Distance: 7.8 km
Elevation change: 623 metres
Highest point: 903 metres
Start: Hossawa no taki iriguchi Bus Stop
Finish: Kamigawanori Bus Stop
Another Great Hike in Hinohara Village
Hinohara Village is a popular playground for Tokyoites and includes several noteworthy drawcards including Mt. Mito, and the Odake and Mitsugo limestone caves. I also discovered on this hike it includes a waterfall listed in the One Hundred Waterfalls of Japan, the Hossawa Falls 払沢の滝. Being on the fringes of Tokyo also means its trails are well marked, and with most mountains falling under the 1,000-metre ceiling, they are family-friendly.
To get to the Hossawa no Taki Iriguchi bus stop 払沢の滝入口 take a 20-minute bus ride (470 yen) from Musashi-Itsukaichi Station (bus stop 1). It is definitely recommended to make a short detour via the waterfalls, which takes around 10 minutes up a dirt path. The best advice is to jump on an early bus to avoid the place swarming with sightseers. After taking in the beautiful cascades, return to the road and turn left where there is a sign pointing towards Mt. Sengenrei 浅間嶺. After heading up the road, the first marker you should look for is on the left-hand side, leading up some stairs (this isn’t the trailhead, but a shortcut bypassing a section of road you’re walking). After hitting back onto the road, keep heading up and look for a sign directing you to the Tossaka Pass 時坂峠.
Next is another short section of the paved road, passing by a historic homestead. Shortly afterwards, the road diverges, so take the road on the left and begin the gradual climb up to Mt. Sengenrei. The trail is easygoing, and after 45 minutes, the trail forks with the option of heading directly to the summit or passing via the Sengenrei rest place. Given the top of Mt. Sengenrei (903 m) has terrific views towards Mt. Odake and Mt. Gozen I would suggest making this your lunch spot.
After refuelling with some calories, the trail to the Kamigawanori bus stop 上川乗 begins on your left and takes around 50 minutes to reach. On the way down, there were several large contingents of hikers making their way up, presumably making the hike in reverse and finishing at the waterfall. The 40-minute bus ride (700 yen) back to Musashi-Itsukaichi Station returns via the same Hinohara Road.