Joined: Tue Nov 16, 2004 5:31 am Posts: 96 Location: Tokyo/Japan
After some last-minute planning, we were able to make a trip up to the Oozei region in Gunma April 29. Our destination, Shibutsu-san, is one of the hyaku-meisan (100 famous mountains of Japan), and a mecca for yama-ski in the Spring. Access roads to it are open for only 2-weeks around the Golden Week holiday period, after which it's closed and then re-opened during the summer.
6:03 Shibutsu Trailhead
6:52 First view of the summit at Harumi-no-Oka
7:36 Walking along Oyama-Sawa Tashiro
7:55 Steepest traverse of the day at Koshibutsu
8:39 Looking down at Mujina-Sawa route, thinking about where to drop in
9:13 Nice spring-corn!
9:41 Time for lunch. We would hike back up to the summit around 10. Oze Marsh in the background.
10:45 Hiking back up
Stairs 3/4 of the way up
11:34 Summit again, about an hour at a pretty good pace
11:27 Waiting for the fog to clear up
11:54 Weather was only getting worse, so we decided to drop in the Waru-Sawa route
Half-way down, cleared up a bit just for a moment
12:29 Hike back up to the parking lot
All in all, a pretty good trip, we will definitely be back next year for more!