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Japan Hiking Okutama Mount Gozenyama

16 November 2019

Dam dirty and noisy hike

From Okutama station to Mount Gozenyama to Lake Okutama

Dont let the above title fool you. Today was an excellent hike. Lots and lots of photos so I wont type too much here. I say than often then type a huge amount, lets see.

Last year I ran a lap of Lake Okutama after walking along the trail over looking the gorge from Okutama station. As a sidenote, if you are looking for the station in Hyperdia, its Oku-tama.
My lap of the lake was a fantastic day with great photos, you can find it by using the search at the top of the page.

Today I started again from Okutama station, and walked up over the mountains, most notably Mount Gozenyama, and then descended down to the lake.

To explain the title, the first half of the hike was noisy for a few reasons, a political rally was being staged in Okutama town with the loud speaker trucks, a school sports day was happening with loud speakers, huge helicopters were moving stuff up to a mountain somewhere, and someone was ringing a huge bell.

The dam dirty part of the hike was Lake Okutama itself. Last time I was here it was a beautiful blue color, today it was brown. My research suggests this is still because of the big Typhoon that happened nearly a month ago now.

See, that wasnt too long? Onto the pics!

Japan-Hiking-Okutama-Mount Gozenyama - Okutama is the kicking off point for many hikes. It is very likely one of my two remaining hikes will also start from here.

Okutama is the kicking off point for many hikes. It is very likely one of my two remaining hikes will also start from here.


Japan-Hiking-Okutama-Mount Gozenyama - Today I got the holiday special liner, which is a direct train from Shinjuku that splits in half, half goes up the Ome line to Okutama, half goes to M

Today I got the holiday special liner, which is a direct train from Shinjuku that splits in half, half goes up the Ome line to Okutama, half goes to Musashi-Itsukaichi. Make sure you are on the right half! The carriages say where they are going to on the outside, but theres no way to know on the inside.


Japan-Hiking-Okutama-Mount Gozenyama - I took a couple of gorge shots before I set off. The light was not great at this time of day. Check out last years visit instead!

I took a couple of gorge shots before I set off. The light was not great at this time of day. Check out last years visit instead!


Japan-Hiking-Okutama-Mount Gozenyama - Heres another gorge shot.

Heres another gorge shot.


Japan-Hiking-Okutama-Mount Gozenyama - And here is a view of the little town of Okutama going up the hill. It is a very busy place, lots of hiking shops, 2 convenience stores. Lets get hiki

And here is a view of the little town of Okutama going up the hill. It is a very busy place, lots of hiking shops, 2 convenience stores. Lets get hiking!


Japan-Hiking-Okutama-Mount Gozenyama - Soon after the hike starts, a huge steep staircase. Look how it gets steeper the further up it goes. Unexpected!

Soon after the hike starts, a huge steep staircase. Look how it gets steeper the further up it goes. Unexpected!


Japan-Hiking-Okutama-Mount Gozenyama - At the top, of course there was a shrine.

At the top, of course there was a shrine.


Japan-Hiking-Okutama-Mount Gozenyama - Nice shrine, but too many trees, no view.

Nice shrine, but too many trees, no view.


Japan-Hiking-Okutama-Mount Gozenyama - This is the best view through the trees I could find. The loudspeakers from the school sports day were hilariously loud. You can see the sports field

This is the best view through the trees I could find. The loudspeakers from the school sports day were hilariously loud. You can see the sports field below.


Japan-Hiking-Okutama-Mount Gozenyama - There were trees nearly all day today, logging provided most views. Here is some logging due to power lines.

There were trees nearly all day today, logging provided most views. Here is some logging due to power lines.


Japan-Hiking-Okutama-Mount Gozenyama - The first couple of hours up were quite tricky in places. Lots of rocks and tree trunks. Also quite colorful.

The first couple of hours up were quite tricky in places. Lots of rocks and tree trunks. Also quite colorful.


Japan-Hiking-Okutama-Mount Gozenyama - Very picturesque.

Very picturesque.


Japan-Hiking-Okutama-Mount Gozenyama - A nice view across the valley. I have climbed that mountain last year! Mount Kawanori I think, that was a great hike.

A nice view across the valley. I have climbed that mountain last year! Mount Kawanori I think, that was a great hike.


Japan-Hiking-Okutama-Mount Gozenyama - As there often is, there were a few makeshift shrine areas. Makeshift is probably not the right word.

As there often is, there were a few makeshift shrine areas. Makeshift is probably not the right word.


Japan-Hiking-Okutama-Mount Gozenyama - Really nice rocks and foliage. I dont get to say foliage very often.

Really nice rocks and foliage. I dont get to say foliage very often.


Japan-Hiking-Okutama-Mount Gozenyama - Here are some of the tree roots. These combined with jagged rocks and often covered in leaves meant it was slow going at times.

Here are some of the tree roots. These combined with jagged rocks and often covered in leaves meant it was slow going at times.


Japan-Hiking-Okutama-Mount Gozenyama - Then there were the sections of ladders and chains! Nothing too dangerous, this is probably the longest chain.

Then there were the sections of ladders and chains! Nothing too dangerous, this is probably the longest chain.


Japan-Hiking-Okutama-Mount Gozenyama - Another view further up the valley towards higher mountains. Hard to access some of them.

Another view further up the valley towards higher mountains. Hard to access some of them.


Japan-Hiking-Okutama-Mount Gozenyama - Just a bonus view of nice trees and stuff.

