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Mt.GASSAN by bus from Sendai ( Day Hike / Japan Yamagata pref. Tohoku)

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Date:
31 Aug, 2017(Thu) [Day Trip]
Members: Weather:
cloudy
2 long sleeves, long pants and rainwear.


How to reach:
  Transport: Bus
::::To Go:::

Sendai 07:05---by highway bus for Tsuruoka/Sakata---Nishikawa bus stop 8:40 1750yen
Nishikawa IC 9:00---by local bus operated by Nishikawa Town---Ubasawa 9:49 500yen

*Highway bus between Sendai and Tsuruoka/Sakata is required to book in advance.
**1 min walk between Nishikawa bus stop and Nishikawa IC - just follow signs.
***the local bus above operated by Nishikawa Town is not required to book and runs daily from Apr 9 to Oct 22, 2017. microbus.
****If the first highway bus is delayed due to something like traffic conjunction, all of the plan might be canceled.

:::To Come Back:::

Gassan hachi goume 16:00 ---local bus by Shonai Kotsu---Tsuruoka S-mall bus terminal 17:52 2080yen
*The bus above is operated on everyday from Jul 1 to Aug 31 + Sep 2,3,9,10,16,17,18,23,24,30 and Oct 1 in 2017.

Tsuruoka S-mall bus terminal 18:50---Highway bus for Sendai---Sendai 21:40 3000yen
**Highway bus between Tsuruoka and Sendai is required to book as well as the highway bus "To Go".

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Route Details:
   9:50 Ubasawa
10:15 Gassan Lift Sanroku stn
---on Lift 20 mins 580yen---
10:35 Gassan Lift Sancho stn
11:25 Ushikubi divergence
12:20 arrival of the summit
---worship at the Gassan Shrine and lunch break for 45 mins---
13:05 departure from the summit and head for Gassan hachi gome
14:00 Busshoike-the 9th station lodge-
15:25 Ontawara sanrojo
15:35 Gassan hachi gome resthouse-the 8th station-

Route Infomation:
   :::Toilet:::
There is a public toilet near Ubasawa bus stop. Very very clean.
There is a room to change clothes, too.

Gassan Lift Bd has a toilet and some small coin lockers.

Summit lodge and 9th station lodge Busshoike have pay toilet.

Gassan hachi gome resthouse,-the 8th station- has a pay Bio-toilet.
There is a pay toilet outside, too.
That is donation, at least 100yen, for bringing water from the 6th station and maintenance.

:::Hiking Registration, Tozantodoke:::
Voluntary registration form and post are put at Gassan Lift Bd 2nd floor.
Please fill in the form about name, itinerary, and so on for safety and submit it.

For hiker from Gassan hachi gome resthouse-the 8th station-, the post is located near the public toilet outside.

:::State of route:::
confort to go up/down the route.
no snow on the trails.
many alpine plants-Please cooperate with preservation of alpine plants, not stepping away from the trails.

*For hiker from Ubasawa starting point, there is 200yen charge-Bikakyouryokukin- with purpose of cooperation in cleaner enviroment.

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Nishikawa Bus Stop on highway
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Nishikawa Bus Stop on highway
follow the arrows.
very easy.
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follow the arrows.
very easy.
"Nishikawa IC" bus stop is just 1 min walk away from Nishikawa BS.
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"Nishikawa IC" bus stop is just 1 min walk away from Nishikawa BS.
very very clean public free toilet near Ubasawa bus stop
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very very clean public free toilet near Ubasawa bus stop
Gassan lift 20 mins.
it runs frequently in daytime, but bad weather such as strong wind makes the operation suspend sometimes.
hiker can also go up the trails nearby.
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Gassan lift 20 mins.
it runs frequently in daytime, but bad weather such as strong wind makes the operation suspend sometimes.
hiker can also go up the trails nearby.
after getting off
that is Mt.Gassan!!
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after getting off
that is Mt.Gassan!!
go up a little and turn around.
the house is Lift Sancho stn.
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go up a little and turn around.
the house is Lift Sancho stn.
Ms."NikkoKisuge"
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Ms."NikkoKisuge"
still flowering!
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still flowering!
"Miyamarindo"???
I am not sure.
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"Miyamarindo"???
I am not sure.
white part is snow
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white part is snow
"Iwakagami"
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"Iwakagami"

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So cute "Chinguruma"
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So cute "Chinguruma"
Ushikubi divergence
go to the right for the Mt.Gssan summit.
go to the left for Yudonosan Shrine.

around here, get to be steep
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Ushikubi divergence
go to the right for the Mt.Gssan summit.
go to the left for Yudonosan Shrine.

around here, get to be steep
Mt.Chokaizan
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Mt.Chokaizan
"Hakusanichige"???
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"Hakusanichige"???
"Umebachisou"???
just a few
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"Umebachisou"???
just a few
step on rocks between Ushikubi and the summit
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step on rocks between Ushikubi and the summit
this is seems like "Hakusanfuro".
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this is seems like "Hakusanfuro".
these may be seHakusanfuro, too.
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these may be seHakusanfuro, too.
the summit
it is likely that there are no sign of summit.
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the summit
it is likely that there are no sign of summit.
the summit lodge
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the summit lodge
pay toilet
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pay toilet
triangular point
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triangular point

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butterfly named as "Kujakucho"
not so rare...
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butterfly named as "Kujakucho"
not so rare...
"Gyosyagaeshi"
means the point blocking pilgrims' way.
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"Gyosyagaeshi"
means the point blocking pilgrims' way.
nice!
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nice!
Busshoikegoya-the 9th station-
i wanted to get corn soup here.
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Busshoikegoya-the 9th station-
i wanted to get corn soup here.
they will not open on cloudy day.
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they will not open on cloudy day.
the sign says
go to the right for the summit for 2h30mins.
go to the left for the 8th station parking for 30mins.
absolutely, left!
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the sign says
go to the right for the summit for 2h30mins.
go to the left for the 8th station parking for 30mins.
absolutely, left!

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Ontawara sanrojo
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Ontawara sanrojo

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Gassan hachi gome resthouse-the 8th station-
food and souvenier are available.
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Gassan hachi gome resthouse-the 8th station-
food and souvenier are available.
Shonai Kotsu bus for Tsuruoka Bus terminal/Tsuruoka JR station via Haguro Sancho.
this was the today's last bus.
that was why i cannot get off at Hagurosan on the way.
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Shonai Kotsu bus for Tsuruoka Bus terminal/Tsuruoka JR station via Haguro Sancho.
this was the today's last bus.
that was why i cannot get off at Hagurosan on the way.
command a beautiful view of Tsuruoka city.

i love Mt.Gassan very very very much.
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command a beautiful view of Tsuruoka city.

i love Mt.Gassan very very very much.


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