Mt. Amakazari is a tough climb, but one that returns an ample amount of reward in exchange for the effort to get up and down it's steep (at times) slopes. Amakazari, most famous as being included in mountaineer and author Kyuya Fukada's quintessential Japanese climbing text - 'One Hundred (Famous) Mountains of Japan', presents hikers with a beautiful and varied trail starting out in dense forest, crossing rocky stream beds, winding through an open plateau lined with bamboo grass and alpine flowers, and ultimately climaxing on a narrow rocky summit with panoramic views of the Sea of Japan and the Northern Alps. It also happens to be our local peak, located just a short drive up the road from our headquarters.
The one-way hike to the summit is short of 5 kilometers, but is packed with around 900 meters of climbing. At first glance those stats may seem daunting, but even they are a bit deceiving, as the first 1km of trail is on a mostly flat traverse, meaning that nearly all of the elevation gain is crammed into less than 4 kilometers, for an average gradient north of 20%. We've allotted plenty of time for the hike however, and our slow and steady pace combined with several strategically planned breaks in key locations throughout will be a sure-fire recipe for a successful summit if your level of fitness and experience match up with the 4-B rating ascribed to this tour.
The yearly seasonal cycle sees the mountain beautifully transformed by the fresh greenery of spring, the wide variety of flowering plants in summer and the vibrant fall leaves that blanket it slopes in fall. Each season comes with plenty of unique reasons to to make the climb to the peak, but of course the weather and conditions can vary considerably across the four months that the tour is offered. If you have any questions about a specific season please don't hesitate to ask.
IMAGE GALLERY (August, 2018)
PICK-UP & DROP-OFF WITHIN OTARI VILLAGE
We can pick you up and drop you off from any location within the village of Otari, such as your place of lodging, one of the three ski resorts located within the village (Tsugaike Kogen, Hakuba Norikura & Hakuba Cortina) or Otari's main train station - Minami Otari (on the JR Oito Line).
All ground transportation (whether by private car, taxi, train and/or bus) during the hours of the tour is included in the price.
Basic hiking insurance covering personal injury, liability and search and rescue is included in the price.
TEA, COFFEE & SNACKS
We will take a few breaks along the way to rest, enjoy the scenery, and refuel with some drinks and snacks. We are happy to carry and share a few tasty drinks and treats to supplement the foods and drinks you choose to bring with you on this hike. This service is included in the tour price.
ONSEN (HOT SPRING)
The bathing fee for a local onsen (post-hike) is included in the price, and we can also provide complimentary towels if necessary.
To honor your successful summit, leave you with a small token of your effort, and to follow in the footsteps of most the Japanese peak hunters who have set their sights on topping out on all of the '100 Famous Mountains' of Japan, we'll present you with a small metallic pin commemorating your climb of Mt. Amakazari (see the photo album above).
PICK-UP & DROP-OFF OUTSIDE OF OTARI VILLAGE
*If necessary or requested, it is possible to arrange pick-up and/or drop-off from several major hubs outside of Otari, specifically: Hakuba, Itoigawa, Omachi, Nagano & Matsumoto. However, please be aware that this will require extra time and incur additional fees. Please see our downloadable 'Extended Area Pick-Up & Drop-Off Policy' (PDF) for more details.
*This is a one-day tour, so lodging is typically not required or included. However, should you like to spend a night in Otari before or after your tour, we can help you arrange a stay at a local lodge or guesthouse.
*It is essential that you eat breakfast prior to the start of the tour in order to have the energy to get yourself up and down the mountain.
For this tour to operate at the listed price, we require a minimum of 2 persons.
Group size will be limited to a maximum of 4 persons.
If you are interested in booking as a private tour for one person, or a group larger than four please contact us for a price quote.
WHAT TO BRING
For this particular day-hike, typical gear requirements consist of:
Small backpack (15 to 25L)
Trail running shoes or light hiking boots
Full body poncho or rainwear (jacket and pants)
Packed lunch and trail snacks (enough to fuel yourself for 7 hours on the trail)
Water or sports drink (2L suggested)
Fleece or other insulating layer for breaks and summit
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Scale One of Japan's '100 Famous Mountains'
Mid-June - Mid-October
¥8,500 per person
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