Just a bonus view of nice trees and stuff.


Japan-Hiking-Okutama-Mount Gozenyama - OMG!

OMG!


Japan-Hiking-Okutama-Mount Gozenyama - By now I had passed over a peak with a few people on it, and was now on a lonely trail between peaks. It was quite flat most of the time.

By now I had passed over a peak with a few people on it, and was now on a lonely trail between peaks. It was quite flat most of the time.


Japan-Hiking-Okutama-Mount Gozenyama - Over the other side of the ridge, nice and colorful.

Over the other side of the ridge, nice and colorful.


Japan-Hiking-Okutama-Mount Gozenyama - I heard people.

I heard people.


Japan-Hiking-Okutama-Mount Gozenyama - Here is the emergency shelter. Todays hike had many paths that joined the ridge line from different starting points. This hut is the top of the most p

Here is the emergency shelter. Todays hike had many paths that joined the ridge line from different starting points. This hut is the top of the most popular starting point, my hike was significantly longer, of course.


Japan-Hiking-Okutama-Mount Gozenyama - Summit! It is not that high, but due to going up and down a few times I somehow managed to do 1500m of climbing. More than Mount Zao, almost as much a

Summit! It is not that high, but due to going up and down a few times I somehow managed to do 1500m of climbing. More than Mount Zao, almost as much as Mount Bandai.


Japan-Hiking-Okutama-Mount Gozenyama - There were a few other people on the summit. They had mostly come from the lake. I think I was doing this sort of backwards, the first pic today was t

There were a few other people on the summit. They had mostly come from the lake. I think I was doing this sort of backwards, the first pic today was the bus, most people get off the train and sprint to the bus, get to the lake, then start their hike. I decided to end at the lake to avoid the rush.


Japan-Hiking-Okutama-Mount Gozenyama - Here is the view. Not a great view, but not bad.

Here is the view. Not a great view, but not bad.


Japan-Hiking-Okutama-Mount Gozenyama - And this of course, my huge head, always a feature. Thats a tree behind my head that looks like an awesome hair failure.

And this of course, my huge head, always a feature. Thats a tree behind my head that looks like an awesome hair failure.


Japan-Hiking-Okutama-Mount Gozenyama - Here is Fuji. This is the one view you will get of it all day, so make the most of it. Looks like there is no snow on it currently.

Here is Fuji. This is the one view you will get of it all day, so make the most of it. Looks like there is no snow on it currently.


Japan-Hiking-Okutama-Mount Gozenyama - Starting my descent, is that a lake I see before me?

Starting my descent, is that a lake I see before me?


Japan-Hiking-Okutama-Mount Gozenyama - That does not look very steep, but its REALLY steep.

That does not look very steep, but its REALLY steep.


Japan-Hiking-Okutama-Mount Gozenyama - Here is some more steepness. The leaves made the footing very tricky. At times it was choose your own adventure.

Here is some more steepness. The leaves made the footing very tricky. At times it was choose your own adventure.


Japan-Hiking-Okutama-Mount Gozenyama - The descent was very colorful, and until I got very close to the dam, I only saw one other person. I thought it would be more popular on a Saturday.

The descent was very colorful, and until I got very close to the dam, I only saw one other person. I thought it would be more popular on a Saturday.


Japan-Hiking-Okutama-Mount Gozenyama - Bonus color, and many many leaves.

Bonus color, and many many leaves.


Japan-Hiking-Okutama-Mount Gozenyama - Rock and color. Clearly I am running out of things to say. I was starting to worry I would not get a view of the lake.

Rock and color. Clearly I am running out of things to say. I was starting to worry I would not get a view of the lake.


Japan-Hiking-Okutama-Mount Gozenyama - THERE IT IS! Lake Okutama. Looking quite dirty.

THERE IT IS! Lake Okutama. Looking quite dirty.


Japan-Hiking-Okutama-Mount Gozenyama - And there is the dam. More on the dam when I get down. Still an hour to go to get back to the dam.

And there is the dam. More on the dam when I get down. Still an hour to go to get back to the dam.


Japan-Hiking-Okutama-Mount Gozenyama - It was a surprisingly long way down, with some bonus ropes to hang on to.

It was a surprisingly long way down, with some bonus ropes to hang on to.


Japan-Hiking-Okutama-Mount Gozenyama - Nearly there.

Nearly there.


Japan-Hiking-Okutama-Mount Gozenyama - There is the dam. There were people up here at this little lookout.

There is the dam. There were people up here at this little lookout.


Japan-Hiking-Okutama-Mount Gozenyama - View from the dam back up the valley. Great weather all day today.

View from the dam back up the valley. Great weather all day today.


Japan-Hiking-Okutama-Mount Gozenyama - Another view of the dam and the brown dam water.

Another view of the dam and the brown dam water.


Japan-Hiking-Okutama-Mount Gozenyama - And the far side of the dam. Its a hydroelectric plant, a long way down.

And the far side of the dam. Its a hydroelectric plant, a long way down.


Japan-Hiking-Okutama-Mount Gozenyama - I had literally, just enough time to run around to a point where I would not be staring into the sun to take this shot, then I saw the bus, and sprint

I had literally, just enough time to run around to a point where I would not be staring into the sun to take this shot, then I saw the bus, and sprinted, and made it on by seconds! Another great hike. Long. I wont be going very far tonight. Only 2 more hikes!


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