28. May 2011
We meet at Tsukubajinja around 9:45. A Taifun hit Japan from south-west, it was cloudy and lots of rain was expected. Anyway, we decided to hike Tsukuba-san – supposed to become rainy spring hike.
From the starting point we took the Shirakumobashi-couse. There are big trees near the way, sometimes we have to climb some rocks (easy) or walk pass below them. A special place is Benkeinanamodori. It is said, that about 100 years ago a brave Samurai hesitated a long time to pass below this big rock hanging between two others.
Close to the top we passed lots of Azalea-flowers. It was a beautiful, rainy spring forest. But now view from the top (as expected). We continued our walk from Mt. Nyotai to Mt. Nantai, walked around Nantai-san on the natural research walk and then descend on the west south west ridge of t Nantaisan. It was a small, funny trail with rocks, slippery ground, whet trees and bushes. We had to take care that we do not slip and fall, so it was a interesting walk back to the parking place.
I hope we will have the opportunity to hike to together again someday.
筑波山 Tsukuba-san 28. May 2011
Start 筑波山神社入口 Tsukasan-jinja entrance 9:30 am 240 m
Trail up 白雲橋コース Shirakumobashi-couse
Top 女体山 Nyotaisan 11:15 am 877 m
Top 男体山 Nantaisan 11:45 am 871 m
Trail down Wsw-side of mountain
Finish 筑波山神社入口 Tsukasan-jinja entrance 2.00 pm 240 m
Duration: 4 h 30 min Distance: km Height: 700 m