Azalea Festival at Shiofune Kannon-ji Temple in Ome

While I was in the Ome area, I went to see the azalea festival at Shiofune Kannon-ji Temple (塩船観音寺). The temple is surrounded by a huge azalea garden with a giant statue of Kannon watching over it.

Above, bell. It is possible to ring it for 100 yen.


Hike from Lake Naguri to Ome: Mount Bonoore, Mount Iwatakeishi & Mount Takamizu

As I mentioned in my previous post, I recently went hiking in Naguri (名栗), in Saitama Prefecture. It is a popular hiking area with many trails to choose from. For myself, I followed a trail to Ikusabata station, in Ome  City (Tokyo), passing through Mount Bounoore, Mount Iwatakeishi and Mount Takamizu. Here is a map of the trail (in reverse direction).

Here is a map of the path I walked (download KML):

Starting at the pagoda of Hakuunsan Torii Kannon (白雲山 鳥居観音), I took the trail to Konpira shrine (金比羅神社跡). From there, I went down the mountain to reach the paved road that leads to Lake Naguri (名栗湖) and the Arima Dam (有間ダム). Starting on the south-east side of the lake, I followed the Shirayazawa (白谷沢) trail to Gonjiri Pass (ゴンジリ峠): The trail goes through a gorge carved out by a river. From the pass, I went on to Mount Bonoore (棒ノ折山). I then doubled back to the pass and walked through Mount Iwatakeishi (岩茸石山) and Mount Takamizu (高水山). On the way down, I passed a temple then got out of the forest and followed the paved road to Ikusabata station (軍畑駅) in Ome City.

Above, waiting for the bus to Naguri at Hanno station.

Above, the Hakuunsan Torii Kannon.

Above, stairs to the Konpira shrine in front of the pagoda.

Above, the shrine.

Above, paved road to Lake Naguri. The closest bus stop is Sawarabi-no-yu (さわらびの湯).

Above, the dam.

Above, Japanese hikers in standard uniform.

Above, Lake Naguri.

Above, start of the Shirayazawa trail.

Above, Gonjiri Pass.

Above, summit of Mount Bounoore.

Above, view of Lake Naguri in the distance.

Above, on the way to Mount Iwatakeishi,

Above, azalea.

Above, summit of Mount Iwatakeishi.

Above, view of Mount Takamizu.

Above, on the way to Mount Takamizu.

Above, small shrine at the summit of Mount Takamizu.

Above, Mount Takamizu Temple.

Above, snake on the road.

Above, in front of Ikusabata station, in Ome City.

Hike from Okutama to Mount Otake & Mount Mitake

A couple of weeks ago, I went to western Tokyo for the Mount Otake hike that I had already done last October. This time, however, I went in the other direction: I started in Okutama (奥多摩) and went up to Mount Otake (大岳山) and then on to Mount Mitake (御岳山). Unfortunately, the Rock Garden there was still closed because of the snow. I then took the cable car down to the valley. This page has directions and details for this trail (in the other way) in English.

Here is a map of the trail I walked (download KML):

Above, in front of Okutama station.

Above, looking in the direction of Atago shrine (愛宕神社).

Above, the Sanbonsugi (Three cedars) of Hikawa.

Above, Hikawa shrine.

Above, path to Hikawa Gorge, behind the cedars.

Above, Tama River.

Above, statue near the start of the trail to Atago shrine and Mount Otake.

Above, stairs to Atago shrine.

Above, Atago shrine.

Above, there is also a paved access road that is not as steep as the stairs (on the right).

Above, Ogouchi Dam and Lake Okutama in the distance.

Above, summit of Mount Nokogiri.

Above, summit of Mount Otake.

Above, Mount Fuji.

Above, Ohtake shrine on the way to Mount Mitake.

Above, torii and waterfall at the Rock Garden.

Above, the rest of the trail was closed because of the snow.

Above, Mount Hinode.

Above, Mitake Village.

Above, wasabi roots at the cable car station in Mitake Valley.

Above, Tama River in Mitake Valley.

Above, Mitake station.

Hike from Yoshino Baigo Plum Park to Mount Hinode & Mount Mitake

After the plum festival at Yoshino Baigo, I went on a hike to Mount Hinode and Mount Mitake. I then took the cable car to get down to the valley.

Here is a map of the path I walked (download KML):

Above, the trail starts in the hill across the street from the entrance to the park. Another option is to go up the paved road until the torii.

Above, view of Ome City.

Above, mountain shrine with a view.

Above, there was still some snow left.

Above, at the summit of Mount Hinode.

Above, view of Mount Mitake.

Above, a shiba inu dog at Mount Mitake.

Above, stuck under the stairs to Mitake shrine.

Above, Mitake shrine.

Above, torii on the way to the cable car station.

Above, area in front of the cable car station.

Above, Mount Hinode.

Above, road to Mitake Valley. The next bus from the cable car station to Mitake station was in 40min so I walked there instead. It takes about 30min to the station.

Above, Tama River.

Plum Festival at Yoshino Baigo in Ome

The Yoshino Baigo Plum Festival in Ome City is taking place until the end of March. It features more than 1,000 plum trees displaying white and pink flowers, which makes it the largest plum festival in Tokyo. The closest station is Hinatawada on the Okutama line.

Above, I had come previously during the first days of the festival, but barely any tree was blooming then.