Topic: Oct 29-30 Good Weather predicted: Koushinzan hike + Free Lodge, Autumn colours.  (Read 191 times)

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UPDATES (更新): This is a VERY GOOD two day trip!

Title & Date (タイトル, 日付): Oct 29-30 : Koushinzan Free Lodge, Interesting Rocks, Autumn Colours, Onsen :)

Autumn colours and great views of interesting rocks.
 
Weather Forecast. Weather forecast predicts cloudy and cool weather, no rain predicted! Let me know if you intend to come this weekend, Trip will be cancelled if no responses by tomorrow lunch time.

The plan is to travel to the lodge from Saturday morning to enjoy the lodge in the arfternoon. Beers/hot chocolate around a fire with camp food at night ( we will have to bring the food)! Second day we will walk around the area surrounding the lodge. Climb to the top of Mt Koshin which is accessible from behind the lodge, lots of interesting rocks to be seen (reletively easy climb)
This is a great place to stay. Free lodge (or donation). Its got everything and easy walk from road. The rock hike near the lodge is very special. As is the Onsen on the way back home.
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We will go either by car if anyone has one or go to Nikko on the Tobu train, then bus to Ashio, then taxi from station to the start of the trail(cheap).
Location:
http://maps.gsi.go.jp/#15/36.662722/139.389253/&base=std&ls=std&disp=1&vs=c1j0l0u0f0


Free Lodge  庚申山荘
Big... and very comfortable with dining room and chairs. Futons and toilet.

Forest road walk 1 hr 20 minutes from parking.
+Riverside path almost flat 30 minutes.
+Hiking path up to lodge climbing only 40 minutes.
=Total 2 hours 30 minutes to lodge.

https://www.google.co.jp/search?hl=ja&noj=1&biw=1600&bih=723&tbm=isch&sa=1&q=%E5%BA%9A%E7%94%B3%E5%B1%B1%E8%8D%98&oq=%E5%BA%9A%E7%94%B3%E5%B1%B1&gs_l=img.1.1.0j0i24l9.181103.182037.0.183559.2.2.0.0.0.0.67.131.2.2.0...0.0...1c.1.Fb4e-qUyWs8


http://hirasan.canada2194.com/koushinzan.html

http://www.netplaza.ne.jp/~hitos01/Nikkou/kousinzan.htm

http://yamasanpo.blog106.fc2.com/blog-entry-82.html

http://yamasanpo.blog106.fc2.com/blog-category-21.html

http://blog.goo.ne.jp/atsu-510/e/3d99e0c081fe85023a6527f2463c6612

http://outdoorclubtokyo.com/gallery/index.php/070630ashio

http://outdoorclubtokyo.com/gallery/index.php/070707ashio?page=2

http://outdoorclubtokyo.com/gallery/var/resizes/070630ashio/070630ashio019.jpg?m=1271081900

http://hirasan.canada2194.com/dsc02032.jpg

http://blogimg.goo.ne.jp/user_image/2d/5e/c43a2f184d0a0156f65fe59a272cc113.jpg

http://hirasan.canada2194.com/dsc02171.jpg




Event Grade (イベント等級)

To the lodge fitness and technical grade 0-1 (too easy)

Short hike around the strange rocks is not long - less than 2 hours I think. Mostly beginner route.



http://outdoorclubjapan.com/index.php?page=event_grade_safety

http://outdoorclubjapan.com/index.php?page=event_grade_safety_jp


Some OCJ event photos from 2012
picture of the lodge:
http://outdoorclubjapan.com/gallery2/2012-events/121013koushinzan010pat.jpg



Sign up conditions and contact details  (参加の条件と連絡先詳細)
Do not reply to email announcement - reply  on the website.


Things to Bring (持参もの)
Basic day hiking gear for autumn. Good hiking footwear needed.
Warm clothing for the lodge. There are futons to use but if you have a sleeping bag take it.

Take your own food. There is water there and a  toilet there.


Travel Details, Meeting Time & Place (旅行の詳細)
If by train then 0710 Tobu train from Asakusa or Kitasenju. Change to bus around the corner from station for Ashio.




