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Mt. Sengen and Ranzan gorge ( Day Hike / Japan Kita-musashi)

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Date:
28 Nov, 2017(Tue) [Day Trip]
Members: Weather:
Cloudy


How to reach:
  Transport: Train Bus
To: Tobu Ogawamachi
From: Bus from Kyuyouchi-mae BS to Tobu Musashi-Ranzan station

* I also visited Kawagoe for a short walk around Ko-Edo, old-Edo, town, on my way back, when I changed trains from Tobu Kawagoe station to Seibu Hon-Kawagoe station.

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   Return by: Train, Car

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Route Details:
   8:15 Ogawamachi station
9:10 Mt. Sengen
10:10 Mt. Monimi
11:15 Razan-keiko iriguchi parking
12:27 Kyuyouchi BS

Route Infomation:
   No dangerous spots, but there were lots of branches along the trail. GPS with a map is handy.

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8:15 I started from Ogawa-machi station
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8:15 I started from Ogawa-machi station
After a 20 minute street walk, I found the first direction sign for hiking. I chose the closest trailhead from the station, which went straight at this branch..
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After a 20 minute street walk, I found the first direction sign for hiking. I chose the closest trailhead from the station, which went straight at this branch..
This seemed to be the trailhead.
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This seemed to be the trailhead.
The leaves of the trees changed at places.
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The leaves of the trees changed at places.
The trail was covered with fallen leaves.
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The trail was covered with fallen leaves.
9:15 I arrived at a gentle peak of Mt. Sengen. T
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9:15 I arrived at a gentle peak of Mt. Sengen. T
There was no great open views at the peak or along the trail.
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There was no great open views at the peak or along the trail.
But autumn colors were beautiful at places.
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But autumn colors were beautiful at places.
I found a small plate saying this place is the peak of Mt. Monomi, officially by the Japanese Geographical Survey Institue.
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I found a small plate saying this place is the peak of Mt. Monomi, officially by the Japanese Geographical Survey Institue.
The trail came down to a driveway from the back of a grave yard.
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The trail came down to a driveway from the back of a grave yard.
Maples trees along the drive way were already beautiful when I came close to Ranzan gorge.
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Maples trees along the drive way were already beautiful when I came close to Ranzan gorge.
And I came to the entrance to the trail along the gorge.
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And I came to the entrance to the trail along the gorge.
Color leaves were beautiufl
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Color leaves were beautiufl
A stone monument said the town Ranzan was named after Ranzan in Kyoto which is famous for its autumn colors.
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A stone monument said the town Ranzan was named after Ranzan in Kyoto which is famous for its autumn colors.
It sure was a gorgeous place worthy of the name.
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It sure was a gorgeous place worthy of the name.
The trail ends at the tip of a peninsular like land made by the river bent.
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The trail ends at the tip of a peninsular like land made by the river bent.
There was a path to the river.
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There was a path to the river.
After came back the stone monument, I turned right toward Sensedo shrine.
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After came back the stone monument, I turned right toward Sensedo shrine.
As I came just in time for the bus, only one service in an hour during the day, I got on it from the BS in front of a tourist info facility.
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As I came just in time for the bus, only one service in an hour during the day, I got on it from the BS in front of a tourist info facility.
As I changed trains from Tobu to Seibu at Kawagoe, I stopped by and had a short walk around this KO-Edo, small-Edo town.
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As I changed trains from Tobu to Seibu at Kawagoe, I stopped by and had a short walk around this KO-Edo, small-Edo town.
This place was famous for its street with old wooden warehouse-like stores build more than 100 years ago.
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This place was famous for its street with old wooden warehouse-like stores build more than 100 years ago.
There were many old shrines and temples in the town.
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There were many old shrines and temples in the town.
Kitain temple is the largest and most famous one.
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Kitain temple is the largest and most famous one.
I enjoyed the walk.
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I enjoyed the walk.
  
Notes:(by tatsuca)
   As I have had a slight backache last couple of monhts, I tend to select a short course as the pain gets worse after 4, 5 hours' walking. Anyways. I chose this course, because I read several reports about the beautiful autumn colors of Ranzan gorge.

The Ranzan gorge is like a park, so I started from Ogawamachi station to hike Mt. Sengen and Mt. Monomi before it.

The weather wasn't as good as I had expected, but I could enjoy autumn colors along the Sengen trail and the gorge.

Kawagoe, I stopped by on my way back, was also nice.
http://www.city.kawagoe.saitama.jp/foreignlanguage/english/tourist_information/guide-map_english.html

[Rating of the trail, Kawagoe walk exclusive, 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. Easy.
- Difficulty: Level 1. No difficult spots.
- Unnerving?: Level 1. No scary place.
- Get lost? Level 3. There were lots of branches without direction signs along the Sengen trail GPS with the map would be recommended.
- Photogenic? Level 3. Color leaves, especially those in Ranzan gorge were very gorgeous. I think it could hold until the next weekend of Dec. 9th.
- Come again? Level 2. Too easy for a hike, and there was no grand mountain views, but the autumn colors were nice.
- Comment: The bus service is not so frequent, so if you have average legs you can easily walk to Musashi-Ranzan station.

The original log of this hike in Japanese is here.
https://www.yamareco.com/modules/yamareco/detail-1324126.html
If you are interested in my other logs, please check
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