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Mt. Ohkurataka-maru & Mt. Hamaiba-maru ( Day Hike / Japan Okuchichibu)

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Date:
21 Sep, 2017(Thu) [Day Trip]
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Parked at a free space near Yunosawa toge.
Also, parked at a free parking space near Otome-kogen lodge to visit the park on my way back.

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   7:35 Trailhead at Yunosawa toge.
8:02 Mt. Ohkurataka-maru
8:30 Mt. Hamaiba-maru
9:10 Kome-sshoi toge
10:11 Mt. Hamaiba-maru
10:40 Mt. Ohkuartaka-maru 11:00
11:25 Parking at Yunosawa toge

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I drove and parked at a parking space near Yunosawa toge. I started at 7:35
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I drove and parked at a parking space near Yunosawa toge. I started at 7:35
Yunosawa toge pass is just a minute walk. I made right toward Mt. Ohkurataka-maru. The ridge on the left leads to Daibosatsu toge.
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Yunosawa toge pass is just a minute walk. I made right toward Mt. Ohkurataka-maru. The ridge on the left leads to Daibosatsu toge.
I came to a deer fence door in five minutes.
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I came to a deer fence door in five minutes.
There was a nice wildflower field in the fence. It looked the fence worked perfectly to prevent wildflowers, which are eaten up by deer otherwise.
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There was a nice wildflower field in the fence. It looked the fence worked perfectly to prevent wildflowers, which are eaten up by deer otherwise.
As I had some fear maybe Mt. Fuji would be covered in clouds if I reached the view point later, so I didn't take time for the pictures of the flowers on the way.
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As I had some fear maybe Mt. Fuji would be covered in clouds if I reached the view point later, so I didn't take time for the pictures of the flowers on the way.
8:02 When I came up to the first view point, I could see Mt. Fuji.
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8:02 When I came up to the first view point, I could see Mt. Fuji.
There were some high clouds, but luckily no clouds around Mt. Fuji. [[scissors]]
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There were some high clouds, but luckily no clouds around Mt. Fuji. [[scissors]]
A panoramic view.
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A panoramic view.
Names of the mountains.
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Names of the mountains.
Mt. Warusawa-dake was in the center beyond Koufu basin.
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Mt. Warusawa-dake was in the center beyond Koufu basin.
Mt. Komogatake was in the right.
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Mt. Komogatake was in the right.
I could see Mt. Norikura far beyond Mt. Nyuukasa
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I could see Mt. Norikura far beyond Mt. Nyuukasa
I didn't stay long and resumed walking toward Mt. Hamaiba-maru.
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I didn't stay long and resumed walking toward Mt. Hamaiba-maru.
I could see Mt. Fuji several times on the trail.
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I could see Mt. Fuji several times on the trail.
I arrived at Mt. Hamaiba-maru 8:28. There were trees around this peak and not much view.
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I arrived at Mt. Hamaiba-maru 8:28. There were trees around this peak and not much view.
A stone marker of Japanese Geology Survey Institute.
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A stone marker of Japanese Geology Survey Institute.
There was a view toward Mt. Fuji through trees, whicy were probably cut for the view.
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There was a view toward Mt. Fuji through trees, whicy were probably cut for the view.
There was better view from the ridge toward Mt. Tenkaishi.
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There was better view from the ridge toward Mt. Tenkaishi.
17 degrees, 47%. I only sweated when I climbed up.
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17 degrees, 47%. I only sweated when I climbed up.
The slope was slippery in this section.
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The slope was slippery in this section.
Nobitaki, I think.
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Nobitaki, I think.
Trees fell on the trail and traces were invisible at a couple of spots before Tenka-ishi. Basically, the trail is on the ridge, so if you keep walking on the highest line, you'll be soon back to the trail.
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Trees fell on the trail and traces were invisible at a couple of spots before Tenka-ishi. Basically, the trail is on the ridge, so if you keep walking on the highest line, you'll be soon back to the trail.
Tenka-ishi is a small peak with a big rock on it.
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Tenka-ishi is a small peak with a big rock on it.
9:09 I came down to Komesshoi toge and turned around and came back the same way. Because I walked from this point forward in a previous hike, and I just connected my trip log from Daibosatu to Mt. Takiko, which was the main purpose of this hike.
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9:09 I came down to Komesshoi toge and turned around and came back the same way. Because I walked from this point forward in a previous hike, and I just connected my trip log from Daibosatu to Mt. Takiko, which was the main purpose of this hike.
I took pictures of flowers and birds on my way back.
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I took pictures of flowers and birds on my way back.

