Mitsutogesan

This is not a difficult hike and although there are mountain huts near the peak, this can be done as a day trip. The summit of Mitsutogeyama is said to be one of the few famous spots for a spectacular view of Fujisan.

The Hike

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The hike starts by crossing a small bridge and 1 minute hike to the Daruma Rock which gets its name from fact that it is shaped like a Daruma Doll.

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We passed an area with dozens of spider webs.

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The initial purpose of the trip was to get a good photo of Fujisan. From this weather is was doubtful I would get a good shot.

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This little frog did his best to camouflage himself from me and my camera.

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88 little stone buddhas dressed in red aprons. I didn't stop to count them all, but I was told 6 were missing. If you stumbled upon this area unexpectedly at night I bet it would give a good "Blair Witch" chill down your spine. We offered our 5 yen coins to the buddhas for a safe journey and move on toward our destination.

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About half way to our destination.

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This is one of the few rock climbing spots I know about. From the parking area it is about a 2.5 hour climb to this spot. Fortunately, there are a couple mountain huts close by to allow for a nice 2-day rock climbing trip. We continued to the summit at 1785 meters where nothing especially Fujisan could be seen through the clouds. We took a short break and then returned the same way we came. On the return trip we stopped at Yurari Onsen.

For more on Yurari Onsen, see Hot Springs in and around Yamanashi