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Mt. Kumotori, a past hike report for the record ( Trekking / Japan Chichibu )

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Date:
31 Oct, 2012(Wed) - 01 Nov, 2012(Thu)
Members: Weather:
Day 1: cloudy with occasional light snow
Day 2: sunny


How to reach:
  Transport: Train Bus
To: Used a local bus from Seibu-chichibu station to Mitsumine-guchi
From: Used a local bus from Kamosawa BS to JR Okutama station

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   Day 1:
10:40 Mitsumineguchi BS
11:10 Mitsumine Jinja shrine
12:30 Kirimogamine
14:30 Mt. Shiroiwa
15:40 Kumotori Sanso lodge
Day 2
5:40 Kumotori Sanso lodge
6:10 Mt. Kumotori 6:30
7:00 Nanatsuishi hat
9:40 Kamosawa BS

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   One day hike seemed to be too tough for me, so I stayed at a Kumotori sanso lodge near the peak of Mt. Kumotori. In summer season, when day hours are long, one day hike is not very difficult if you have very strong legs.

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I chose Mt. Kumotori during the autumn color seasaon. The leaves around the Mitsumine-jinja BS were beautiful as I had expected.
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I chose Mt. Kumotori during the autumn color seasaon. The leaves around the Mitsumine-jinja BS were beautiful as I had expected.
I visited Mitsumine Jinja shrine before start climbing.
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I visited Mitsumine Jinja shrine before start climbing.
11:10 I started from Mitsumineguchi trailhead.
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11:10 I started from Mitsumineguchi trailhead.
A small road side guardian.
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A small road side guardian.
12:30 I came to Kirimogamine, where relief sculptures of Imperial Prince and Princes Chichibunomiya Yasuhito who loved this mountain, were placed on a rock.
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12:30 I came to Kirimogamine, where relief sculptures of Imperial Prince and Princes Chichibunomiya Yasuhito who loved this mountain, were placed on a rock.
I saw several hikers until this signboard of Mt. Kirimogamine, which was named by Prince Chichibunomiya.
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I saw several hikers until this signboard of Mt. Kirimogamine, which was named by Prince Chichibunomiya.
I continued to walk and reached Okiyodaira.
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I continued to walk and reached Okiyodaira.
13:30 I reached Mae-shiroiwa-no-kata col. It started snow and I realized there were no hikers around.
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13:30 I reached Mae-shiroiwa-no-kata col. It started snow and I realized there were no hikers around.
14:00 I arrived at an evacuation hut. I became a little worried about the weather, because this was the first time I walked this trail, so I walked faster.
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14:00 I arrived at an evacuation hut. I became a little worried about the weather, because this was the first time I walked this trail, so I walked faster.
14:30 I arrived at Mt. Shiroiwa. The snow started to cover ground, but I caught up a hiker here and told the trail ahead was not so tough. That was a great relief.
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14:30 I arrived at Mt. Shiroiwa. The snow started to cover ground, but I caught up a hiker here and told the trail ahead was not so tough. That was a great relief.
When I reached Ohdawa col, the weather became better, but fogs flew in.
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When I reached Ohdawa col, the weather became better, but fogs flew in.
15:40 I reached Kumotori-sanso lodge. I had planned to go up to the peak of Mt. Kumotori, but I cancelled it because it was covered with fog and I was more tired than I had expected.
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15:40 I reached Kumotori-sanso lodge. I had planned to go up to the peak of Mt. Kumotori, but I cancelled it because it was covered with fog and I was more tired than I had expected.
Kumotori Sanso was a nice clean lodge. There were about 40 guests stayed on the night.
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Kumotori Sanso was a nice clean lodge. There were about 40 guests stayed on the night.
Not luxurious, but a discent dinner for a lodge to which bearers and copters bring up necessary goods.
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Not luxurious, but a discent dinner for a lodge to which bearers and copters bring up necessary goods.
In early morning, fogs were gone when I woke up and I could see beautiful stars.
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In early morning, fogs were gone when I woke up and I could see beautiful stars.
Most of the guests work up before dawn and started to climb Mt. Kumotori, which was about 30 minutes' walk.
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Most of the guests work up before dawn and started to climb Mt. Kumotori, which was about 30 minutes' walk.
I could see Mt. Fuji clearly.
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I could see Mt. Fuji clearly.
The moon was still shining high in the sky.
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The moon was still shining high in the sky.
At 6:20 the horizon was covered with clouds but we could enjoyed the sunrise.
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At 6:20 the horizon was covered with clouds but we could enjoyed the sunrise.
It was about 10 degree C, but with little wind, it was so chilly.
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It was about 10 degree C, but with little wind, it was so chilly.
Mt. Fuji in this season with a snow cap may be nicest. ^^)
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Mt. Fuji in this season with a snow cap may be nicest. ^^)
After I enjoyed the sunrise, I resumed walking down to Kamosawa BS.
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After I enjoyed the sunrise, I resumed walking down to Kamosawa BS.
The weather was nice all day.
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The weather was nice all day.
The ridge, called Ishione, had nice open views with forests cleared on both sides for fire preventing purpose.
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The ridge, called Ishione, had nice open views with forests cleared on both sides for fire preventing purpose.
At 9:40 I arrived at Kamosawa BS. It was much earlier than I had planned. I could have walked Mt. Takanosu, the next peak to the east.
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At 9:40 I arrived at Kamosawa BS. It was much earlier than I had planned. I could have walked Mt. Takanosu, the next peak to the east.
  
Notes:(by tatsuca)
   This is a report of my past hike; even before I joined "Yamareko" the Japanese version of MountRec. I've been posting some old hike reports that might be interesting and informative for hikers from abroad.

[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 3 of 5. (If you hike this course in one day, it could take 10 to 12 hours if you're an average hiker.)
- Difficulty: Level 2. (There were some points that you need to use hands but not so difficult)
- Acrophobic? Level 1. (There were no scary spots.)
- Get lost?: Level 2. (The traces and signboards are clear, but you need a map and compass, or GPS in preparation for bad weather conditions.)
- Photogenic? Level 3. (The views of Mt. Fuji and surrounding mountains are superb, if the weather permits. )
- Come again? Level 2. (Yes, but a little tough for a day hike.)
Comments: The lodge is very popular so you definitely need a reservation for the lodge on weekends during high season and the new year's day. There is also a tent site by the lodge.
http://kumotorisansou.com/ĦĦĦĦJapanese text only.

The original Log in Japanese is here.
http://www.yamareco.com/modules/yamareco/detail-302542.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 some help for your memorable visit or stay in Japan. If you have any questions, please feel free to contact me through MountRec.


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