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Japan Hiking Mount Tanzawa Shibusawa

11 November 2017

All the views

Hiking Mount Tanzawa from Shibusawa station and the amazing views of Mount Fuji

OK, I took 43 pictures today, so this description will be brief, and lacking any kind of tangents or bonus observations not related to the day.
I went to Mount Tanzawa, from Yokohama.
This required 3 trains and a bus.
First train just a local one to the main Yokohama station, I was in a hurry otherwise I would walk.
Second train from Yokohama to Ebina.
Third train from Ebina to Shibusawa.
Then just enought time to leap on the awaiting bus full of hikers to the trail start point.

Everything lined up perfectly, and the return trip was also very smooth.

Today was a fantastic hike, long, but amazing views the whole day.
When I started, it was a bit cloudy, but then Fuji came out and was there for hours.
There were colorful leaves lower down, bamboo forests higher up, rocks, steps, 2 peaks.
In addition to Fuji there are also views of the entire coastline including Yokohama, and also all of Tokyo.

Total time on the trail was about 6.5 hours, somewhere over 20km, with only a brief stop at the second summit.
I then ran back down wherever I could, many other people stay in one of the mountain huts overnight before returning, or going down the other side the next morning.
One of the reasons to do this is so you can see Fuji during the sunrise, when its likely to be cloud free, but it was cloud free for hours so I dont feel as though I missed out.
Onto the pics.

Japan-Hiking-Mount Tanzawa-Shibusawa - This is a very popular hike, and its a Saturday. There is a large carpark, information building, cafe etc. Also frequent buses on Saturday. I was ther

This is a very popular hike, and its a Saturday. There is a large carpark, information building, cafe etc. Also frequent buses on Saturday.
I was there early, but my bus was packed to the gills with hikers. Actually the entire train was hikers.
My two eventual peaks are at the back of this photo - beyond the ugly wires and the pine trees.


Japan-Hiking-Mount Tanzawa-Shibusawa - I think this sign is warning about leeches. Maybe this is why I am the only person ever to wear shorts in Japan. I dont think its leech season.

I think this sign is warning about leeches. Maybe this is why I am the only person ever to wear shorts in Japan.
I dont think its leech season.


Japan-Hiking-Mount Tanzawa-Shibusawa - Those arent actually where I was going, I think mine are around to the left up the valley, I hate the wires.

Those arent actually where I was going, I think mine are around to the left up the valley, I hate the wires.


Japan-Hiking-Mount Tanzawa-Shibusawa - It was still quite cloudy and a bit dark at times, this is a poor photo looking back down at Shibusawa, I took the same photo again later in the day w

It was still quite cloudy and a bit dark at times, this is a poor photo looking back down at Shibusawa, I took the same photo again later in the day which looks much better.


Japan-Hiking-Mount Tanzawa-Shibusawa - There were probably 5 such mountain huts to stay at on the trail today. You have to book, it costs money etc. Not the sort of thing I would like to do

There were probably 5 such mountain huts to stay at on the trail today. You have to book, it costs money etc. Not the sort of thing I would like to do, but plenty of other people were.


Japan-Hiking-Mount Tanzawa-Shibusawa - Due to the popularity of this hike, they have put in lots of boards and steps like this otherwise it turns to slushy mud. A few random spots were very

Due to the popularity of this hike, they have put in lots of boards and steps like this otherwise it turns to slushy mud. A few random spots were very muddy and needed some plank-work.


Japan-Hiking-Mount Tanzawa-Shibusawa - Great views no doubt, but I have to get up higher before the amazing views start.

Great views no doubt, but I have to get up higher before the amazing views start.


Japan-Hiking-Mount Tanzawa-Shibusawa - Lower down there was some color to appreciate, especially when the sun came out.

Lower down there was some color to appreciate, especially when the sun came out.


Japan-Hiking-Mount Tanzawa-Shibusawa - I think a lot of the leaves were stripped during the typhoon, its a bit weird, some are still green but lots are missing. Its almost like its past its

I think a lot of the leaves were stripped during the typhoon, its a bit weird, some are still green but lots are missing. Its almost like its past its best but still green. This is a poor explanation of what I mean.
The colors arent as good as last year!


Japan-Hiking-Mount Tanzawa-Shibusawa - First view of the other side of the mountain range.

First view of the other side of the mountain range.


Japan-Hiking-Mount Tanzawa-Shibusawa - Heres another mountain hut. Theres no power, no water, and no road at all. I believe they get some of their supplies by helicopter.

Heres another mountain hut. Theres no power, no water, and no road at all. I believe they get some of their supplies by helicopter.


Japan-Hiking-Mount Tanzawa-Shibusawa - Thats the ocean. The clouds looked great.

Thats the ocean. The clouds looked great.


Japan-Hiking-Mount Tanzawa-Shibusawa - The view down the coast. If a Tsunami came now, I was safe.

The view down the coast. If a Tsunami came now, I was safe.


Japan-Hiking-Mount Tanzawa-Shibusawa - A bit more view from this lower down spot. No fuji yet!

A bit more view from this lower down spot. No fuji yet!


Japan-Hiking-Mount Tanzawa-Shibusawa - Kind of superfluous, more coast, the hills in the foreground look good. I am up higher here.