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10:11 Mt. Hamaiba-maru again.
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10:11 Mt. Hamaiba-maru again.

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10:48 Mt. Ohkurataka-maru
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10:48 Mt. Ohkurataka-maru

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This place in deer fence seemed to be named "flower field of Yunosawa-toge"
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This place in deer fence seemed to be named "flower field of Yunosawa-toge"
I found a plaque of fireman squirrel, the Japanese version of "Smoky Bear" fell from the tree.
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I found a plaque of fireman squirrel, the Japanese version of "Smoky Bear" fell from the tree.

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11:26 Yunosawa toge
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11:26 Yunosawa toge
And came back to the parking space.
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And came back to the parking space.
I stopped at a hot spa facility to have lunch.
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I stopped at a hot spa facility to have lunch.
Tempura Soba noodles were okay.
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Tempura Soba noodles were okay.
After the lunch I drove one hour to Otome kogen to look for Akebonoso.
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After the lunch I drove one hour to Otome kogen to look for Akebonoso.
This is not.
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This is not.
I walked around 20 minutes, but I couldn't find it. So I and gave up and came back to the parking, where I found a hiker couple preparing to leave. To my surprise, they said they found one and kindly teach me where it was.
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I walked around 20 minutes, but I couldn't find it. So I and gave up and came back to the parking, where I found a hiker couple preparing to leave. To my surprise, they said they found one and kindly teach me where it was.
Yes!
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Yes!
It looked most of the flowers fell already, but I found a couple of stocks still blooming.
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It looked most of the flowers fell already, but I found a couple of stocks still blooming.
It turned out to be a very nice hike.
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It turned out to be a very nice hike.
  
Notes:(by tatsuca)
   This hike plan, a round-trip from Yunosawa-toge to Komeshoi toge. might be a little unusual for an independent hike. Probably a one-way trip from somewhere near Daibasatsu to hamaiba would be preferred rather than walking the same trail twice. But I chose this plan because I wanted to visit Otomea-kogen to look for Akebonoso after this short hike, to make this hike shorter than usual.

Fortunately, the weather was nice and I could enjoy the grand view of Mt. Fuj, and I could also find Akebonoso at Otomme-koge, where I couldn't find it when I visiited it a month ago.

[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 1. There were a couple of slippery muddy slopes between Hamiba and Komesshoi, but there were no other place to use hands.
- Unnerving?: Level 1. No scary place.
Get lost? Level 2. The traces are clear, but there are a couple of spots where trees fell over and you can't follow the traces. bringing a map and a compass or a GPS would be recommended just in case you miss the traces.
- Photogenic? Level 3. If the weather is good Mt. Fuji is beautiful. The two flower fields along the trail were also nice, if you are a flower lover.
- Come again? Level 2. Hopefully, a fine day when I can see Mt. Fuji.
- Comment: If you have stronger than average legs, walking form Daibaosatsu to Keitokuin BS or even JR Hatsukari station may be possible.

I attach some log in Japanese. Please note these hikers are super-strong:
https://www.yamareco.com/modules/yamareco/detail-1245953.html
https://www.yamareco.com/modules/yamareco/detail-1260707.html
https://www.yamareco.com/modules/yamareco/detail-1253234.html

The original log of this hike in Japanese is here.
https://www.yamareco.com/modules/yamareco/detail-1263272.html
If you are interested in my other logs, please check
http://mountrec.com/modules/mtrec/userinfo-629-data.html

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