Akanagi-san Day Hike (09Jul2017)
It was a rainy season of a year in Japan. I did not expect a sunny day on weekends (because of my luck), but the weather forecast said it would be fine on Sunday. This time, my aim was at flowers in mountains. Flowers are beautiful in this season in Japan, but lat June, I missed an Ozegahara hike to see skunk cabbage at its best. I planned an Akanagi-san hike to see Nikko day lilies that were at their best at Kirifuri Kogen.
A summer day
“I have two plans for the hike next Sunday. One is Mt. Nikko-Shirane hike. The other one is Mt. Akanagi hike to see Nikko day lilies. Which one do you like?”
“How long we should walk?”
“About 7 hours for Mt. Nikko-Shirane hike from Suganuma oarking and less than 4 hours for Mt. Akanagi hike, I think.”
“I want to go Mt. Akanagi because TV news said Nikko day lilies at Kirifuri Kogen were at their best.”
It was a really hot day. I sweated a lot even by the walk from the parking lot. We arrived at the 1st parking lot at 6:50 am but it was fill. We had to move to the 3rd parking lot that is about 10 minutes apart from the trailhead.
At about the half of the step, there was a rest area with roof. This was the only place where we could escape from the strong sunlight. Many people took a break there, especially tourists to see Nikko day lilies. It might be good idea to take a break there because the stairs became steeper from there.
It took 40 minutes to the observation platform. We sweated gallons due to the strong sunlight, no wind and a long stair. The temperature of the day was 33 degrees while the average temperature of July 9 in Nikko was 25 degrees.
I estimated that, for my daughter, Akanagi-san was about 1 hour to 1 hour and half walk from the platform. There looked no shade until the mountaintop area. It should have become a tough hike.
A cloud blotted out the mountaintop and wind began to blow when we arrived there. It cooled down…
It cooled down but the path became uneasy to walk due to slippy due to wet soil, roots of trees and steeper slope.
There were so many tourists and hikers when we went down to the trailhead. Thanks to the sunny weather during the rainy season, I think lots of people could enjoy the Nikko day lilies at their best.
Route & Time
Hike date: July 9, 2017
Members: Family (farther, mother and 9-year-old daughter)
7:07 trailhead (1st step of the stairs) – 7:23 halfway of the stairs(a rest area with roof) – 7:46 Observation platform 7:53 – 9:20 My Akanagi 9:32 – 10:17 Observation platform – 10:37 trailhead [3 hours and 30 minutes]
Access using public transportation
Hot bath after hiking
1.5 km walk from
underpass of expressway