logo  Minaimi Takao looking for wildflowers  (Day Hike / Japan) by tatsucabanner

Date:
   11 Oct, 2017(Day Trip)
Member:
   tatsuca
Weather:
  Cloudy, or high fog.

Map:


Route Details:
  10:25 Umenoki-daira BS
11:55 Misawa Toge
13:20 Yotsutsuji
13:35 Takahashiya noodle restaurant at Takaosanguchi.
Route Infomation:
  No dangerous spots.

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This is the target of this hike plan. Akebonoso.
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I visited the same place several days ago, but I couldn't find them at the time.
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This time, I lucked out and met hikers who knew where they grew.
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One of them were an Westerner hiker, who also looking for flowers.
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I was asked the name of this one, but this was the first time I saw this. Luckily another hiker, who let me know this place a while ago, and let us know this was koshiogama.
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The Westerner also showed me this rare wild plant, yamahozuki. I was surprised to know that there was flower-loving hikers from abroad in Takao area. ^^;)
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Anyway, I started from Takaosan-guchi station.
It takes only 20 minutes to Umenoki-daira branch, but I chose to used a local bus.
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I heard much sound of wild birds during the hike, but this kite was the only one I could take a picture of.
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The bus left 10:20 about 5 minutes late from the schedule and arrived at Umenoki-daira BS in just 5 minutes.
I started walking and turned left from this branch into a hiking trail.
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I took pictures of wildflowers while hiking as usual.
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Soon I passed a famous Japanese style restaurant, Ukai-chikutei.
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And then passed an elderly nursing home, Fukujuen.
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And passed the final building along the trail, Takao Green-house community center.
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I arrived at Misawa-toge around 11:55. It took longer than usual as I was looking for Akebonoso.
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I turned left on the ridge and walked toward Kusato-toge.
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It was a little hazy and even Lake Shiroyama below was in the haze.
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From Kusato toge I could see Mt. Takao to the north, but it was also in the haze.
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There were several small peaks toward Yotsutsuji.
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13:20 I finally got to Yotsutsuji and turend left. (If you want do walk some more small peaks, you can just go straight toward JR Takao station. It would take an hour more.
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The trial came out to this narrow aisle between private houses. ^^;)
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And I came back to Kiyotaki station.
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To stop by a famous, and my favorite soba noodle restaurant, Takahashiya.
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The cold soba noodles with tempura were really nice.
  
impressionNotes: (by tatsuca)
  I visited this area some days ago to find Akebonoso but I couldn't. So I checked other hikers' report and planned this visit nailing down several spots where they might grow.

I couldn't find them at a couple of spots at the beginning, but fortunately I met another flower-lover hiker, who knew where they grow.
As I started to look for them around the spot I was told, I met another hiker, who apparently came from abroad, and he showed me where they grow.
He seemed to be very knowledgeable about wildflowers and healso showed me koshiogama and yamahozuki. (I was asked about koshiogama, but I didn't know what it is, but the first hiker who let me know this spot caught up and let us know the name. ^^;)
I didn't know there were flower-lover hikers from abroad, and it was a nice "ichigo ichie" or "once-in-a-lifetime encounter (hence should be cherished as such)" but I also felt and hoped we would meet again someday.

[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. relatively easy, but the small peaks on Kusato ridge were a little tiring.
- Difficulty: Level 1. There was no place to use hands.
- Unnerving?: Level 1. No scary place.
Get lost? Level 2. The traces are clear, but there are many branches, so a map and a compass or a GPS would be recommended.
- Photogenic? Level 2. There are no nice mountain views along this course, so if you are not interested in wildflowers, the level could be 1.
- Come again? Level 2. As I am fond of taking pictures of wildflowers, I'd be come back next year to see Akebonoso.
- Comment: I turned left at Yotsutsuji and came back to Takaosanguchi station, but you can also to straight to JR Takao station, if you'd like to hike some more.

The original log of this hike in Japanese is here.
https://www.yamareco.com/modules/yamareco/detail-1287305.html
If you are interested in my other logs, please check
http://mountrec.com/modules/mtrec/userinfo-629-data.html

This hike concluded my Akebonoso hikes this season, and I made a YouTube "Late Summer with Akebonoso" :[[YT:BrietVR89jM]]
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