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Mt. Mitake & Mt. Ohdake ( Day Hike / Japan Okutama, Tokyo)

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Date:
12 Aug, 2015(Wed) [Day Trip]
Members: Weather:
Cloudy, but hot.


How to reach:
  Transport: Car/Motorcycle Cable/Ropeway
To: Drove and parked at a parking lot of Mitakesan Cable-car and used the cable-car.
From: Walked down to the parking not using the cable-car.
I didn't know the parking cost 1400 yen for over 4 hrs.


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   7:30 The first service of the cable-car
7:40 Mitake-san station at the top of the cable line.
8:45 Nanayo-no-taki falls
9:05 Rock Garden entrance
10:00 Akuba toge pass
10:30 Ohdake Lodge (closed)
10:50 Mt. Ohdake
11:15 Ohdake Lodge
12:15 Nagao-daira branch
12:30 Mitake visitor center
13:10 Takimoto station at the foot of the cable line.

Route Infomation:
   There were short rocky sections with fixed-ropes below the peak of Mt. Ohdake, but they were not difficult unless the surface was wet or icy.

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This time, I chose Mt. Mitake in Okutama to see Rengeshoma flowers.
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This time, I chose Mt. Mitake in Okutama to see Rengeshoma flowers.
I arrived at Takimoto cable station around 7:00. I thought it was too early for the first service at 7:30, but the parking lot wasn't open until 7:15. More than 20 cars were waiting.
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I arrived at Takimoto cable station around 7:00. I thought it was too early for the first service at 7:30, but the parking lot wasn't open until 7:15. More than 20 cars were waiting.
The 7:30 cable car was crowded with cameramen with a big tripod, who probably came early to take photos of fresh rengeshona flowers .
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The 7:30 cable car was crowded with cameramen with a big tripod, who probably came early to take photos of fresh rengeshona flowers .
The weather was like this all day. But the temperature was already over 25 degree-C, and it was very humid.
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The weather was like this all day. But the temperature was already over 25 degree-C, and it was very humid.
The rengeshomas were at their best at the naturally grown garden.
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The rengeshomas were at their best at the naturally grown garden.
They bloom facing downward.
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They bloom facing downward.
With a small shrine on its back.
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With a small shrine on its back.
I didn't use much time at the garden and kept going. There were several hikers at Sanansha shrine, worshipped for safe childbirth.
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I didn't use much time at the garden and kept going. There were several hikers at Sanansha shrine, worshipped for safe childbirth.
The shops in front of the Mitake Shrine were not yet open at 8:15.
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The shops in front of the Mitake Shrine were not yet open at 8:15.
I found another small garden of regeshoma at the foot of the Mitake shrine. I didn't visit the shrine today, and kept walking.
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I found another small garden of regeshoma at the foot of the Mitake shrine. I didn't visit the shrine today, and kept walking.
I used a trail from Nakaodaira to Nanayo-no-taki fall.
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I used a trail from Nakaodaira to Nanayo-no-taki fall.
The trial was well maintained.
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The trial was well maintained.
I reached the Nanayo-no-taki at 8:48.
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I reached the Nanayo-no-taki at 8:48.
I used a trail to Rockgarden from the fall.
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I used a trail to Rockgarden from the fall.
The trail along the small stream was named Rock Garden and nice to walk in a hot day like today.
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The trail along the small stream was named Rock Garden and nice to walk in a hot day like today.
A couple of hikers were resting at the gazebo.
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A couple of hikers were resting at the gazebo.
There were several small falls along the trail.
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There were several small falls along the trail.
Ayahiro-no-taki fall was the second largest fall along this trail next to Nanayo-no-taki.
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Ayahiro-no-taki fall was the second largest fall along this trail next to Nanayo-no-taki.
When I reach a main trail above Rock Garden, I turned left toward Mt. Ohdake.
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When I reach a main trail above Rock Garden, I turned left toward Mt. Ohdake.
Mt. Nabewari is to the right at this branch, but I didn't stop by today.
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Mt. Nabewari is to the right at this branch, but I didn't stop by today.
It was so humid that the moisture turned mist as the trail went up toward the ridge.
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It was so humid that the moisture turned mist as the trail went up toward the ridge.
There were several rocky sections with a fixed-rope, but they were not so difficult.
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There were several rocky sections with a fixed-rope, but they were not so difficult.
I passed the upper building of Mitake shrine.
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I passed the upper building of Mitake shrine.
A pair of guarding dogs were set in front of the shrine.
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A pair of guarding dogs were set in front of the shrine.
I arrived at the peak of Mt. Ohdake at 10:50.
About 10 hikers were resting.

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I arrived at the peak of Mt. Ohdake at 10:50.
About 10 hikers were resting.
There was no view from the peak.
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There was no view from the peak.
I didn't know the "tongue" of this black suminagashi was red. ^^;)
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I didn't know the "tongue" of this black suminagashi was red. ^^;)
I didn't rest long and came back on the same trail.
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I didn't rest long and came back on the same trail.
After I passed the branch over the Rock Garden, I found a nice spring water. It tasted nice.
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After I passed the branch over the Rock Garden, I found a nice spring water. It tasted nice.
But I found manholes of water and electricity along the trail.
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But I found manholes of water and electricity along the trail.
On my way back, I used a paved trail from Mitake Shrine to Takimoto cable station not using the cable car.
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On my way back, I used a paved trail from Mitake Shrine to Takimoto cable station not using the cable car.
The cable car passed over the trail.
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The cable car passed over the trail.
In this section, I put pictures of wildflowers I found today. If you are interested in their Japanese names, please check the original report at
http://www.yamareco.com/modules/yamareco/detail-696651.html
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http://www.yamareco.com/modules/yamareco/detail-696651.html

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Notes:(by tatsuca)
   Mt. Ohdake is one of the three highest Okutama mountains, but the elevation is just 1,267m. It is not the best choice during hot and humid Japanese summer months, but I chose here because rengeshoma flowers are in full bloom around this time of the year.

As I had expected, the flowers were beautiful, but it was as hot and humid as I had feared. Luckily, I didn't feel so fatigued probably because I've become used to the heat after some tiring hikes in hot days.

[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. I used the cable-car to MItake station in the morning. If I didn't the level might be 3.
- Difficulty: Level 2. There were some rocky sections with fixed-ropes near the peak of Mt. Ohdake..
- Acrophobic? Level 2. Some sections in the above item could be a little scary.
- Get lost? Level 2. The trail was well maintained but there were several major branches, so you might need a map showing the names of the places.
- Photogenic? Level 3. Wildflowers were rich, but when the rengeshomas aren't blooming, the level could be 2.
- Come again? Level 2. The trail is easy to walk and it took less than two hours for me to come to the trailhead, so I'd come back.
Comment: I used a car this time, but the price of the parking lot was unexpected 1,400 yen. I think, I would use a bus service from Mitake station next time, and make a traverse hike toward Okutama station, or Musashi-Itsukaichi station.

The original Log in Japanese is here.
http://www.yamareco.com/modules/yamareco/detail-696651.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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