In May, I went back to the Tanzawa Mountains, in Kanagawa. This time, I started at Hinata Yakushi (日向薬師), in Atsugi, east of the mountains. I then went through Mount Oyama (大山), Mount Sannoto (三ノ塔) and Mount Tonodake (塔ノ岳). From there, I walked down the mountain to take the bus at the Okura (大倉) bus terminal. It was a great day, although it was foggy at first. Mount Fuji was even visible from Mount To.

Above, at Hinata Yakushi.

Above, pagoda at Johotsugan-ji Temple.

Above, Sekiun-ji Temple.

Above, start of the trail to Mount Oyama.

Above, view of Oyama Afuri shrine.

Above. Mount Oyama lost in the fog, seen from Miharashidai.

Above, Oyama Afuri shrine.

Above, start of the trail to the summit of Mount Oyama.

Above, fog at the summit.

Above, the fog lifted while I was at the summit.

Above, on the way down to Yabitsu Pass (ヤビツ峠).

Above, in better weather, Mount Fuji can be seen from here.

Above, at Yabitsu Pass.

Above, to get to the start of the trail to Mount Sannoto, I took an alternate trail in  the forest (at the back of the parking lot) instead of the paved road.

Above, the trail did not arrive exactly where I needed to go so I had to double back using the paved road.

Sanja Matsuri is a festival held in Asakusa every year in May. It celebrates the three people involved in the creation of Senso-ji and later enshrined as Shinto kami in Asakusa Shrine, next to the temple. It is one of the biggest festivals in Tokyo, with about 100 mikoshi (portable shrines) paraded around the neighbourhood.

Above, cats on Kaminarimon.

Above, Asakusa Shrine.

Above, ema plaque for the festival, showing the legend of how Senso-ji was founded.

The Asakusa Culture Tourist Information Center is a modern building located in front of the Kaminarimon Gate of Senso-ji, in Asakusa. The top floor has a cafe, as well as a freely accessible observatory with a great view on Senso-ji and Tokyo Skytree.

Above, Tokyo Skytree.

Above, Kaminarimon Gate, Nakamise Street and Senso-ji.

Above, Azuma Bridge and Sumida River.

In May, starting at Kameido station, I walked east towards Edogawa City, until I reached the Arakawa River. I then crossed it in order to visit Funabori Tower Hall and its observatory. I went back to the other side of the Arakawa and walked along the Kyu-Nakagawa River (旧中川) then turned west at the Kitajukken River (北十間川), which goes all the way to the Sumida River, passing in front of the Tokyo Skytree. I ended the day with the Sanja Matsuri in Asakusa.

Above, mini-Mount Fuji at Kameido Asama Shrine.

Above, Komatsugawa Shrine.

Above, Ojima Komatsugawa Park.

Above, Arakawa River.

Above, crossing the Arakawa River.

Above, Edogawa Boat Race stadium.

Above, Funabori Tower Hall.

Above, view from the observatory of Funabori Tower Hall.

Above, looking towards Tokyo Bay and Chiba.

Above, golf swing practice course.

Above, back on the other side of the Arakawa River.

Above, training for synchronized festival dancing.

Above, flood gate. There is a viewing platform on top of it (see below).

Above, view from the top of the flood gate.

Above, Kyu-Nakagawa River.

Above, south entrance to Ojima Komatsugawa Park.

Above, old floodgate.

Above, kayaking on Kyu-Nakagawa River.

Above, Kitajukkengawa River and Tokyo Skytree.

Above, mikoshi parade for Sanja Matsuri.

Above, people crossing in front of Kaminarimon gate leading to Senso-ji.

In May, I went to Maebashi City in Gunma Prefecture, north of Tokyo, in order to visit Mount Akagi (赤城山). There is no actual peak named “Mount Akagi”: It refers to the whole mountain range in the area. Its best-known attractions are Akagi Shrine, Lake Onuma (大沼) and Mount Kurobi (黒檜山). While I was there, I took a series of trails going through some of the peaks surrounding the lake. This page can serve as a reference (although it differs a bit from what I did).

I started at Kakumanbuchi marsh (覚満淵), south of Lake Onuma. I then went up Torii Pass (鳥居峠) before taking an alternate trail to Mount Komagatake (駒ヶ岳) and then on to Mount Kurobi, the highest point in the area. I then went down to the lake and visited Akagi shrine. Next, I walked on the lakeside path northwards to reach the trailhead to Mount Jingasa (陣笠山), near the campgrounds. I then followed the ridgeline until Mount Debari (出張山), after which I headed back to the lake and followed the paved road until the start of the trail to the viewpoint at Mount Miharashi (見晴山), which I visited next. I then made my way to the summit of Mount Jizohdake (地蔵岳) and went down on the other side to reach Lake Konuma (小沼). My last mountains of the day were Mount Choshichiro (長七郎山) and Mount Kojizohdake (小地蔵岳). I finally went back to Torii Pass and then on to the Visitor Center to catch the bus back to Maebashi City.

Above, at Oku station in Kita City (Tokyo), catching the first train of the Takasaki JR line. I then transferred at Takasaki for Maebashi.

Above, waiting for the bus in front of Maebashi station.

Above, Lake Onuma, looking at the red bridge of Akagi shrine.

Above, Kakumanfuchi Marsh, with Mount Kojizoh in the background.

Above, view from Torii Pass.

Above, start of the trail (unmarked at the beginning) to Mount Komagatake.

Above, view from the summit of Mount Komagatake.

Above, torii and shrine near the summit of Mount Kurobi.

Above, rest area north of the summit of Mount Kurobi.

Above, on the way down to Lake Onuma.

Above, Akagi shrine seen from the trail.

Above, Akagi shrine.

Above, on the lakeside path.

Above, on the way to Mount Jingasa.

Above, view from the summit of Mount Debari.

Above, back at Lake Onuma.

Above, on the way to Mount Miharashi.

Above, access road seen from the summit of Mount Miharashi.

Above, on the way to Mount Jizodake.

Above, antennas at the summit of Mount Jizodake.

Above, Lake Konuma.

Above, Chi-no-Ike (血の池), literally Blood Pond. I thought it would have more red and be a pond…

Above, at Lake Konuma.

Above, on the trail to Mount Choshichiro.

Above, summit of Kojizohdake. I saw a deer there but it fled before I could take a picture.

Above, back at Torii Pass.

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Hanazono Shrine Festival @ Shinjuku

Hanazono Shrine Festival @ Shinjuku

Hanazono Shrine Festival @ Shinjuku

Hanazono Shrine Festival @ Shinjuku

Hanazono Shrine Festival @ Shinjuku

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