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Autumn Leaves Hunt Hiking at Mt. Mito-san ( Day Hike / Japan Okutama)

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Date:
05 Nov, 2013(Tue) [Day Trip]
Members: Weather:
Sunny, clear sky
About Mt. Mito:
http://mountrec.com/modules/mtinfo/ptinfo.php?ptid=49
Also, wiki says:
Because it was forbidden to enter Mount Mito during the Edo Period, there are still many forests of enormous beech trees. Mount Fuji and Mount Kumotori can be seen from the summit, and it attracts many visitors especially during autumn. It is one of the Three Mountains of Okutama.


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Parked at Tomin-no-mori free parking space.

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   8:50 Tomin-no-mori Parking
9:15 Sataguchi Toge
10:15 View terrace of Mt. Mito east peak
10:25 West peak of Mt. Mito (stayed 15 min.) 10:40
10:50 Mushikari Toge
12:00 Mito Ohtaki fall
12:30 Tomin-no-mori Parking
* From Mushitaki Toge it took nearly double the standard course time taking pictures, etc.



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At 8:45, I arrived at Tomin-no-mori parking space. There were still lots of empty space. Autumn leaves around the parking, 1,000m above the Sea Level, are beautiful.
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At 8:45, I arrived at Tomin-no-mori parking space. There were still lots of empty space. Autumn leaves around the parking, 1,000m above the Sea Level, are beautiful.
The walking path to the Shinrin-kan museum was closed for maintenance, so I walked up the driveway for a while.
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The walking path to the Shinrin-kan museum was closed for maintenance, so I walked up the driveway for a while.
This drawing at the Shinrin-kan museum shows the paths to Sayaguchi toge. I chose a tough one when I visited here August last year, but I chose the easier one today for the autumn leaves hunt.
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This drawing at the Shinrin-kan museum shows the paths to Sayaguchi toge. I chose a tough one when I visited here August last year, but I chose the easier one today for the autumn leaves hunt.
This is the log of the last visit. I walked through Mt. Makiyose and Mt. Ohhane, to Kazuma-no-yu spa facility in less than five hours. I was so energetic or had guts back then.
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This is the log of the last visit. I walked through Mt. Makiyose and Mt. Ohhane, to Kazuma-no-yu spa facility in less than five hours. I was so energetic or had guts back then.
There were name plates for tree species for visitors, because this part of the trail is part of Tomin-no-mori, literally "forest for Tokyo residents".
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There were name plates for tree species for visitors, because this part of the trail is part of Tomin-no-mori, literally "forest for Tokyo residents".
This Urihakaede according to the above plate at 1,100m above S.L. still has leaves on.
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This Urihakaede according to the above plate at 1,100m above S.L. still has leaves on.
I arrived at Sayaguchi toge at 1.142m.
The sign says, Mt. Gosen in Okutama is about 8.0km to the right, but I will go up to Mt. Mito to the left.
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I arrived at Sayaguchi toge at 1.142m.
The sign says, Mt. Gosen in Okutama is about 8.0km to the right, but I will go up to Mt. Mito to the left.
After some gentle slope climb, I reach a ridgeway where I was welcomed by beautiful red autumn leaves.
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After some gentle slope climb, I reach a ridgeway where I was welcomed by beautiful red autumn leaves.
On the ascending path, autumn leaves were beautiful around the parking lot and around this point.
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On the ascending path, autumn leaves were beautiful around the parking lot and around this point.
9:50 I reached a viewing/evacuation shack. This place is about 1,400m above S.L. Several hikers were taking a rest, but I just passed. (I walked slowly, and I didn't feel like taking any fivers today.)
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9:50 I reached a viewing/evacuation shack. This place is about 1,400m above S.L. Several hikers were taking a rest, but I just passed. (I walked slowly, and I didn't feel like taking any fivers today.)
White trunks of mountain birches against blue sky. This reminds me always of a Japanese enka song, "Kitaguni no Haru" and feel like singing it.
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White trunks of mountain birches against blue sky. This reminds me always of a Japanese enka song, "Kitaguni no Haru" and feel like singing it.
Leaves already started falling around this altitude.
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Leaves already started falling around this altitude.
10:15 I reached a view terrace near the east peak of Mt. Mito. Mt. Mazukari and Mt. Ohdake could be seen from the center to the left.
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10:15 I reached a view terrace near the east peak of Mt. Mito. Mt. Mazukari and Mt. Ohdake could be seen from the center to the left.
I passed the sign post of the east peak and the center peak without stopping.
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I passed the sign post of the east peak and the center peak without stopping.
10:25 I reached the west Peak, the biggest, but lowest of the tree peaks of Mt. Mito. There was one hiker having a rest, and some hikers I passed at the east peak terrace caught me on here.
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10:25 I reached the west Peak, the biggest, but lowest of the tree peaks of Mt. Mito. There was one hiker having a rest, and some hikers I passed at the east peak terrace caught me on here.
Mt. Fuji! A little hazy, but I could see the mountain top.
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Mt. Fuji! A little hazy, but I could see the mountain top.
Zoom in. The way the top is covered with snow is like a traditional wall painting of Japanese public bath.
This site puts up some pictures of them.
http://michikusa-ac.jp/archives/2369469.html
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Zoom in. The way the top is covered with snow is like a traditional wall painting of Japanese public bath.
This site puts up some pictures of them.
http://michikusa-ac.jp/archives/2369469.html
I could see Mt. Mutsuishi and Mt. Takanosu in the opposite direction. I had 15-minute break with quick brunch and started coming down.
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I could see Mt. Mutsuishi and Mt. Takanosu in the opposite direction. I had 15-minute break with quick brunch and started coming down.
The descending trail is equipped with wooden steps. Trail runners might like to run this trail.
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The descending trail is equipped with wooden steps. Trail runners might like to run this trail.
At this direction sign pole at Mushikari toge, I turned left and chose a trail along a stream.
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At this direction sign pole at Mushikari toge, I turned left and chose a trail along a stream.
Yellow leaves of Mizunara? I have no confidence about tree names.
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Yellow leaves of Mizunara? I have no confidence about tree names.
Leaves have fallen around this point.
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Leaves have fallen around this point.
But these leaves are also photogenic.
It seemed I would come back to the parking lot too early, so I slowed down and started to take more pictures and videos.
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But these leaves are also photogenic.
It seemed I would come back to the parking lot too early, so I slowed down and started to take more pictures and videos.
Leaves seems to be back under 1,300m or so level.
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Leaves seems to be back under 1,300m or so level.
12:00 I arrived at Mito-ohtaki fall. This point is about 1,100m. Most leaves left under this level. Many sightseers with casual wear were coming up to the viewing spot of this fall.
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12:00 I arrived at Mito-ohtaki fall. This point is about 1,100m. Most leaves left under this level. Many sightseers with casual wear were coming up to the viewing spot of this fall.
Looking down from the bridge, I could see beautiful combination of color leaves over the stream.
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Looking down from the bridge, I could see beautiful combination of color leaves over the stream.
Looking up, I could see leaves beautifully shining against blue sky.
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Looking up, I could see leaves beautifully shining against blue sky.
When I looked back after a short while, the slope around Mito-ohtaki fall were covered with autumn leaves.
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When I looked back after a short while, the slope around Mito-ohtaki fall were covered with autumn leaves.
There were not many wildflowers left at the autumn leaf season, but this is one of the few I saw today. Yakushiso.
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There were not many wildflowers left at the autumn leaf season, but this is one of the few I saw today. Yakushiso.
This is probably Oyamano-Rindo.
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This is probably Oyamano-Rindo.
From a vista point above the parking lot, I could see a driveway toward Lake Okutama. The mountain appears not so colorful, probably because the coniferous trees are commercially planted.
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From a vista point above the parking lot, I could see a driveway toward Lake Okutama. The mountain appears not so colorful, probably because the coniferous trees are commercially planted.
At 12:30, I came back to the parking lot. It was almost full.
This hike is a little too short, but I enjoyed the autumn leaves and Mt. Fuji to my heart content. It was another nice hike.
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At 12:30, I came back to the parking lot. It was almost full.
This hike is a little too short, but I enjoyed the autumn leaves and Mt. Fuji to my heart content. It was another nice hike.
  
