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Mt. Kannokura and Mt. Sengen ( Day Hike / Japan Okumusahi, or Soto-chichibu)

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Date:
10 Feb, 2015(Tue) [Day Trip]
Members: Weather:
Sunny


How to reach:
  Transport: Train
To: Tobu-Takezawa station on Tobu line
From: Okawamachi station on Tobu line
The trail is part of "Soto-chichibe 7 summits hiking course" as long as a marathon course, 42.195km.
http://www.tobu.co.jp/playing/hiking/sotochichibu/nanamine/
And there will be a hiking event on April 19 in 2015.
http://www.tobu.co.jp/playing/sotochichibu/nanamine/

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   8:48 Tobu-Takezawa station
9:45 Mt. Kanno-kura
10:00 Mt. Sekison
11:50 Mt. Sengen
* Used a quick shower at Ogawamachi Radon Center.
13:15 Ogawamachi station.

Route Infomation:
   No dangerous spots.
There were numerous branches along the course and street walk. A planned route on a GPS device would be the best tool.

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I came to Tobu-Takezawa to hike on low mountains in Okumusashi area. I started around 8:45.
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I came to Tobu-Takezawa to hike on low mountains in Okumusashi area. I started around 8:45.
I walked toward Mt. Kan-no-kura. It seemed the trail is a part of "Soto-Chichibu 7 summits hiking challenge course." It is said it's as long as a marathon course, 42.195 km, and has a hiking event annually.
http://www.tobu.co.jp/playing/sotochichibu/nanamine/#nanamineSummary
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I walked toward Mt. Kan-no-kura. It seemed the trail is a part of "Soto-Chichibu 7 summits hiking challenge course." It is said it's as long as a marathon course, 42.195 km, and has a hiking event annually.
http://www.tobu.co.jp/playing/sotochichibu/nanamine/#nanamineSummary
I went across the Hachi-to JR line.
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I went across the Hachi-to JR line.
And passed Sanko shrine.
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And passed Sanko shrine.
I found flowers of wintersweet with nice fragrance blooming.
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I found flowers of wintersweet with nice fragrance blooming.
The trail starts from this point. The pond on the left was covered with ice by this morning's low temperature.
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The trail starts from this point. The pond on the left was covered with ice by this morning's low temperature.
I walked passed a small hut. The surface of the trail was frozen and rather easier to walk than muddy.
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I walked passed a small hut. The surface of the trail was frozen and rather easier to walk than muddy.
I walked up "Juni Magari" or twelve-turns.
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I walked up "Juni Magari" or twelve-turns.
Soon the summit of Mt. Kanno-kura came into sight.
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Soon the summit of Mt. Kanno-kura came into sight.
9:40 I arrived at the summit. I heard this course was popular, but I didn't meet anyone so far.
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9:40 I arrived at the summit. I heard this course was popular, but I didn't meet anyone so far.
The view from the peak was nice toward east to north. This one to the norht seems like Mt. Akagi.
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The view from the peak was nice toward east to north. This one to the norht seems like Mt. Akagi.
This one to the NE is probably Mt. Tsukuba.
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This one to the NE is probably Mt. Tsukuba.
I continued to walk to the next peak.
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I continued to walk to the next peak.
In 15 minutes, I arrived at Mt. Sekison.
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In 15 minutes, I arrived at Mt. Sekison.
The view from this peak was even wider.
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The view from this peak was even wider.
There was a fixed-chain on the descent slope, but you don't need to use it unless it is very slippery.
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There was a fixed-chain on the descent slope, but you don't need to use it unless it is very slippery.
Soon I came down to a forest road.
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Soon I came down to a forest road.
I found a small fall, and
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I found a small fall, and
a small shrine of Kitamuki Fudo.
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a small shrine of Kitamuki Fudo.
I came up to the shrine and found the slope was more scary than the previous fixed chain.
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I came up to the shrine and found the slope was more scary than the previous fixed chain.
I found daffodils blooming here and there.
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I found daffodils blooming here and there.
A dog came barking checking who I was. I hide the eyes minding his privacy. (And of a chicken, too.)
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A dog came barking checking who I was. I hide the eyes minding his privacy. (And of a chicken, too.)
I had to walk on a city street toward Mt. Sengen.
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I had to walk on a city street toward Mt. Sengen.
But hiking walks were set on some sections.
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But hiking walks were set on some sections.
White flowers of a plum tree were at their best.
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White flowers of a plum tree were at their best.
A wildflower called ohinuno-fuguri.
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A wildflower called ohinuno-fuguri.
Hotoke-no-za.
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Hotoke-no-za.
And a ladybug was moving vigorously in the warm sunshine.
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And a ladybug was moving vigorously in the warm sunshine.
I walked on a large driveway to Ranzan-Ogawa IC.
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I walked on a large driveway to Ranzan-Ogawa IC.
And turned right at this branch into a trail.
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And turned right at this branch into a trail.
Passed by a torii gate.
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Passed by a torii gate.
The trail seemed well maintained here, too.
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The trail seemed well maintained here, too.
It was about 1 degree C, but it wasn't chilly with a lot of sunshine.
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It was about 1 degree C, but it wasn't chilly with a lot of sunshine.
11:48 I arrived at the peak of Mt. Sengen.
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11:48 I arrived at the peak of Mt. Sengen.
The trees were cleared toward the town of Ogawa, which some people call "little Kyoto." Well, I can't stop you if you want to do so.
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The trees were cleared toward the town of Ogawa, which some people call "little Kyoto." Well, I can't stop you if you want to do so.
Then I walked toward Miharashi-no-oka park to the east.
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Then I walked toward Miharashi-no-oka park to the east.
There was a nice viewing tower in the park.
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There was a nice viewing tower in the park.
I could see a "roller slider", one of a few attraction of this small park.
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I could see a "roller slider", one of a few attraction of this small park.
But the view from the tower was nice. I used panorama picture function on my camera and the attached application SW. This looked nice using the original size and scroll it.
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But the view from the tower was nice. I used panorama picture function on my camera and the attached application SW. This looked nice using the original size and scroll it.
I also retouched the boundary with Adobe Lightroom, but I couldn't make it much better.

