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Unotawa & Mt. Ohmochi ( Day Hike / Japan Okumusashi)

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Date:
07 Nov, 2017(Tue) [Day Trip]
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Park at a space near Yokokura forest road starting point.

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   9:40 Parking space
11:26 Unotawa
12:07 Ohmochi-yama-no-kata
12:15 Mt. Ohmochi
13:07 Tsumasaka toge
13:33 Parking space

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I drove a narrow forest road and parked at the starting point of Yokokura forest road around 9:45. There was a small space that a few cars can park.
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I drove a narrow forest road and parked at the starting point of Yokokura forest road around 9:45. There was a small space that a few cars can park.
I walked back a couple of minutes and turn at this branch.
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I walked back a couple of minutes and turn at this branch.
The first section was a paved road, but some spots were covered with thin running water and a little slippery.
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The first section was a paved road, but some spots were covered with thin running water and a little slippery.
After a 30 minute walk, I came to the end of the paved road, where a small parking space was.
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After a 30 minute walk, I came to the end of the paved road, where a small parking space was.
The trail was along a beautiful stream.
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The trail was along a beautiful stream.
The last section below the ridge was a little steep.
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The last section below the ridge was a little steep.
When I came near to the ridge, colored leaves appeared.
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When I came near to the ridge, colored leaves appeared.
I arrived at Unotawa, or cormorant's marsh, around 11:20. The place once said to be a marsh, but it is now dry up, but there weren't any trees growing yet.
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I arrived at Unotawa, or cormorant's marsh, around 11:20. The place once said to be a marsh, but it is now dry up, but there weren't any trees growing yet.
After taking pictures, I continued to walk toward Ohmochi-yama-no-kata, or the shoulder of Mt. Ohmochi. The autumn colors were stunning along the trail.
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After taking pictures, I continued to walk toward Ohmochi-yama-no-kata, or the shoulder of Mt. Ohmochi. The autumn colors were stunning along the trail.
After a ten-minute moderate climb, I came to a spot where I could have a nice command toward northeast.
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After a ten-minute moderate climb, I came to a spot where I could have a nice command toward northeast.
I arrived at Ohmochi-yama-no-kata at 12:07, and turned left towards the peak of Mt. Ohmochi.
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I arrived at Ohmochi-yama-no-kata at 12:07, and turned left towards the peak of Mt. Ohmochi.
I could see the peak of the Mt. Fuji through trees on the way.
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I could see the peak of the Mt. Fuji through trees on the way.
The peak was just several minute walk. Mt. Fuji couldn't be seen from this peak because of the small peak in front of this peak.
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The peak was just several minute walk. Mt. Fuji couldn't be seen from this peak because of the small peak in front of this peak.
I turned around and walked back toward the kata and Tsumasaka toge.
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I turned around and walked back toward the kata and Tsumasaka toge.
The color leaves around 1000m were at their best.
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The color leaves around 1000m were at their best.
13:07 I arrived at Tsumasaka toge.
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13:07 I arrived at Tsumasaka toge.
I took a picture of Mt. Buko and turned right to the parking space.
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I took a picture of Mt. Buko and turned right to the parking space.
The trail was very well maintained.
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The trail was very well maintained.
And came out at this point to a forest road.
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And came out at this point to a forest road.
I passed a huge rock and in 20 minutes, I came down to the parking space I parked.
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I passed a huge rock and in 20 minutes, I came down to the parking space I parked.
  
Notes:(by tatsuca)
   Unotawa is one of the popular hiker's destination in Okumusashi, but the access is not so good, so tourists usually don't visit.

I visited here once before in spring, but I heard the autumn colors were nice, so I planned this one.

The autumn color in this area seemed to be a week earlier than usual, but I could enjoy the beautiful red and yellow leaves along the trail.

I made a video of this 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. relatively easy.
- Difficulty: Level 1. No place to scramble.
- Unnerving?: Level 1. No scary place.
- Get lost? Level 2. The traces are clear in most part, but some sections at the last leg to Unatawa were covered by leaves and I had to look for red tapes to follow it.
- Photogenic? Level 3. The color leaves already passed their peak at the higher places, but they were still enjoyable on the lower ridges.
- Come again? Level 3. I'd come back to see the peak of color leaves someday.
- Comment: I chose a shorter trail this time using a car, but a bus service to Nago is available from Seibu Hahno station.
https://www.navitime.co.jp/diagram/bus/00124293/00029154/1/
* Note that some buses on the list don't go to the Nago terminal.

As I wrote, this place was very nice, but personally I prefer Tnaba-Dendeiro I visited last year, because the terrain and the number of color leaves were more enjoyable.
* The log I wrote at the time and the Youtube video:
http://mountrec.com/modules/mtrec/detail-1123.html



** This is the one I made after Mt. Mitoh in 2013, JFYR
http://mountrec.com/modules/mtrec/detail-764.html



The original log of this hike in Japanese is here.
https://www.yamareco.com/modules/yamareco/detail-1307375.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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