Notes:(by tatsuca)
  

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I came to this Mt. Mito August last year, but as I looked for a nice place in Japanese MountRec "Yamareco", I found some logs reporting autumn leaves are beautiful at this place.
I didn't have a good weather last time, but this time I really enjoyed autumn leaves and superb views of Mt. Fuji and other mountains. (But a little too easy, because the hike length is less than a half of the last time.)

[Rating of the overall course 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: "2. East" level. The section from Sayaguchi-toge to a view shack is a little tough, but a little too easy as a whole.
- Difficulty: "1. You don't use a hand" level. The trail is very well maintained with steps or other means where necessary.
- Acrophobic? "1. Don't worry" level.
- Get lost? "2. You may want a map" level. Direction boards are well managed, but you may need a map because there are many branches to various spots in and around "Tomin-no-mori."
- Photogenic? "4. Cool! You should come here, too" level with autumn leaves and clear views.
- Come again? "2. Time allows" level, but could be "1. Maybe not" level if the weather is not good.
Comments: This course is a little too short for a day hike, but good enough if you want to enjoy autumn leaves, or wildflowers in early summer. Other ideas to make it a little tough are:
1. Skip Mito-ohtaki fall trail, and go strait southt at Mushikari-toge toward Sasa-one ridgeway and bag the peak of Mt. Makiyose-yama, or
2. Turn right at the west peak of Mt. Mito toward Lake Okutama and bag Mt. Nukazasu and Mt. Iyo peaks.
* I just had information the floating bridges of Lake Okutama were temporarily closed due to low water level of the lake. You have to turn left to the permanent bridge if the floating bridge to the right is closed. ** A good news. The floating bridge had been reopened on Nov. 1, 2013. But local announcements might not be timely revised. PLZ, doubel-check information before you plan this route.

The original Log in Japanese is here.
http://www.yamareco.com/modules/yamareco/detail-366364.html
If you should be 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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