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Japan Hiking Mount Sekirozan Lake Sagami

20 November 2019

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Lake Sagami and Sekirozan from Sagamiko Station

Todays plan was to do a small hike, around a lake, with lots of other people. Well it was a small hike.
Unfortunately like so many hiking trails, this one has been all but destroyed by Typhoon No. 19 as its called in Japan.
This should not have been such a surprise to me, the train line that was out of action the longest goes past basically from where this hike starts.
My journey was slow and arduous, but I did it anyway. The only other people I saw were forest rangers, who were surprised to see me and a bit mad that I ignored all the signs and ropes saying the trail was closed.
It was slow going in a few spots, and a shrine had been destroyed by falling boulders. Even getting started was tricky, I ignored one closed path, found another, that ended, then I found a road, walked around to another starting point, and eventually climbed up over a landslide onto a trail.

Once at the summit I thought it would be easy going to get down a longer way, but no, that was also destroyed by huge boulders and new ravines full of logs. This required a lot of climbing to eventually get off the 'trail' and back to a road that was also closed due to typhoon damage.

So thats it, no more hikes! Not great photos today, there was a Fuji view but you will need to squint.

Japan-Hiking-Mount Sekirozan-Lake Sagami - Here is Sagamiko station. It is one stop down the Chuo line on the local service from where all the rapid services stop at Takao. You cannot really wa

Here is Sagamiko station. It is one stop down the Chuo line on the local service from where all the rapid services stop at Takao. You cannot really walk that one stop, as it goes through a long tunnel.


Japan-Hiking-Mount Sekirozan-Lake Sagami - Sagamiko is a popular little town, lots of little stores, and holiday homes.

Sagamiko is a popular little town, lots of little stores, and holiday homes.


Japan-Hiking-Mount Sekirozan-Lake Sagami - A glass cube pyramid welcomes me to the vicinity of the lake.

A glass cube pyramid welcomes me to the vicinity of the lake.


Japan-Hiking-Mount Sekirozan-Lake Sagami - The lake had lots of debris floating in it, but it was a nice blue color.

The lake had lots of debris floating in it, but it was a nice blue color.


Japan-Hiking-Mount Sekirozan-Lake Sagami - Behold, the lake, more lake to come.

Behold, the lake, more lake to come.


Japan-Hiking-Mount Sekirozan-Lake Sagami - More lake.

More lake.


Japan-Hiking-Mount Sekirozan-Lake Sagami - The lake is created by a dam, which looks like it might be a small hydroelectric powerplant.

The lake is created by a dam, which looks like it might be a small hydroelectric powerplant.


Japan-Hiking-Mount Sekirozan-Lake Sagami - After giving up on trail starting point #1, I walked around the edge of the lake on this nice path, that included a tunnel with a view.

After giving up on trail starting point #1, I walked around the edge of the lake on this nice path, that included a tunnel with a view.


Japan-Hiking-Mount Sekirozan-Lake Sagami - It is an attractive lake.

It is an attractive lake.


Japan-Hiking-Mount Sekirozan-Lake Sagami - The lakeside town of Sagamiko.

The lakeside town of Sagamiko.


Japan-Hiking-Mount Sekirozan-Lake Sagami - Landslide #1. That brought an end to this path. Soon after I ended up back on a road looking for start point #3.

Landslide #1. That brought an end to this path. Soon after I ended up back on a road looking for start point #3.


Japan-Hiking-Mount Sekirozan-Lake Sagami - Start point #3, time to ignore signs.

Start point #3, time to ignore signs.


Japan-Hiking-Mount Sekirozan-Lake Sagami - What? Actually this was right near a destroyed shrine. The lower part I could not get near, but there were big rocks where there once was a shrine.

What? Actually this was right near a destroyed shrine. The lower part I could not get near, but there were big rocks where there once was a shrine.


Japan-Hiking-Mount Sekirozan-Lake Sagami - Not a lot of view today, this one is back towards Tokyo.

Not a lot of view today, this one is back towards Tokyo.


Japan-Hiking-Mount Sekirozan-Lake Sagami - Landslide #2. I had to climb up this one! It wasnt too bad really.