Kind of superfluous, more coast, the hills in the foreground look good. I am up higher here.


Japan-Hiking-Mount Tanzawa-Shibusawa - The view down the valley, Fuji is down there, behind cloud, but dont worry....

The view down the valley, Fuji is down there, behind cloud, but dont worry....


Japan-Hiking-Mount Tanzawa-Shibusawa - Pretty high up how but still not the summit. More great views of the ocean.

Pretty high up how but still not the summit. More great views of the ocean.


Japan-Hiking-Mount Tanzawa-Shibusawa - First one of these for the day. I am sweating a lot. I went really hard on the way up, passed hundreds of people.

First one of these for the day. I am sweating a lot. I went really hard on the way up, passed hundreds of people.


Japan-Hiking-Mount Tanzawa-Shibusawa - The first summit. Most people stop here. It is called Tou-no-dake. I had no intention of stopping though, its another hour to Mount Tanzawa!

The first summit. Most people stop here. It is called Tou-no-dake. I had no intention of stopping though, its another hour to Mount Tanzawa!


Japan-Hiking-Mount Tanzawa-Shibusawa - A bit hard to see, but that is Tokyo.

A bit hard to see, but that is Tokyo.


Japan-Hiking-Mount Tanzawa-Shibusawa - Almost out of the cloud. Look at that valley!

Almost out of the cloud. Look at that valley!


Japan-Hiking-Mount Tanzawa-Shibusawa - I had to head around to that peak on the left. The sea of little bamboo starts.

I had to head around to that peak on the left. The sea of little bamboo starts.


Japan-Hiking-Mount Tanzawa-Shibusawa - Bamboo plus almost all of Fuji. I struggled to only take 43 photos! Look at the water in the valley, the pine trees on the sides of the mountains. One

Bamboo plus almost all of Fuji. I struggled to only take 43 photos!
Look at the water in the valley, the pine trees on the sides of the mountains. One of these will end up on my wall.


Japan-Hiking-Mount Tanzawa-Shibusawa - And there we go, completely unobscured by cloud!

And there we go, completely unobscured by cloud!


Japan-Hiking-Mount Tanzawa-Shibusawa - I stuck my ugly head into the frame to ruin the view.

I stuck my ugly head into the frame to ruin the view.


Japan-Hiking-Mount Tanzawa-Shibusawa - Lets have a vertical one as well with a tiny statue.

Lets have a vertical one as well with a tiny statue.


Japan-Hiking-Mount Tanzawa-Shibusawa - And one more peaking through under the summit sign.

And one more peaking through under the summit sign.


Japan-Hiking-Mount Tanzawa-Shibusawa - And another vertical shot of the amazing valley, bamboo, fuji. I dont really need to add words here.

And another vertical shot of the amazing valley, bamboo, fuji. I dont really need to add words here.


Japan-Hiking-Mount Tanzawa-Shibusawa - Well and truly on my way back to Tou-no-dake from Tanzawa. The view of the bamboo in the sunlight was also fantastic.

Well and truly on my way back to Tou-no-dake from Tanzawa. The view of the bamboo in the sunlight was also fantastic.


Japan-Hiking-Mount Tanzawa-Shibusawa - I cant stop taking similar photos.

I cant stop taking similar photos.


Japan-Hiking-Mount Tanzawa-Shibusawa - Back at Tou-no-dake and its now packed with people I passed on the way up. They arent going any further than here though, lazy.

Back at Tou-no-dake and its now packed with people I passed on the way up. They arent going any further than here though, lazy.


Japan-Hiking-Mount Tanzawa-Shibusawa - A bit more Tokyo. I needed zoom to make that work.

A bit more Tokyo. I needed zoom to make that work.


Japan-Hiking-Mount Tanzawa-Shibusawa - To re-use one of my comments from the Taiwan trip -  Push her!

To re-use one of my comments from the Taiwan trip -
Push her!


Japan-Hiking-Mount Tanzawa-Shibusawa - There are lots of paths up lots of mountains linking up in this area. Many you need a car to get to though.

There are lots of paths up lots of mountains linking up in this area. Many you need a car to get to though.


Japan-Hiking-Mount Tanzawa-Shibusawa - OK, one more because of the awesome clouds!

OK, one more because of the awesome clouds!


Japan-Hiking-Mount Tanzawa-Shibusawa - A bit more color on the way down.

A bit more color on the way down.


Japan-Hiking-Mount Tanzawa-Shibusawa - And as promised, heres the same photo I took on the way up showing the sizeable city of Shibusawa.

And as promised, heres the same photo I took on the way up showing the sizeable city of Shibusawa.


Japan-Hiking-Mount Tanzawa-Shibusawa - Back at the bottom and they have built a very impressive pedestrian only suspension bridge to a campground.

Back at the bottom and they have built a very impressive pedestrian only suspension bridge to a campground.


Japan-Hiking-Mount Tanzawa-Shibusawa - It was getting late in the day, light was getting awesome.

It was getting late in the day, light was getting awesome.


Japan-Hiking-Mount Tanzawa-Shibusawa - Of course I had to cross it before the bus came, stil cant really see up the valley to the main peaks from here though.

Of course I had to cross it before the bus came, stil cant really see up the valley to the main peaks from here though.


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