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    JAPAN: Mitake and Hatonosu Garden Camp



    I had a free pass from the wife to go out camping on July 27/28 and a weakened typhoon passing the area was not going to stop me. It did however change my plans as I had originally intended to bikepack the foothills of Mt Fuji. Instead I was going to investigate a campground in Okutama while taking the backtrails of Mitake.

    The route that I ended up taking



    Starting back at Kori station




    Trailhead


    By 10am I got a heat advisory...


    ...and it soon got too hot to take any photos...


    ... fingers were always covered in sweat and wrinkles began to form.

    Yay to energy sapping heat and humidity

    Mt. Otsuka rest area


    Mt. Mitake is a popular tourist area that can be reached by bus then cable car from JR Mitake station. On top of the mountain is Musashi Mitake Shrine.
    http://www.kankyo.metro.tokyo.jp/nat...ake/index.html

    Old house on the way to the shrine



    After climbing a few hundred steps up Mt Mitake, I reached the shrine


    There, I bought a charm for safe passage in the mountains and attached it to my backpack


    Took a short break and then backtracked to a side trail behind the shrine.



    Unfortunately I came across a detour that added unwanted distance and a painful climb up a mountain... not happy.


    Finally reached my destination: Hatonosu Garden Campsite (•1500 per person per night - 2pm check-in / 10am check-out, but easily negotiable)
    https://goo.gl/maps/jwoYCyGVCYqoviU57


    The campsite is located at the bottom of a gorge and took few minutes and some switch backs before seeing the area.


    The place is small and run down. Bits of junk that cannot be carried away scattered around. But it has plenty of charm and an awesome owner. Down in the gorge, temperatures were very cool and barely any mosquitoes around.
    However, I could only find one pair of trees suitable for hanging and fortunately I was the only person there.

    The owner only speaks Japanese but gets a lot of foreign guest.


    He will reserve the only place to hang a hammock if you call in advance.


    An icy cold stream runs through the grounds and a little farther away, a waterfall and a deep pool beckons for a dive.


    After setting up camp, I went to cool off in the stream. I only managed a minute in chest deep ice water, barely catching my breath. Rushed back to camp to warm up. I couldnít believe I was shivering while it was over 30*c with +90% humidity above.

    The brunt of the storm passed around midnight and I could feel the wind whipping about outside. The temps dropped and I buried myself under the quilts.


    Breakfast from the hammock ... on a table.
    Luxurious

    Packed up and ready to go


    The rain stopped at around 7 and I was out by 8. I immediately started sweating on the climb back up and continued sweating until I got to the station 20 minutes away. Iíll definitely be back one more time during this summer.
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    Enjoyable, energy sapping, sweaty wander...thanks for sharing, alt.thomas.
    Always good to glimpse another country's culture too.
    Mountain views are good for the soul....& getting to them is good for my waistline.

    https://ofuros.exposure.co/

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    Quote Originally Posted by ofuros View Post
    Enjoyable, energy sapping, sweaty wander...thanks for sharing, alt.thomas.
    Always good to glimpse another country's culture too.
    I just had to remind myself to slow things down. Awesome finally getting onto the ridge and be met with the cooling winds.

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    Thanks for taking us along!

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    Quote Originally Posted by Clisbyclark View Post
    Thanks for taking us along!
    My pleasure

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