Landslide #2. I had to climb up this one! It wasnt too bad really.


Japan-Hiking-Mount Sekirozan-Lake Sagami - The upper shrine was still in tact.

The upper shrine was still in tact.


Japan-Hiking-Mount Sekirozan-Lake Sagami - More of the view in the same direction from further up.

More of the view in the same direction from further up.


Japan-Hiking-Mount Sekirozan-Lake Sagami - I waited all day for a clear view from above of the lake. It never came. This is about as good as it got.

I waited all day for a clear view from above of the lake. It never came. This is about as good as it got.


Japan-Hiking-Mount Sekirozan-Lake Sagami - Landslide #3. I just skipped across this one and up the side of it.

Landslide #3. I just skipped across this one and up the side of it.


Japan-Hiking-Mount Sekirozan-Lake Sagami - If you look to the right of the green peak in the middle, you can see the white peak of Fuji in the cloud in the distance. I have climbed some of thos

If you look to the right of the green peak in the middle, you can see the white peak of Fuji in the cloud in the distance. I have climbed some of those peaks in front of Fuji, Mount Tanzawa being one of them, from where I took my best ever Fuji photos.


Japan-Hiking-Mount Sekirozan-Lake Sagami - After the summit, the path down started off like a nice roadway. It did not last.

After the summit, the path down started off like a nice roadway. It did not last.


Japan-Hiking-Mount Sekirozan-Lake Sagami - There was a little viewing platform for the lake view. Except there is no view.

There was a little viewing platform for the lake view. Except there is no view.


Japan-Hiking-Mount Sekirozan-Lake Sagami - GOD DAMN IT! I had to ignore the rope and warnings again.

GOD DAMN IT! I had to ignore the rope and warnings again.


Japan-Hiking-Mount Sekirozan-Lake Sagami - Boulders. Fun times climbing over them.

Boulders. Fun times climbing over them.


Japan-Hiking-Mount Sekirozan-Lake Sagami - Landslide #4. This one I had to descend down and through. It took a while!

Landslide #4. This one I had to descend down and through. It took a while!


Japan-Hiking-Mount Sekirozan-Lake Sagami - The end of my landsliffic descent.

The end of my landsliffic descent.


Japan-Hiking-Mount Sekirozan-Lake Sagami - After about 4.5 hours I arrived at a camp site. It is now cut off as all the roads are closed to get here. The gravel road up to it is now a small rav

After about 4.5 hours I arrived at a camp site. It is now cut off as all the roads are closed to get here. The gravel road up to it is now a small ravine.


Japan-Hiking-Mount Sekirozan-Lake Sagami - Roadblocks. I climbed over a few of them.

Roadblocks. I climbed over a few of them.


Japan-Hiking-Mount Sekirozan-Lake Sagami - Eventually I got back beyond the damaged area. All day I could hear terrible music. Look across the valley and up the hill and you will see a theme pa

Eventually I got back beyond the damaged area. All day I could hear terrible music. Look across the valley and up the hill and you will see a theme park. The music from here was very loud.


Japan-Hiking-Mount Sekirozan-Lake Sagami - My path back to the station was the same, so heres a few same same lake shots.

My path back to the station was the same, so heres a few same same lake shots.


Japan-Hiking-Mount Sekirozan-Lake Sagami - Last shot of the lake. I crossed that bridge, the dam is just the other side of it.

Last shot of the lake. I crossed that bridge, the dam is just the other side of it.


Japan-Hiking-Mount Sekirozan-Lake Sagami - After my last hike, it was just me at the lonely station.

After my last hike, it was just me at the lonely station.


Japan-Hiking-Mount Sekirozan-Lake Sagami - Behold my shoes, purchased new for this trip. They have survived the trip. Altra Superior 3.5, designed for people with very wide feet. No toe blow ou

Behold my shoes, purchased new for this trip. They have survived the trip. Altra Superior 3.5, designed for people with very wide feet. No toe blow out, no sidewall blow out. They will soon be cleaned and put in the cupboard until my next trip. My feet are in good as new condition still. All hail Altra and the natural foot shape zero drop revolution or something. They should pay me, or at least sell their shoes in Australia!


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