To Mt. Mitsumine

mitsumine 1 mitsumine 2 mitsumine 3 mitsumine 4 futase dam

last month, i turned 38.
to celebrate, i decided a touring trip farther afield than usual was in order… which was a rather convenient excuse for heading out on a beautiful, summer-like day in may.

on this trip, i headed to mount mitsumine in oku-chichibu to see futase dam and mitsumine shrine.  the forests, now a deeper shade of green, have now fully filled in, and though the forecast was for mid-summer temperatures, the mountain air was still cool and refreshing.  on the trip out, i encountered wild monkeys– actually saw them this time!– while driving through one of the passes, and once down on the chichibu side, had an impromptu companion motorbiker who was going in the same direction.

futase dam, unfortunately, was undergoing construction, so i wasn’t able to see it in action, but i was able to drive across the top of it to reach the shrine.  at an altitude of 1102m, the view from the shrine was stunning and the colorful shrine equally so.

since i only had limited time, i didn’t get to see everything there, but that just means i’ll have to go back again to see the rest!

先月38歳になりました。
お誕生日のお祝いとしていつもより遠出しよう!

...となんだかんだ言って、気持ちがいいお天気でとにかくツーリングに行きたかったので、言い訳があって良かった☆ってところです(笑)

この日向かったのは秩父の三峰山の二瀬ダムと三峰神社。
今は緑もすっかり深くなり、夏日と言われたこの日でも、山の中はひんやりした空気に包まれていました。行きには定峰峠を通過中サルに遭遇したり、彩甲斐街道では見知らぬライダーと二人ツーリングっぽく走ったり。二瀬ダムはあいにく工事中で水が流れていませんでしたが、その上を渡ってたどり着いた標高1102mにある三峰神社からの景色は、見晴らしが良くとても綺麗でした。

時間が限られていたので、残念ながら全部を見て回れませんでしたが、次ぎ来た時の楽しみを残しておくのもいいかなと思えました。

あの時のライダーさんにまた会うかな?

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2 thoughts on “To Mt. Mitsumine

  1. Enid on said:

    As alwsys, your photography is breathtaking.

  2. Allys on said:

    Happy birthday for last month :) What beautiful countryside and a stunning temple. I hope you get back there to see more.

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