I've found early autumn colors in the mountains like Mt. Senjougatake and Oze National Park this year. Now, autumn colors are beginning to appear in lower altitudes, and very limited but a certain amount of autumn colors are already available in Tokyo city area. Today, I came to Okutama, the west side of Tokyo prefecture, to see whether areas with relatively higher altitudes are full of autumn colors in the end of October.
As soon as I arrived at Okutama station, I found a nice old lady who gave me this free magazine with a trekking map. Then, let's go!
A path from Okutama Station to Mt. Mutsuishi is roughly divided into four sections.(Course Time is Mine)
Now, I'm walking on Hikawa Ohashi Bridge on the flat path. I was excited to find autumn colors in such an low altitude of about 350m.
I found a signboard of Okutama. OK. I'm going the right way.
Here's another signboard saying "Starting Point to Mt. Mutsuishi, Mt. Takanosu, and Mt. Kumotori. Today's destination is Mt. Mutsuishi with about 1,500m high.
The starting point is like this. A bit steep, but normal paved street, I think.
Soon I found a tunnel. I had some rest in the shade to start walking faster.
Oh, quite dazzling...
There are some intersections on the way. Don't get lost. The way is on the right.
The slope is winding like this for long.
The sunlight is coming again. I'm really happy that the weather is always fine when I go trekking.
The sun is shedding strong light through the spaces between the trees. So warm today!
Now, I arrived at the entrance of a trekking course. There's no paved street from here, but the first half of the trekking course is relatively flat and easy to walk. The only warning was the signboard saying "A bear appeared on October 23. Please keep bells or radios with you." OK. I will keep my bell and walk with the utmost care and attention.
I was surprised from the beginning. Weeds were fulfilling the path!
But soon I noticed that the weeds are creating this beautiful scenery. What a nice weather!
Then, I went through the wooden bridge. Maybe this is the first and the last bridge on this trekking course.
I entered a path in the shade. The view was full of green.
While I was walking, I met really a lot of mountain climbers going down. This is simply because I started climbing in the afternoon while most of the climbers started early in the morning. Well, this is not because I was late, but because I wanted to shoot sunset from the peak!
The path in the shade continues a bit more.
A signboard to Mt . Mutsuishi and Mt. Takanosu is here!
Then, I walked through a bright path and...
I reached the second signboard of the trekking course! Now, I've been through the first half of the trekking course. The slope will be steeper and steeper, but the views are greatly changed from now on. Then, let's see the page 2!