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.

Sagami River Koinobori Matsuri

The day before Children’s Day (May 5th), I went to Suigotana (水郷田名), in Sagamihara City (Kanagawa prefecture), to visit the Sagami River Koinobori Matsuri. Koinobori are carp-shaped wind socks traditionally used to celebrate that day. During the festival, over 1,200 koinoboris are hoisted up to blow in the wind (which fortunately was very strong that day).

Tokai Nature Trail: From Lake Sagami to Mount Shiro & Mount Takao

After getting down from Mount Sekirou and back at Sagami Dam, I decided to return home using the Tokyo section of the Tokai Nature Trail. It goes from the dam to Mount Shiro (城山) and Mount Takao (高尾山). I then took the lift down Mount Takao to the Keio Takaosanguchi train station.

Above, walking past the trailhead to Mount Arashi.

Above, Zensho-ji Temple.

Above, hut at the summit of Mount Shiro.

Above, new set of stairs on the way to Mount Takao.

Above, cherry blossoms on the way to Mount Takao.

Above, summit of Mount Takao.

Above, Yakuoin Temple.

Above, on the lift to Takaosanguchi.