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Japan Tokyo Hiking Mount Kariyose

23 November 2023

Power hike

Mount Kariyose from Musashi-Itsukaichi station

Final hike. Longer than I expected! But that was fine.
27k steps, 18km, 4.5 hours, 999m of elevation gain.
Much of it was alongside a power substation, and then an enormous hidden quarry I could never get a clear photo of.

My start point took me back to Musashi-Itsukaichi station, where I did a repeat hike from earlier in this trip, my favourite 'between the tracks' hike that goes from one rail line to another. That one goes north from the station, today I went south from the station on an out and back course.

The original plan was for a loop course, but at the top a lot of logging had occurred, and I was not sure if the path I wanted still existed, so I opted to return the way I came, this also contributed to it being a bit longer than I expected. However there were plenty of parts where I could run to make up time, especially on the way down.

This has all been a bit disjointed, but my actual course had 3 points of interest, Kongo falls, which my phone kept translating as King King when I pointed it at a sign post, Mount Imakuma, which had a summit marker, and then Mount Kariyose, which was the turning point, and had no summit marker.

Despite not thinking the scenery was great while I was on the hike, the photos have turned out fantastic.

Japan-Tokyo-Hiking-Mount Kariyose - It is a national holiday today for labour day. So everyone is going hiking. This influenced my decision to pick a lesser known hike for which I did no

It is a national holiday today for labour day. So everyone is going hiking. This influenced my decision to pick a lesser known hike for which I did not need to fight for a bus. Here you can see Musashi-Itsukaichi station, and a huge line of people who did not get on the first buses leaving after the train arrived.


Japan-Tokyo-Hiking-Mount Kariyose - It was a 1.6km walk to the start of the trail proper, the town here is quite big. Some people are camping along the 'river'. The clouds were great tod

It was a 1.6km walk to the start of the trail proper, the town here is quite big. Some people are camping along the 'river'. The clouds were great today!


Japan-Tokyo-Hiking-Mount Kariyose - The trail starts at Komine park, where this shrine is, you can find Komine park on google maps.

The trail starts at Komine park, where this shrine is, you can find Komine park on google maps.


Japan-Tokyo-Hiking-Mount Kariyose - The first part of the trail through the park is very developed, but today had a good mix of different elements.

The first part of the trail through the park is very developed, but today had a good mix of different elements.


Japan-Tokyo-Hiking-Mount Kariyose - No bear warnings today, snakes! What kind of bell do I need for snakes?

No bear warnings today, snakes! What kind of bell do I need for snakes?


Japan-Tokyo-Hiking-Mount Kariyose - From a distance I thought this might be an elevated wooden ladder like at Dakeng in Taiwan, but it is just steps.

From a distance I thought this might be an elevated wooden ladder like at Dakeng in Taiwan, but it is just steps.


Japan-Tokyo-Hiking-Mount Kariyose - The aforementioned power station, literally between hills hidden in the woods. The quarry was huge and even more hidden. There were a lot of watch out

The aforementioned power station, literally between hills hidden in the woods. The quarry was huge and even more hidden. There were a lot of watch out for snake signs around the power station, possibly to discourage hikers from entering the power station.


Japan-Tokyo-Hiking-Mount Kariyose - This was probably the most technical bit of today's hike, which is to say, not very technical.

This was probably the most technical bit of today's hike, which is to say, not very technical.


Japan-Tokyo-Hiking-Mount Kariyose - I almost did not bother going to Kongo falls, as it is about a 200m detour, but it was worth it, very mossy, dark, rocky as you shall see.

I almost did not bother going to Kongo falls, as it is about a 200m detour, but it was worth it, very mossy, dark, rocky as you shall see.


Japan-Tokyo-Hiking-Mount Kariyose - A tiny waterfall, but I had it to myself, and it was dark and spooky.

A tiny waterfall, but I had it to myself, and it was dark and spooky.


Japan-Tokyo-Hiking-Mount Kariyose - A very cool spot.

A very cool spot.


Japan-Tokyo-Hiking-Mount Kariyose - This is the to of Mount Imakuma. Public toilet or shrine? I genuinely did not know!

This is the to of Mount Imakuma. Public toilet or shrine? I genuinely did not know!


Japan-Tokyo-Hiking-Mount Kariyose - A summit marker. No actual view from here, and not very high. Mount Kariyose was about 700m I think, so also not very high. Today was not a day for pe

A summit marker. No actual view from here, and not very high. Mount Kariyose was about 700m I think, so also not very high. Today was not a day for people who like to get high.


Japan-Tokyo-Hiking-Mount Kariyose - Just past Imakuma is a view spot, that is Musashi-Itsukaichi below. Is that the actual town name or just what it is called on train maps so people do

Just past Imakuma is a view spot, that is Musashi-Itsukaichi below. Is that the actual town name or just what it is called on train maps so people do not get confused with other places named Itsukaichi? Either way, note the huge number of power lines.


Japan-Tokyo-Hiking-Mount Kariyose - This is a public toilet. So the previous building was probably the shrine! This is my best public toilet photo of this trip.

This is a public toilet. So the previous building was probably the shrine! This is my best public toilet photo of this trip.


Japan-Tokyo-Hiking-Mount Kariyose - Time to push on to Mount Kariyose, it was getting sunnier.

Time to push on to Mount Kariyose, it was getting sunnier.


Japan-Tokyo-Hiking-Mount Kariyose - I climbed up a ridge to peer over into the logging areas.

I climbed up a ridge to peer over into the logging areas.


Japan-Tokyo-Hiking-Mount Kariyose - Wow! Peak colour!

Wow! Peak colour!


Japan-Tokyo-Hiking-Mount Kariyose - This is right by the summit of Mount Kariyose, great view, great clouds.

This is right by the summit of Mount Kariyose, great view, great clouds.


Japan-Tokyo-Hiking-Mount Kariyose - Just around the corner, logging areas provided the view.

Just around the corner, logging areas provided the view.


Japan-Tokyo-Hiking-Mount Kariyose - I was looking for the looping path down through this area of logging but could not find it, so I decided to turn back.

I was looking for the looping path down through this area of logging but could not find it, so I decided to turn back.


Japan-Tokyo-Hiking-Mount Kariyose - Before too long at all (due to a lot of running) I was back at the power station.

Before too long at all (due to a lot of running) I was back at the power station.


Japan-Tokyo-Hiking-Mount Kariyose - Which just left a different very long stair case to go back down to Komine park, which I re-entered from a different entrance.

Which just left a different very long stair case to go back down to Komine park, which I re-entered from a different entrance.


Japan-Tokyo-Hiking-Mount Kariyose - The park area is a popular place for picnics. The light really was quite surreal through the partial cloud cover.

The park area is a popular place for picnics. The light really was quite surreal through the partial cloud cover.


Japan-Tokyo-Hiking-Mount Kariyose - And now here is my final hiking related pic of this trip, the view from Musashi-Itsukaichi station. I will probably return to this station in the futu

And now here is my final hiking related pic of this trip, the view from Musashi-Itsukaichi station. I will probably return to this station in the future, if I continue the way I went today it links up with Jinba which links up with Takao. Another between the tracks opportunity!


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