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.
MT. AMAKAZARI: Take in the 360-degree panoramic views from the summit of one of Japan's 100 Famous Mountains
DRIVE TO THE TRAILHEAD: Enjoy the scenic views of traditional homes and "satoyama" landscape on the way
ONSEN: Opportunity to relax after the hike in a quiet indoor or outdoor natural onsen
IMAGE GALLERY (August, 2018)
This is one of our locally organized and locally guided tours, where pricing is based on a flat guiding fee of ¥30,000 per day. All other expenses during the course of the tour are to be paid by the customers as they are incurred. Contact us for a detailed estimate of those expenses before booking.
PICK-UP & DROP-OFF
Complimentary pick-up and drop-off can be provided from/to 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).
There is no minimum number of participants for this tour
Group size will be limited to a maximum of 4 persons.
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
BOOKING & PAYMENT
For your convenience and ours, bookings are made through our online booking platform by clicking on the 'BOOK' button below and following the steps presented: (1) Choose a start time/date (2) Fill out the required information (3) Enter a coupon code (if applicable) (4) Complete your booking by clicking on the 'Book It' button.
Upon confirmation of your booking, we will reach out to you through the contact information you provided to confirm or customize your itinerary and to follow up with any further questions or instructions. In general, payments are accepted in cash on the day of the tour.
Scale One of Japan's '100 Famous Mountains'
Mid-June - Mid-October
¥30,000 guiding fee
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