Distance: 7.7 km
Elevation change: 914 metres
Highest point: 1224 metres
Start: Hatonosu station (JR Ome Line)
Finish: Okutama Station (JR Ome Line)
A Summer Hike to Mt. Honita
The hike to Mt. Honita is usually combined as part of a longer walk to Mt. Kawanori however given the hot summer weather, I decided to make an early start and leave the latter mountain for another day. The hike starts out from Hatonosu Station, two stops before Okutama and takes around 90 minutes from Shinjuku, transferring for a connecting train at Ome. Exiting the station, turn right over the train tracks and follow this road for around 200 metres; the trailhead starts on your left side, opposite a small temple. The first section provides a nice view over Hatonosu Township but soon steepens as you approach the Onenoyama Shrine a key trail intersection and should take around 50 minutes to reach this point. Pay attention here as one trail heads up to Mt. Kawanori while the other heads up to Mt. Kobutaka and Mt. Honita. Look for the trail veering to the left and closest to the forestry road.
The next section traces along the Suginotono Ridge, which is marked out with white tape. After 15 minutes, the trail forks again, so keep left, and it will take around 1 hour and 10 minutes to reach Mt. Kobutaka コブタカ山 your next point of call. The ridge is quite exposed at times, which makes summer hiking particularly oppressive. After reaching this minor summit, your best bet for lunch is walking up the final 20 minutes to Mt. Honita 本仁田山 (1,224 m). Along with an abandoned shelter, there are some decent views over Okutama Township and towards Mt. Fuji. When you’re ready to head off, there is a fairly steep descent to the road, which winds its way back to Okutama Station. Note that in some places the trail is narrow and poorly maintained. After reaching the road, it’s a further 45 minutes back to the station, including two bridge crossings over a Tama River tributary.