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Mt. Mitake & Konpira-one ridge in Okutama ( Day Hike / Japan Okutama)

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Date:
23 Dec, 2014(Tue) [Day Trip]
Members: Weather:
Sunny with clear sky


How to reach:
  Transport: Train Bus Cable/Ropeway
To: Took a bus from JR Mitake station to Takimo BS, and used Mitake cable-car service.
From: JR Musashi-Itsukaichi ST

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Route Details:
   8:05 JR Mitake station
8:15 Mitake Cable base station at Takimoto
8:23 Mitake-san top station of the Mitake Cable.
8:42 Mt. Mitake
8:55 Nagao-daira viewing terrace
10:00 Mt. Hinode
10:48 Mt. Aso
12:24 Mt. Konpira
12:55 JR Musashi-itsukaich station

Route Infomation:
   There were no dangerous spots. The south slope of Mt. Aso could be treacherous when it's wet. My guidebook recommends a round trip using the northern side trail.

I jogged to catch the train from Mt. Konpira.
The book time of this course is probably 6 hours. If you skip the ice flowers viewing part around Mt. Mitake and Nagao-daira, it would be 5:15.

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I used the cable-car today. Since it was a holiday in Japan, there were about 30 hikers for the 8:15 service.
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I used the cable-car today. Since it was a holiday in Japan, there were about 30 hikers for the 8:15 service.
This is the one. It took about 7 minutes to the top station.
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This is the one. It took about 7 minutes to the top station.
Looking for ice pillar flowers, which I enjoyed in the recent hike in Mt. Takao, was a secondary purpose of today's hike.
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Looking for ice pillar flowers, which I enjoyed in the recent hike in Mt. Takao, was a secondary purpose of today's hike.
First I headed to Mitake shrine.
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First I headed to Mitake shrine.
I used a path in the northern slope, but I couldn't find any ice pillar flowers.
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I used a path in the northern slope, but I couldn't find any ice pillar flowers.
Then, I used a bypath to Nagao-daira.
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Then, I used a bypath to Nagao-daira.
It was 0 degree C with 40% humidity, and there were a lot of ordinary ice pillars from the ground, but I couldn't find any from dead plants.

