Mt. Gojunin at Katsurao Village, May 27, 2018. (葛尾村 の 五十人山 へ 2018年5月27日)

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(Mt. Tatsugo view at Katsurao, May 27, 2018. 葛尾村 の 竜子山5/27/2018)
Early this morning, I left the inn at Tokiwa which was the closest point to Katsurao Village. I headed to Seseragiso hot spring facility of the village, where the trail to Mt. Gojunin started. On the way, I could see Mt. Tatsugo as shown above, which was located within the village, and which was nicknamed as Katsurao-Fuji from its beautiful cone-shaped landscape. This morning the mountain was reflected on paddy fields just restarted to grow rice after suffering from evacuation.

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In the back of Seseragiso facility there was a trailhead to Mt. Gojunin as shown above. The actual trail started from either behind the sign board or right hand side of the board.

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The trail went through the fresh greenery as shown above.

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In about 1.5hr I arrived at a large field on top of the mountain as shown in the pictures above.

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There were two peaks on top area, south and north. The official summit (883m) seemed to be on the southern peak. I looked for the point and found a similar one as shown above. But afterward I checked the GPS data and I believed that the true one existed somewhere else in the neighborhood.

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(Northern slope view of Mt. Gojunin, May 27, 2018. 葛尾村 の 五十人山5/27/2018)
From the southern peak I could see the beautiful northern slope as shown above.

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On top of the northern peak there was a large stone as shown above which was said to be used by a famous General Sakanoue Tamuramaro more than 1200 years ago.

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I could see a view of Mt. Tatsugo or Katsurao-Fuji from here as shown above.

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Mt. Takatsuka and Mt. Otakine from Kawauchi, May 26, 2018. (川内村 から 高塚山 と大滝根山 へ 2018年5月26日)

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(Enkianthus campanulatus at Takatsuka-kogen, May 26, 2018. 川内村 高塚高原 の 紅更紗満天星 5/26/2018)
Early this morning, I left the inn at the center of Kawauchi Village and headed toward Takatsuka-kogen Height which was within the area of the village. It was a hard bike climbing of 17km to the height but hundreds of Sarasa-dodan or Enkianthus campanulatus trees in best season welcomed me. Photo above shows red variety of Enkianthus campanulatus shining under the blue sky.

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(Enkianthus campanulatus at Takatsuka-kogen, May 26, 2018. 川内村 高塚高原 の 更紗満天星 5/26/2018)
Photo above shows normal type of Enkianthus campanulatus.

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In about 5-minute walk along the trail from there I could reach the top of Mt. Takatsuka which was 1,066m high above sea level as shown above.

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(Rhododendron quinquefolium at Mt. Takatsuka, May 26, 2018. 川内村 高塚高原 の シロヤシオ 5/26/2018)
On the top area there was cool and beautiful white azalea just in season called Shiroyashio or Rhododendron quinquefolium as shown above.

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Ordinary wild azalea shown above was also in best season.

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Toward a different angle from the top I could look down almost all the area of Takine-Ojiroi Windfarm as shown above.

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Then I started to walk toward my second destination today which was Mt. Otakine (1,192m). Most of the trail looked like shown above.

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But as I approached close to the summit, I had to take a clockwise long path around the SDF Air Force Base as shown in the pictures above.

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(Shrine garden on top of Mt. Otakine, May 26, 2018. 大嶽根山 の 峯霊神社 5/26/2018)
Finally I arrived at the summit where a traditional shrine from more than 1000 years ago existed as shown above. It took more than 1.5hr to get here from Mt. Takatsuka.

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(Summit point of Mt. Otakine, May 26, 2018. 大滝根山 の 1等三角点 5/26/2018)
The actual summit point which was one of first order triangulation points in Japan was inside the fence of SDF Air Force. I took the picture through the fence as shown above. This was the highest summit of Abukuma Mountains.

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Superb but hard experience on Mount Iide, July 28-30, 2017 (飯豊の集い に参加して 2017年7月28-30日)

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I participated in Iide-no-tsudoi or Mount Iide climbing tour promoted by Yamatomachi, Kitakata City, where the summit was located. It was a 3-day tour with two overnight stays at a mountain hut. Mount Iide (2105m) was known as a sacred mountain which was best suited for experienced climbers, as well as an attractive mountain where beautiful alpine flowers start blooming right after the thaw. It was designated as one of the best 100 mountains in Japan. Although I was still a beginner hiker, I challenged the mountain this time by joining the Iide-no-tsudoi party in order to experience the superb mountain. The excellent party took best care of every climber’s security with experienced leaders, local fire and police officials attended. I was grateful to all of those who supported for the safe trail tour. Photo above was a beautiful Chinguruma plant blooming in clusters at a little walk from Kiriawase mountain hut toward the summit on the second day.

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Talking from the beginning, on the night before the tour I stayed at a private house or “minshuku” as shown above, at a small village of Kawairi which was the nearest village to the starting point (Osawa camp ground) of the tour.

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On the first day, the party started climbing with all the 43 participants and 11 leaders and security support staffs, from Osawa camp site at Kawairi. We headed for Kiriawase mountain hut (1769m) in the middle. It was a hard climbing for me (but not for everyone) with steep rocky trail of Kengamine and Akaiwa. There was no photo for this day because I was busy keeping pace with the party and also because it was a rainy day. We all reached the goal of Kiriawase hut in the late afternoon, which looked like as shown above on the right end early next morning. The mountain in the center was Mount Iide.

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In the next morning we started toward the summit of Mount Iide. First, we met with a stone image called “Ubagongen” as shown above.

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Then we came to another risky rock climbing place called “Ohisho” as shown above. The photo was taken after passing the site.

Climbing toward the summit, we found some of alpine flowers as shown below.

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Photo shows pretty violet flowers of Hakusanfuro or Geranium yesoemse var. nipponicum.

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Photo shows a cluster of Takanetsumekusa or Minuartia with pretty white flowers.

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Photo above shows violet flowers of Yotsubashiogama or Pedicularis japonica.

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Photo above shows indigenous species of gentian called Iide-rindo which grows only on this mountain.

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Finally we made it to the summit of Mount Iide (2105m) as shown above. This was a first order triangulation point.

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On the return trail we could see Nikko-kisuge flower field on the right slope as shown above. We spent another night at Kiriawasegoya hut tonight.

In the neighborhood of the hut I could see some other flowers as shown below. There were many of them around.

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Photo shows orange flowers of Kurumayuri or Lilium medeoloides.

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Photo above shows blue flowers of Takane-matsumushiso or Scabiosa japonica var. alpine.

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On the third day, we left the hut and headed toward the starting point at Kawairi. On the way we were lucky to find pretty pink Himesayuri or Lilium rubellum flowers along the trail as shown above.

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The party finally arrived at the goal or the starting point with all members safe. I was the last member to goal. I really appreciate the full support by leaders and security staff members otherwise I might not have made the goal safe. Finally we had a nice Yamato-soba lunch which was a great local specialty at Iidenoyu rest house which looked as shown above.

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All of us were given a certificate of the accomplishment as shown above. I believe this Iide-no-tsudoi tour promoted by Kitakata City is an excellent occasion for those who want to experience climbing to Mount Iide for the first time.

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