|Otome Kogen highland and Mt. Konara (Day Hike / Japan)||by tatsuca|
|24 Aug, 2017(Day Trip)|
|Sunny with occasional clouds|
|8:45 free parking near Otome-Kogen|
* Looking for wildflowers
10:30 free parking at Yakiyama toge
11:35 Mt. Konara 11:50
12:50 free parking at Yakiyama toge
|No dangerous spots.|
|Notes: (by tatsuca)|
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I have had poor weather hikes for three weeks, but it seemed to be there's no rain expected this time, so I looked for somewhere I can see Mt. Fuji.
The other factor was, I learned Akebonoso bloomed in Otome kogen last year and I hiked the place. But I couldn't find them as I searched the wrong side of the area, so I chose this course hoping that I could see Mt. Fuji and find Akebonoso in one hike.
The result was not satisfactory because I couldn't find any Akebonoso again. I found many withering ones with small buds in the area I thought they should be. I'm not an expert, but I think because of the long rainy season this year caused longer flood period in the stream where this semi-aquatic plants grow and shorter duration of sunshine also affected the buds to grow.
Hoever, it was very lucky that I could see Mt. Fuji in spite that I went to Otome Kogen first and visit the view point of Mt. Konara later. I should have regret that I hadn't gone to Mt. Konara first if I couldn't see Mt. Fuji.
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 and there were not many branches, but a map would help you avoid an unwanted detour.
- Photogenic? Level 3. The view of Mt. Fuji from Mt. Konara was superb. If you are flower lovers Otome Kogen is a must to visit.
- Come again? Level 3. I din't have the luck, but I'd come back to see Akebonoso growing next year. ° Note that we can see them at Mt. Nyuka in September. °ň
Comment: If you are not very interested in wildflowers, Mt. Kimpo and Mt. Kokushi-ga-take are more popular among hikers.
I attach some of my logs of Mt. Kimpo and Mt. Kokushi FYI:
* View from Mt. Kimpo [[YT:NVyAe3zO_ks]]
The original Log in Japanese is here.
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