logo  Mt. Choshichiro in Mt. Akagi   (Day Hike / Japan) by tatsucabanner

Date:
   03 Aug, 2017(Day Trip)
Member:
   tatsuca
Weather:
  Cloudy with fog

Map:


Route Details:
  9:00 Akagi visitor center
9:38 Knuma pond
10:20 Mt. Choshichiro
10:32 Mt. Kojizo
11:00 Torii pass
11:22 Gakumanbuchi pond
11:25 Akagi visitor center
Route Infomation:
  No dangerous spots.

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I arrived at a parking by Akagi visitor center around 8:50. Place above 1000m seemed to be in fog.
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I took photos of wildflowers as I walked up toward Konuma pond.
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Turned right at this T-junction.
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There were not many cars on the road, but big dump trucks were running from time to time.
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9:37 I arrived at the northern entrance to Konuma pond walk-way.
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I decided to turn left to make a clock-wise trip to the other end of the pond.
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It was foggy all the way.
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When I came to the southern end of the pond I left the pond and walked toward Mt. CHoshichiro.
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The trail seemed to be well maintained.
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11:19 There was no view from the peak of Mt. Choshichiro due to fog.
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I continued to walk toward Mt. Kojizo
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Went right at this branch to make round trip to the peak.
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As I had guessed, there was no view at the small and almost flat peak of Mt. Kojizo because of trees.
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I came back to the branch and turned around and went left.
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Turned right at this branch.
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The wood steps were a little slippery with moist and moss.
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When I walked down through foggy forest,
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it was Torii pass. I crossed the driveway toward Gakumanbuchi pond.
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And walked a little more through woods,
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I came to the walking path around Gakumanbuch, but it was so foggy that I couldn't see the pond. I turned right.
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Board walks were installed at some sections.
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At the northern end of the path, I wend out a gate of deer fence.
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11:25 I came back to the parking space. In spite of this poor weather, there were more than 20 cars parked.
  
impressionNotes: (by tatsuca)
  I wanted to visit Akagi Nature Garden as I heard the renge-shoma flowers were blooming. But it wouldn't take a whole day, so I looked for a short additional hiking course nearby which I could finish before noon.

Mt. Kurobi is popular as a hiking destination with fine views when it's sunny, but the forecast wasn't so good, so I chose this course hoping that I could enjoy hiking even in poor weather, looking for wildflowers.

The result was even better than I had expected because I could find more flowers those I usually can't find in Okutama or Kitamusashi where I frequently visit.

[Rating of the trail 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 1 of 5. Easy.
- Difficulty: Level 1. No place to use hands.
- Unnerving?: Level 1. There were no scary spots.
- Get lost? Level 2. The traces and signs were very clear all the way, but a map or a GPS navigator would be recommended as there were many branches.
- Photogenic? Level 2. This mountain doesn't command a grand view even on sunny days but there were lots of wildflowers along the ponds and the trail.
- Come again? Level 2. A little too easy for a day hike, but combining this route with other trials might be a good idea.
- Comment: As I wrote above, if you're visiting here for the fist time. Mt. Kutobe to hte north has better views with some more elevation difference.

The original Log in Japanese is here.
https://www.yamareco.com/modules/yamareco/detail-1213657.html
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