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Japan Hiking Kanagawa Mount Ono

2 November 2023

Delayed and confused

Onoyama from Yamakita to Yaga Station

Today I had an all day battle with trains.
First of all, I made a mistake I have made before. If you have a Suica/Pasmo/Icoca/Toica/Kitaca etc. then you will know that they are interchangeable and work all over Japan, despite being issued by a specific region of Japan, e.g. Suica in Tokyo and Icoca in Osaka. However you can not board a train in say, a Suica region, and get off in a Toica region, as I did today. If you plan to cross regions you are supposed to buy a paper ticket. The region boundaries are generally in the middle of nowhere to prevent this, but for some people who live in these remote areas it annoys them every single day.
Of course, Japan knows people will do what I did, and have ways of dealing with it. The first way is that the stations near the border have no ticket guard. So when you get off you try to scan your card, it won't work and it marks your card as locked... and you go on your merry way. Then when you return to a real station, your card is locked and you have to explain to the gate guard what happened and he adjusts it all on a machine and gives it back to you. So it is no big deal, but it does beg the question, if I can tell the guard I rode from Kanda to Yamakita and then from Yaga to Matsuda and he can put my card onto a machine and type that in and deduct the fare, then why cant the gates at the stations do the same?

So that was part one of train issues, the second was considerably more annoying. On what was already a 2 hour journey in each direction, on my way back the Odakyu line I was on had a fault of some kind, and I had to figure out what was going on when the Japanese announcements caused everyone to run off the train and go to another line. After a bit of googling I figured out the way to get back to Tokyo was to back track a couple of stations, transfer to a Keio line, and then transfer back to a JR train near Shinjuku. So my journey back involved 2 private train companies as well as JR.

As for the hike itself, it was all about the view of Mount Fuji. I knew the weather was clear so I went to a hike with a view especially. It was a good view, but a bit hazy, I have had clearer views from elsewhere. There were a few other people on the trail, mainly coming up the way I came down which is the side that has considerably better views. I will describe the hike more below as there are a lot of pics and my train rant did go on and on.

Japan-Hiking-Kanagawa-Mount Ono - The view from Yamakita station. This is past Yokohama, near Hakone. A rural station, but there is a convenience store nearby.

The view from Yamakita station. This is past Yokohama, near Hakone. A rural station, but there is a convenience store nearby.


Japan-Hiking-Kanagawa-Mount Ono - The first part of the hike is up a road, which goes under a lot of roads.

The first part of the hike is up a road, which goes under a lot of roads.


Japan-Hiking-Kanagawa-Mount Ono - The view was pretty good early on.

The view was pretty good early on.


Japan-Hiking-Kanagawa-Mount Ono - Although I had walked along a trail for a while, it came to a road with a farming village, and these painted figures. Big deal you may think?

Although I had walked along a trail for a while, it came to a road with a farming village, and these painted figures. Big deal you may think?


Japan-Hiking-Kanagawa-Mount Ono - Well apparently they think it is a big deal because they installed a vending machine selling nothing but miniature versions of the same figures for yo

Well apparently they think it is a big deal because they installed a vending machine selling nothing but miniature versions of the same figures for you to take home and paint yourself.


Japan-Hiking-Kanagawa-Mount Ono - This little farming village was built here for the view. The is the last view spot of Fuji until you get to the summit of Mount Ono, sometimes written

This little farming village was built here for the view. The is the last view spot of Fuji until you get to the summit of Mount Ono, sometimes written as Oono or Ohno (I saw all three).


Japan-Hiking-Kanagawa-Mount Ono - Obligatory trail pic.

Obligatory trail pic.


Japan-Hiking-Kanagawa-Mount Ono - Still no real coloured leaves. I think Hiroshima where I am going tomorrow is a bit cooler, so might be more colourful there already.

Still no real coloured leaves. I think Hiroshima where I am going tomorrow is a bit cooler, so might be more colourful there already.


Japan-Hiking-Kanagawa-Mount Ono - The trail is in woods for an hour or so, then comes out at this spot, with fields of wheat or similar.

The trail is in woods for an hour or so, then comes out at this spot, with fields of wheat or similar.


Japan-Hiking-Kanagawa-Mount Ono - And a giant staircase. I bounded up because I could hear furious mooing.

And a giant staircase. I bounded up because I could hear furious mooing.


Japan-Hiking-Kanagawa-Mount Ono - My hike had cows on it. They are fenced in by a piece of string only.

My hike had cows on it. They are fenced in by a piece of string only.


Japan-Hiking-Kanagawa-Mount Ono - Nice view down to the ocean from amongst the cows.

Nice view down to the ocean from amongst the cows.


Japan-Hiking-Kanagawa-Mount Ono - I have climbed most of those mountains, this is looking back to the north east. At least one of them is Tanzawa from where I got the best Fuji shots e

I have climbed most of those mountains, this is looking back to the north east. At least one of them is Tanzawa from where I got the best Fuji shots ever.


Japan-Hiking-Kanagawa-Mount Ono - Bonus hazy view.

Bonus hazy view.


Japan-Hiking-Kanagawa-Mount Ono - There is a dam and a lake down there with hotels around it.

There is a dam and a lake down there with hotels around it.


Japan-Hiking-Kanagawa-Mount Ono - And then you come up around and over the summit, and its all Fuji views for the rest of the hike. Wide view first.

And then you come up around and over the summit, and its all Fuji views for the rest of the hike. Wide view first.


Japan-Hiking-Kanagawa-Mount Ono - Zoom view.

Zoom view.


Japan-Hiking-Kanagawa-Mount Ono - Head shot.

Head shot.


Japan-Hiking-Kanagawa-Mount Ono - The path down had much better views all the way down than the path on the way up.

The path down had much better views all the way down than the path on the way up.


Japan-Hiking-Kanagawa-Mount Ono - More wheat.

More wheat.


Japan-Hiking-Kanagawa-Mount Ono - And Fuji plus wheat.

And Fuji plus wheat.


Japan-Hiking-Kanagawa-Mount Ono - OK, last Fuji shot.

OK, last Fuji shot.


Japan-Hiking-Kanagawa-Mount Ono - I reentered the forest. Very well maintained path on the way down.

I reentered the forest. Very well maintained path on the way down.


Japan-Hiking-Kanagawa-Mount Ono - Almost back.

Almost back.


Japan-Hiking-Kanagawa-Mount Ono - I came out of the forest in a very picturesque area. A small man waving a red baton by some roadworks was very excited to see me. I suspect no cars ca

I came out of the forest in a very picturesque area. A small man waving a red baton by some roadworks was very excited to see me. I suspect no cars came past him all day, just a few hikers.


Japan-Hiking-Kanagawa-Mount Ono - A really nice area.

A really nice area.


Japan-Hiking-Kanagawa-Mount Ono - It was not too late at this point, the hike was 12km and only 4 hours, but I did not yet know it would be 3 hours on the train to get back to my hotel

It was not too late at this point, the hike was 12km and only 4 hours, but I did not yet know it would be 3 hours on the train to get back to my hotel.


Japan-Hiking-Kanagawa-Mount Ono - One last shot as I head up the hill to Yaga station.

One last shot as I head up the hill to Yaga station.


Japan-Hiking-Kanagawa-Mount Ono - And finally, the tiny unmanned station at Yaga.

And finally, the tiny unmanned station at Yaga.


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