Hike to Mount Mikuni, Mount Shoto & Mount Jinba

For my last hike in Japan, I went back to the Lake Sagami area. I basically followed this itinerary, except that I took the bus at the beginning.

Starting at Fujino station (藤野駅) in Uenohara, I took the bus to the Kamazawa Iriguchi bus stop (鎌沢入口バス停). I then I went up Mount Mikuni (三国山) and the nearby Mount Shoto (生藤山). There was a good view of Mount Fuji (although a bit hazy) from there. I then followed the ridge until Wada Pass (和田峠) and went up again to reach the summit of Mount Jinba. I then followed the first part of the trail to Mount Takao but actually went down to Lake Sagami starting from Myo Pass (明王峠).

Above, tea farm.

Above, Mount Fuji from the summit of Mount Mikuni.

Above, Mount Fuji from the summit of Mount Shoto.

Above, at Wada Pass.

Above, stairs to the summit of Mount Jinba.

Above, looking back at Mount Shoto and Mount Mikuni.

Above, the horse statue of Mount Jinba.

Above, even hazier Mount Fuji.

Above, miso oden.

Above, on the way to Myo Pass.

Above, on the path to Lake Sagami.

Above, Yose Shrine.

Above, Lake Sagami.

Above, Chuo Expressway.

Above, at Sagamiko station.

Hike from Hinohara Village to Lake Sagami: Mount Usuki, Mount Ichimichi, Mount Daigomaru & Mount Jinba

After visiting the Hossawa Falls, which was actually a detour, I turned east to reach Mount Usuki (臼杵山) and continued to Mount Ichimichi (市道山). Those are two of the “Three Togura Mountains” (戸倉三山). After Mount Ichimichi, I walked south to Mount Daigomaru (醍醐丸) then went down to Wada Pass (和田峠) before climbing the stairs leading to the summit of Mount Jinba (陣馬山). I then walked part of the trail to Mount Takao but went down the mountain at Myo Pass (明王峠) in the direction of Lake Sagami (相模湖), passing Yose Shrine (与瀬神社) along the way.

My itinerary was a mix of this (for the beginning of the trail to Mount Usuki) and this (after Mount Usuki).

Above, Musashi-Itsukaichi station (武蔵五日市駅) in Akiruno City, where I waited for the bus to Hinohara Village (檜原村).

Above, bridge near the Hossawa-no-taki Iriguchi (払沢の滝入口) bus stop.

Above, Hossawa Waterfall.

Above, walking to the trailhead.

Above, trailhead to Mount Usuki, at the Motogo (元郷) bus stop.

Above, summit of Mount Usuki.

Above, summit of Mount Ichimichi.

Above, meeting with a group of deer.

Above, Mount Daigomaru.

Above, at Wada Pass.

Above, stairs to the summit of Mount Jinba.

Above, horse statue at the summit of Mount Jinba.

Above, Mount Shoutou (生藤山).

Above, looking in the direction of Mount Fuji.

Above, at Myo Pass.

Above, Yose Shrine.

Above, Lake Sagami with Mount Arashi on the left and Mount Sekiro in the background.

Above, Chuo Expressway.

Above, first torii of Yose Shrine.

Above, finally at Lake Sagami.

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.