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I also retouched the boundary with Adobe Lightroom, but I couldn't make it much better.
The main trail headed to Michino-eki Ogawamachi, bu t I walked toward Ogawamachi station.
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The main trail headed to Michino-eki Ogawamachi, bu t I walked toward Ogawamachi station.
A kind of selfie on fallen leaves?
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A kind of selfie on fallen leaves?
I came out of this small path.
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I came out of this small path.
And I walked toward Ogawamachi Station.
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And I walked toward Ogawamachi Station.
I stopped by this small public bath, Ogawamachi Radon Center, but it wasn't as good as I had expected.
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I stopped by this small public bath, Ogawamachi Radon Center, but it wasn't as good as I had expected.
I hurriedly washed off my sweat and walked to the station to catch the 13:22 express. The bath was a little disappointing, but the hike was a nice one with nice weather.
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I hurriedly washed off my sweat and walked to the station to catch the 13:22 express. The bath was a little disappointing, but the hike was a nice one with nice weather.
  
Notes:(by tatsuca)
   This was my fourth hike in this Okumusashi area in this winter. The 1st one was Mt. Izugatake and the 2nd one was a secion of the Hanno Alps, and the third was Kan-hasshu-miharashidai.

The temperature was around zero degree-C this morning, but with the warm sunshine, I could find many things that show the spring is coming closer.

[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. (The BT would be 5:00 for average hikers.)
- Difficulty: Level 1. (Not difficult )
- Acrophobic? Level 1. (No problem.)
- Get lost?: Level 3. (There were numerous branches during the trail and street walk. I recommend to use a GPS with a planned route on it. )
- Photogenic? Level 2. (The view from Mt. Kanno-kura. Mt. Sekison, and the viewing tower of Miharashidai were nicer than I had expected. )
- Come again? Level 2. (It was a little too easy for a hike, but still could be nice for a short winter hike. )
Comments: If you don't have enough time, you could walk straight from Mt Sekison to Ogawamachi, skipping Mt. Sengen.

The original Log in Japanese is here.
http://www.yamareco.com/modules/yamareco/detail-587099.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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