds, but the view was still nice.
After 15 minutes, I came back using the trail to the north.
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After 15 minutes, I came back using the trail to the north.
A water place below the peak seemed to have been depleted.
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A water place below the peak seemed to have been depleted.

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I used a trail by matoishi rock.
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I used a trail by matoishi rock.
I found many yellow flowers and butterflies near the small peak.
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I found many yellow flowers and butterflies near the small peak.
The downhill was a little steep.
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The downhill was a little steep.

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I branched off from the trail to the drive way to the right at this sign.
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I branched off from the trail to the drive way to the right at this sign.

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I could see Mt. Kita-oku-senjo and Mt. Kinpo to the north.
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I could see Mt. Kita-oku-senjo and Mt. Kinpo to the north.

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I came back to the parking space. Mine was the last to park here.
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I came back to the parking space. Mine was the last to park here.
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When I came here, I found a wild fox at this parking space, and I was kind of hoping to meet him again, but I couldn't.
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* Last year's picture.
When I came here, I found a wild fox at this parking space, and I was kind of hoping to meet him again, but I couldn't.
I stopped by a udon restaurant for a late lunch.
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I stopped by a udon restaurant for a late lunch.
  
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I have had poor weather hikes for three weeks, but it seemed to be there's no rain expected this time, so I looked for somewhere I can see Mt. Fuji.

The other factor was, I learned Akebonoso bloomed in Otome kogen last year and I hiked the place. But I couldn't find them as I searched the wrong side of the area, so I chose this course hoping that I could see Mt. Fuji and find Akebonoso in one hike.

The result was not satisfactory because I couldn't find any Akebonoso again. I found many withering ones with small buds in the area I thought they should be. I'm not an expert, but I think because of the long rainy season this year caused longer flood period in the stream where this semi-aquatic plants grow and shorter duration of sunshine also affected the buds to grow.

Hoever, it was very lucky that I could see Mt. Fuji in spite that I went to Otome Kogen first and visit the view point of Mt. Konara later. I should have regret that I hadn't gone to Mt. Konara first if I couldn't see Mt. Fuji.

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 and there were not many branches, but a map would help you avoid an unwanted detour.
- Photogenic? Level 3. The view of Mt. Fuji from Mt. Konara was superb. If you are flower lovers Otome Kogen is a must to visit.
- Come again? Level 3. I din't have the luck, but I'd come back to see Akebonoso growing next year. ° Note that we can see them at Mt. Nyuka in September. °ň
Comment: If you are not very interested in wildflowers, Mt. Kimpo and Mt. Kokushi-ga-take are more popular among hikers.
I attach some of my logs of Mt. Kimpo and Mt. Kokushi FYI:
http://mountrec.com/modules/mtrec/detail-1011.html
http://mountrec.com/modules/mtrec/detail-664.html
* View from Mt. Kimpo


The original Log in Japanese is here.
https://www.yamareco.com/modules/yamareco/detail-1235032.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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