Spring is well on its way, even in Otaki. Though the nights are still chilly, sun-drenched days are coaxing buds from the mountain’s trees. Still no green, however. Patience is a virtue deep in the mountains.
With the coming of spring comes the opening of the road leading to Otaki Village’s Ta-no-Hara 田の原 nature park. The park sits at Mt. Ontake’s seventh stage (of ten) at around 2,500 meters. The park provides great access to the mountain, which can be climbed in a day.
A word of caution, there is still a lot of snow at Ta-no-Hara. Care should be taken by drivers especially in the morning and evening when the road can still freeze over. Of course, care should also be taken by anyone climbing Mt. Ontake in this season. Proper gear is essential.
The road leading to Ta-no-Hara will open from tomorrow, Saturday, April 25th. It’s a beautiful season to visit Otaki and Mt. Ontake. Come, and enjoy!!