Mt. Tenran 天覧山 – Mt. Tonosu 多峯主山
|Duration: 4 hours|
|Distance: 9.2 km|
|Elevation change: 95 metres|
|Start: Hanno Station (Seibu Ikebukuro Line)|
|Finish: Hanno Station (Seibu Ikebukuro Line)|
|Map: Yama-to-Kogen 山と高原地図 series 1:50000 ［No.22 Okuchichibu 奥武蔵・秩父］|
A Great Spot to Enjoy Natural Surroundings in Saitama
Located at what might be considered the commutable edge of Tokyo, Hanno City in Saitama Prefecture is a great spot to enjoy local natural surroundings. During the summer months the Iruma River which runs through the city is a drawcard for swimming and BBQs and in the autumn the changing Fall colours draw sightseers to a nature reserve north of river.
This family oriented hike is accessible from Hanno Station on the Seibu Ikebukuro Line around an hour from central Tokyo. From the train station check the local area map or visitor information center and head towards the Central Park and the Nonin-ji Temple. It takes around 20 minutes to reach the temple compound or alternatively take a bus to the Tenranzan-shita 天覧山下 bus stop. The trail up to Mount Tenran 天覧山 (195 m) skirts around the right side of the temple taking you past a lower rest area before popping out at an observation platform which on clear days provides views from Mt. Oyama crossways to Mt. Takanosu and of course Mount Fuji. From here the trail heads down a stepped embankment where you can wander around to Mt. Tonosu 多峯主山 (271 m). The full course is around 9 kilometres and an alternative return option takes the Okumusashi Nature Path thru to Koma Station.