Cost (費用)
Tobu train oneway about 1,350yen. Bus less than 1,000yen I think. Taki is only about 15-20 minutes so cheap if 3-4 people.

Please post in the comments if anyone is interested. If you have a car that is a bonus but if not we can take the train => bus => taxi
« Last Edit: Thu Oct 27, 2016, 08:35 AM by Tom »

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I'm interested but it's going to be my first overnight hike in the area with no convenient store or supermarket.
So let me ask a few questions...I have to bring enough food for four meals (lunch and dinner on Saturday, breakfast and lunch on Sunday), right?
And I assume that the lodge has no stove for cooking or bath/shower. (I've visited some websites but people are saying that the lodge costs 2000 yen/night...??)

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Lodge is donation box.... just take food you need or share stove, or buy one! See OCJ gear section about stove.

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Hey Yumi,

I have a stove that we could use to cook camp food. like a soup or a stew made of vegetables and meat.

If theres going to be more than 4 people, its probably best for us to make sure we have enough food and a big enough pot to cook something for all of us, theres a few convenience stores that we could stock up on food in Nikko, if we go by train.

Andy, do you know if theres a stock of dry wood available around the lodge so we could light a little fire at night? (maybe an obvious question if its in a forest, but i mean do they have a dry wood shelter ?)

The second day i assume we can just leave our luggage at the hut and use it as a base to walk around the area behind the hut so we wont have to carry much weight on the second day as we walk around.

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Use forest wood for a fire. THere are lots of pots there I think but I tel everyone to at least carry 100en shop pot for trips.

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Do you know if there are any bears in the area? is it worth taking some bear spray?

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This is the last question i can answer...

there are bears almost everywhere. its not america so except for hokkaido they are different. spray is not needed. noisy or bell if you are worried.
easy to get all this info online if you try google.

20+ years, on average 20-25 trips/year and a 6 month camping trip in northern japan i had no problem. i had 1 very close encounter on the nikko lake to ashio path and the bear was a scared as i was.
they just need enough warning and time to move out of the way.
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6 month camping trip in Hokkaido? that sounds incredible! a story i want to hear!

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I've just checked the weather for Saturday, its looking ok for the weekend. Saturday cloudy and Sunday partially cloudy.
I will check the weather again on Thursday to see if there is still interest in this trip. It would be nice to have 3 or 4 people!

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you need to 'announce ' the event again... well, I did it last time anyway.

See this page about making and sending events.
http://outdoorclubjapan.com/index.php?topic=3447.0

Its easy to edit/modify and then check the box to announce again before saving. It will then be sent to eveyone by email.
As most people do not visit the site it is important to announce the topic again.

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Hi all,
here is some recent information hope it helps.
I was up there a couple of weeks back. The temperature is dropping now but in the lodge it is still warm with a sleeping bag.
They have running water and a toilet outside. 60 futons available so all you need is your cooker, sleeping bag and warms clothes if you plan to sit outside.

There is a retired guy that runs it and said it has been busy recently. However, after the ceremony for the mountain god (as there is a temple in the lodge, which is why i was up there) it becomes quite. It was nearly full when i was there. If it is quite no body would ask you to pay, but in fact it is 2,000 yen and you should pay it at the Onsen by the start of the mountain road. You can drop it in the payment box in the lodge as well. If you pay at the Onsen they ask about your route, so wild trackers tend to drop it in the box in the lodge.

We had a near encounter with a bear (Tsukinowaguma 月の刃グマ)on the way down, the area is famous for them and they are about in this season, so safer is there are a couple of you as you make more noise while you hike.

I love it up there and will plan something once my schedule is free. In the meantime have fun.

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Hey Andy, I sent the announcement out once more but i`ve just checked my email and it doesn't appear to have sent. That was about an hour ago.

Thanks for the information Gordon!

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It was sent. The software makers think that as you sent it then you do not need a copy. They do not want to change that, so people like me have to keep telling users it was actually sent. There is a manual code fix but maybe out of date now.

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Hi Tom,

I am interested but not able to join for family emergency.
Enjoy autumn colors and I hope to see you next time.
« Last Edit: Fri Oct 28, 2016, 11:32 PM by yumi »

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