Summer is approaching! Husband and I have been doing a lot of hikings lately in preparation for Mt. Fuji. Few weeks ago, we hiked Mt. Nabewari part of Tanzawa mountain range and last week, we took a short hike to a nearby town of Aiko District.
Mt. Bukka or Bukkasan as known to locals has a peak of 747 m. It was only a short 1.5-hour hike to the top but followed by a beautiful view of the Tanzawa mountain range and Lake Miyagase. Hiking its nearby peak Mt. Takatori was something we’ve already done last year which offers the same scene, however, the trail to Mt. Bukka was a little more challenging with mixture of large rocks and sharp edges.
There was one thing I cannot forget from hiking these mountains last year though, the brutality of leeches. I really hope it doesn’t discourage you from hiking it. Just be prepared to wear very thick socks, wool preferably, or better buy anti-leech socks. My husband and I actually hope to invest one soon as we plan to hike more. Mountains in Japan are known to have leeches or hiru in Japanese.
We started the hike around 2 p.m. Getting to the jump-off point of Mt. Bukkasan is the same with Mt. Takatori. Here’s the map to the parking lot. Walk ahead to the nearest bus stop you could see and cross the road. The trail up starts there. Not far from the entrance is a sign warning hikers to beware of land leeches. There are two leech spray bottles as well however most of the time they’re empty.
At the tower, we took a major rest and ate edamame and KitKat. The wind was constantly blowing but with the right amount of temperature leaving us cooler and more relaxed overlooking the beautiful Lake Miyagase.