logo  Mt. Mitake on a rainy day.  (Day Hike / Japan) by tatsucabanner

Date:
   10 Aug, 2017(Day Trip)
Member:
   tatsuca
Weather:
  Misty rain, or rather rainy mist?

Map:


Route Details:
  8:55 Parking space at the end of Yozawa forest road
9:10 Nanayo-no-taki fall
9:40 Tengu-iwa rock
* Rock Garden
10:13 Ayahiro-no-taki fall
10:45 Mt. Mitake
11:31 Mt. Mitake cable station
11:54 Nagao-daira Branch
12:28 Parking space
Route Infomation:
  No dangerous spots.

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I drove up on a narrow forest road to the end of Yozawa forest road.
There was another car parking.
I started aroudn 8:55.
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The first five minute walk was on a paved forest road
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I'll post pictures of wildflowers I found today.
If you should be interested in the name, please check the original log in Japanese at:
https://www.yamareco.com/modules/yamareco/detail-1219847.html
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When the forest road came to the real end, the trail branched to the right.
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There was a short rocky section ahead.
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But soon it ended and came to branch. I made a left toward Nanayo-no-taki fall.
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It was just a two to three minute walk to the fall.
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I found hototogisu by the fall pond.
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And iwa-tabako, too.
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These were two of the main targets of this hike.
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When I came up to Tanguiwa rock, I turned left into Rock Garden.
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As the mist turned into fine rain, I took out an umbrella.
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The small falls were nice along the Rock Garden trail.
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And came to the Ayahiro-no-taki.
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10:35 I passed Nagao-daira.
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I chose the left trail toward Mitake Shrine.
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The Mitake Shrine was at the top of Mt. Mitake. As there is a small paved driveway to the peak, this shrine is as large as the ones we found at the foot of other mountains.
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And I found many renge-shouma flowers at the back of the shrine building.
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This was the last one of the major targets of today's hike.
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I passed an old big Japanese zelkova tree which is said to be more than 1000 years old. It appeared even more majestic in mist.
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I passed San-an shrine, which is said to have benefit for an-zan, "easy delivery"

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There is another rengehouma garden near the shrine, where many tourists with cameras to take photos of the flowers.
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As I had taken good pictures before I came here, I could skip the most crowded section.
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11:30 I came down to the cable station.
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There was no view from the terrace today.
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I walked back toward Nagao-daira branch.
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And walked down the trail toward Nanayo-no-taki.
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And made left at the branch I made left this morning.
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Passed a rocky spot,
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And soon came back to the space I parked.
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I had soba noodles with vegetable tenmura for late lunch near Hiagshi-akiru station.
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Both noodles and tempra were nice. ^^)
  
impressionNotes: (by tatsuca)
  I visited this area many times, but this is the first time I drove up and parked at the end of Yozawa forest road. I hiked the road before from the bus terminal at Kamiyozawa, and found the forest road walk was a little too long, too boring, so I planned this one to see how it works.

The weather wasn't so good, but as I found three kinds of wildflowers that I wanted to find and the temperature didn't rise so much, it turned out to be relatively a nice hike.

[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 2 of 5. Not so tough.
- Difficulty: Level 1. There are no spots to use hand.
- Unnerving?: Level 1. No problem.
- Get lost? Level 2. The trails are very well maintained and the signs are clear, but there are many branches, so a map would be convenient to avoid an unwanted detour.
- Photogenic? Level 3. The view of the mountains are not so good, but the wildflowers are nice.
- Come again? Level 2. The forest road is narrow and it doesn't have the width for the cars to pass, so I don't recommend it so much.
Comment: Public transportation is available to most of the trailheads.

I attach some of my logs in which I reported various transportation ideas:
http://mountrec.com/modules/mtrec/detail-1163.html
http://mountrec.com/modules/mtrec/detail-1149.html
http://mountrec.com/modules/mtrec/detail-1132.html
http://mountrec.com/modules/mtrec/detail-1099.html
http://mountrec.com/modules/mtrec/detail-1042.html
http://mountrec.com/modules/mtrec/detail-996.html
http://mountrec.com/modules/mtrec/detail-913.html
http://mountrec.com/modules/mtrec/detail-681.html

The original Log in Japanese is here.
https://www.yamareco.com/modules/yamareco/detail-1219847.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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