Autumn at the Koishikawa Korakuen Garden

Koishikawa Korakuen Garden is in Koishikawa, Bunkyo, Tokyo, next to Tokyo Dome City. It is one of two surviving Edo period clan gardens in modern Tokyo and one of the oldest and best preserved parks in Tokyo.

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Lake Okutama Ikoi Trail / Floating Bridge

After getting down from Mount Tsukiyomi, I walked the Ikoi trail (奥多摩湖いこいの路). It is a mostly flat path that follows the south bank of Lake Okutama from the Ogouchi Dam to the Yama-no-Furusato Village. The autumn colors were quite nice in the sunset. Very relaxing after the mountains! Although I only did a short section, the whole trail takes about 4 hours.

After the Village, the Ikoi trail gives way to the Lakeside Path (湖畔の小道), which ends at the floating Mugiyama-no-Ukihashi (麦山の浮橋) bridge (aka Drum Bridge). The bridge takes walkers across the lake, next to the Ogouchi Shrine on the north bank. However, it is sometimes removed in case of drought (this blog should have some up-to-date info on closures).

Above, the floating bridge.

Above, looking west.

Above, looking east.

Hike to Mount Gozen & Mount Tsukiyomi

Mount Gozen (御前山; 1407m) and Mount Tsukiyomi (月夜見山; 1147m) are mountains bordering Lake Okutama (奥多摩湖), in Okutama in western Tokyo. With Mount Odake and Mount Mito, Mount Gozen is one of the so-called Three Mountains of Okutama (奥多摩三山).

I basically followed the path outlined in this Japan Times article. Another good resource is this map of trails around Lake Okutama.

I started the hike at the Ogouchi Dam in the morning and set out for the summit of Mount Gozen. On the way, I passed through the summit of Mount Sasuzawa (サス沢山), which offered a good view of the lake. After reaching Mount Gozen, I walked through Ogochi Pass on the way to the summit of Mount Tsukiyomi. From there I continued west, towards Sayaguchi Pass (鞘口峠) but the trail was shared with the road and I didn’t like it much so I doubled back and instead went down to the so-called Parking Area #1 of Mount Tsukiyomi (月夜見第1駐車場). It was a good decision since the view of the lake and the surrounding mountains were great. Finally, I took an unmaintained trail that followed the mountain ridge all the way down to Lake Okutama and the Ikoi trail (奥多摩湖いこいの路). I then followed the trail for a bit and walked across the lake using the floating Drum Bridge (Mugiyama-no-Ukihashi; 麦山の浮橋) to reach the bus stop.

Above, on the empty Ogouchi Dam.

Above, view from the summit of Mount Sasuzawa.

Above, view of Mount Kurato and Mount Kayanoki.

Above, path from the summit of Mount Sogaku. Mount Gozen was about 15min from there.

Above, Mount Fuji viewed from a rest area just before the summit of Mount Gozen.

Above, summit of Mount Gozen.

Above, leaving Mount Sogaku for Ogouchi Pass.

Above, Parking Area #2 of Mount Tsukiyomi (月夜見第2駐車場).

Above, I had to walk a short section next to the road to reach the trail to the summit of Mount Tsukiyomi.

Above, summit of Mount Tsukiyomi.

Above, mountains to the west. The white structure at the summit of Mount Otera is an abandoned Peace Pagoda.

Above, Road 206.

Above, trail to the Parking Area #1 of Mount Tsukiyomi.

Above, view from the Parking Area #1.

Above, view of the summit of Mount Gozen.

Above, the western area of Lake Okutama. The floating bridge can be seen.

Above, on the way down to the lake. The trail was not marked very well. I got lost at some stage and ended up at an almost vertical section just before reaching the lake.

Above, the Ikoi Trail where I emerged from the forest.

Above, the floating bridge, viewed from the north bank of the lake.

Hike from Mount Jinba to Mount Takao

Mount Jinba (陣馬山; 857m) and Mount Takao (高尾山; 599m) are mountains in Hachioji, in western Tokyo. I had already done this trail starting from Mount Takao but it was raining quite heavily then, with a lot of fog as well. A couple of weeks ago, confident in the stability of late autumn weather, I set out for Hachioji again, but this time started at the base of Mount Jinba. The trail is long but not very difficult. I arrived at Mount Takao a short time before sunset. Since this is the season of koyo (“colorful leaves”) and the Japanese love watching the changing of seasons, there were a lot of people admiring the red maple leaves at the summit. I then took the lift on the way down.

Above, to get to the summit of Mount Jimba, I took a trail in the forest instead of the mountain road + stairs.

Above, the horse statue at the summit of Mount Jinba.

Above, Mount Fuji.

Above, on the way to Mount Kagenobu.

Above, at the summit of Mount Kagenobu.

Above, on the way to Kobotoke Pass.

Above, at Kobotoke Pass.

Above, Lake Sagami.

Above, at the summit of Mount Shiro.

Above, view of Mount Takao (peak on the right) from the summit of Mount Shiro.

Above, on the way to Mount Takao.

Above, red maple leaves at Momijidai, just before reaching the summit of Mount Takao.

Above, view from the summit of Mount Takao.

Above, a lot of people were there to watch the autumn colors.

Above, tengu statue at a shrine.

Above, more stairs on the way down to the Takaosan Yakuoin Temple.

Above, last sunlight on the white pagoda at the Yakuoin Temple.

Above, sunset on Tokyo.

Above, on the lift down to Takaosanguchi.