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It was 0 degree C with 40% humidity, and there were a lot of ordinary ice pillars from the ground, but I couldn't find any from dead plants.
On the way to the tip of Nago-daira, I could see Mt. Tsukuba in the distance.
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On the way to the tip of Nago-daira, I could see Mt. Tsukuba in the distance.
From the tip of Nagao-daira, I could also see Tokyo Bay.
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From the tip of Nagao-daira, I could also see Tokyo Bay.
!!
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!!
I found some flowery ones by the main street while I was returning toward the Mitake Shrine gate.
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I found some flowery ones by the main street while I was returning toward the Mitake Shrine gate.
I turned right at this signboard toward Mt. Hinode.
I used 45 minutes to look for ice flowers.
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I turned right at this signboard toward Mt. Hinode.
I used 45 minutes to look for ice flowers.
The trail was well maintained, but they say a couple of bears were seen along this trail a couple of months ago. (They are black bears and not as dangerous as brown bears, but still they are not good company.)
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The trail was well maintained, but they say a couple of bears were seen along this trail a couple of months ago. (They are black bears and not as dangerous as brown bears, but still they are not good company.)
I found a torii gate at a coll between Mt. Mitake and Mt. Hinode. It was dedicated to Mt. Mitake so it faced toward Mt. Hinode.
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I found a torii gate at a coll between Mt. Mitake and Mt. Hinode. It was dedicated to Mt. Mitake so it faced toward Mt. Hinode.
At 10:00, I reached the top of Mt. Hinode.
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At 10:00, I reached the top of Mt. Hinode.
There were more than twenty hikers near the top.
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There were more than twenty hikers near the top.
I could see mountains in Nishi-joshu area when I looked back.
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I could see mountains in Nishi-joshu area when I looked back.
I didn't noticed, but the top of Mt. Fuji was taken on this picture.
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I didn't noticed, but the top of Mt. Fuji was taken on this picture.
Like this. ^^)
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Like this. ^^)
The top of Mt. Hinode was very muddy and slippery, but the tail to Mt. Aso wasn't so bad.
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The top of Mt. Hinode was very muddy and slippery, but the tail to Mt. Aso wasn't so bad.
I couldn't find any flowers today. These were flying seeds of some kind.
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I couldn't find any flowers today. These were flying seeds of some kind.
Trees of some slopes were cut down, which is often seen in Okutama area. I think it has something to do with pollen allergy prevention.
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Trees of some slopes were cut down, which is often seen in Okutama area. I think it has something to do with pollen allergy prevention.
At the foot of Mt. Aso, there was a handmade sign saying "Great view!" on the top.
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At the foot of Mt. Aso, there was a handmade sign saying "Great view!" on the top.
But there was none.
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But there was none.
Maybe this one a little way back. They say "Tade kuu mushi mo suki-zuki." or "there's no accounting for taste."
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Maybe this one a little way back. They say "Tade kuu mushi mo suki-zuki." or "there's no accounting for taste."
I used a trail on the south ridge of Mt. Aso, which was not a recommended path on my guide book. It wasn't so steep, but there were no fixed-ropes and could be dangerous when it is wet.
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I used a trail on the south ridge of Mt. Aso, which was not a recommended path on my guide book. It wasn't so steep, but there were no fixed-ropes and could be dangerous when it is wet.
After 5 minutes, I came across this small pole by an electric company showing the road for their electric tower maintenance. It was a relief.
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After 5 minutes, I came across this small pole by an electric company showing the road for their electric tower maintenance. It was a relief.
I came back to the main trail after 5 minutes. There were mountain bike wheel tracks around here.
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I came back to the main trail after 5 minutes. There were mountain bike wheel tracks around here.
There were surveillance cameras along the trail.
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There were surveillance cameras along the trail.
And deep holes, too. It looks like there were many wild bores around here, who are not good company, either.
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And deep holes, too. It looks like there were many wild bores around here, who are not good company, either.
I met many of this red berries today.
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I met many of this red berries today.
I came across a nice bridge, not becoming a mountain trail. It was over a paved forest road.
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I came across a nice bridge, not becoming a mountain trail. It was over a paved forest road.
Winter berries appeared around here.
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Winter berries appeared around here.
Ice pillars still left along the way, but I could find any of flowery ones.
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Ice pillars still left along the way, but I could find any of flowery ones.
12:24 I reached Mt. Konpira, where I found a shrine dedicated to Konpira, naturally, which is a guardian deity originally for seafaring. I took the first and the last fiver here for light meal.
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12:24 I reached Mt. Konpira, where I found a shrine dedicated to Konpira, naturally, which is a guardian deity originally for seafaring. I took the first and the last fiver here for light meal.
I could see small mountains of Akikawa valley.
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I could see small mountains of Akikawa valley.
It looks like this place is a nice bird watching place.
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It looks like this place is a nice bird watching place.
The trail was paved and was very easy to walk. I met with some tourists on the road. As it seemed I could catch the next train if I hurried a little, so I jogged.
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The trail was paved and was very easy to walk. I met with some tourists on the road. As it seemed I could catch the next train if I hurried a little, so I jogged.
I came to the vicinity of the town of Musashi-itsukaichi, but I just keep jogging and caught the 12:57 train. The book time of the last section was 40 mintutes, but it took me less than 30 minutes.
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I came to the vicinity of the town of Musashi-itsukaichi, but I just keep jogging and caught the 12:57 train. The book time of the last section was 40 mintutes, but it took me less than 30 minutes.
  
Notes:(by tatsuca)
   Following the last week's successful "shimobashira" or ice pillar flowers viewing hike at Mt. Takao, I chose Mt. Mitake about which I found some hiking reports with beautiful shimobashira.
But I wasn't so lucky today and I could only find several of them with the 10 mile hike.

However, a cozy quiet trail with gentle ups and down was somewhat pleasant because I could look back events of this year in the brisk winter air, and it was relatively nice hike on the whole.

[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: Level 2 of 5. (You could walk up to Mt. Mitake if you want some more physical challenge.)
- Difficulty: Level 1. (The south slope of Mt. Aso could be treacherous when it's muddy and slippery. )
- Acrophobic? Level 1. (Ditto.)
- Get lost?: Level 2. (The trail is well maintained with nice signboard, but most of them were in Japanese and there are so many branches, so a map and a compass or a GPS is recommended. )
- Photogenic? Level 1. (The level could be 2 during flower or autumn leave season.)
- Come again? Level 1. (Today's course as a whole is not so attractive to come back again, but probably I'll probably come back in the first half for other occasions. There are nice attractions around Mt. Mitake all year round.
http://www.japan-guide.com/e/e3036.html)
Comments: If you want to see the ice pillar flowers, you could have better chance at Mt. Takao.
I put an explanatory map in the previous Mountrec report.
http://mountrec.com/modules/mtrec/detail-912.html

The original Log in Japanese is here.
http://www.yamareco.com/modules/yamareco/detail-564209.html
If you should be interested in my other logs, please check
http://mountrec.com/modules/mtrec/userinfo-629-data.html

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