Hike to Mount Takahata & Mount Kuratake

In May, I went on a hike to Mount Takahata (高畑山) and Mount Kuratake (倉岳山), in Yamanashi prefecture. I started at Torisawa station (鳥沢駅) in Otsuki, on the Chuo Main Line. The 2 mountains are on the other side of the valley from Mount Ougi and Mount Momokura. In better weather, the summits would have offered a great view on Mount Fuji. I still got a glimpse though. After Mount Kuratake, I followed the ridge until I reached Mount Daimaru (大丸). I then followed the trail down the mountain until Shiotsu station (四方津駅), in Uenohara. When I came in the morning, I was intrigued by a large tunnel-like inclined structure next to that station: It turns out is is called the Commore Bridge and is a 200m elevator/escalator combination leading to an area called Commore Shiotsu. I went up there while waiting for the train back to Tokyo.

This page can serve as a reference to reach the trailhead (at the end, it goes a bit further after Mount Daimaru than what I did).

Above, Torisawa station in the morning.

Above, the tunnel to cross the tracks.

Above, on the other side of the rail tracks.

Above, the start of the trail. It looks closed but the door on the right is actually open.

Above, view of Mount Ogi on the other side of the valley.

Above, summit of Mount Takahata.

Above, Mount Fuji with a few clouds.

Above, summit of Mount Kuratake.

Above, Mount Momokura.

Above, Mount Ougi.

Above, Mount Takatsukayama (高柄山).

Above, Commore Bridge at Shiotsu.

Above, inside the Commore Bridge. The escalator is only open during rush hours so I took the elevator.


Saruhashi Bridge in Otsuki

At the end of the hike to Mount Ougi and Mount Momokura, I went to have a look at the so-called Monkey Bridge (猿橋; Saruhashi), which gave its name to the area of Otsuki surrounding it. It is a wooden bridge spanning the Sagami River and also one of the three unusual bridges of Japan. This page has some details on its construction (and the list of unusual bridges). After the bridge, I went to the nearby Saruhashi Park before going to the train station and back to Tokyo.

Above, on the other side of the Chuo Expressway bridge.

Above, view of Sagami River and Saruhashi Park.

Above, the Monkey Bridge.

Above, view from the bridge.

Above, stairs to the viewpoint in the canyon.

Above, at Saruhashi Park.

Hike to Mount Ougi & Mount Momokura

Mount Ougi (扇山; Ougiyama; 1138m) and Mount Momokura (百蔵山; Momokurasan; 1003m) are 2 mountains located in Otsuki, in Yamanashi Prefecture. In good weather, they offer great views of Mount Fuji. I went there on a hike a couple of weeks ago. I basically followed this itinerary (in English). From Shinjuku in Tokyo, using the Chuo Line, it takes about 1h30 to reach the start of the hike at Torisawa station (鳥沢駅). It ends at Saruhashi station (猿橋駅).

Above, the paved road to reach the trailhead to Mount Ougi.

Above, the Chuo Expressway.

Above, first glimpse of Mount Fuji.

Above, statue at the trailhead.

Above, there was still a lot of snow on a section of the trail on the way up to Mount Ougi.

Above, Mount Fuji.

Above, summit of Mount Ougiyama.

Above, on the way to Mount Momokura.

Above, summit of Mount Momokura.

Above, on the way down the mountain.

Above, area with a view.

Above, the Chuo Expressway.

Above, parking zone at the end of the trail. From then on, the path follows a paved pedestrian path (following the stairs).

Above, Saruhashi station is on the other side of this bridge. I actually made a detour to have a look at the Monkey Bridge (猿橋; Saru Hashi) before going to the station.

Above, view of Mount Ougi (right) and Mount Momokura (left) from Saruhashi station.