Peak Challenge

If you’re interested in a couple of strenuous climbs, but only have a few days during your Japan trip to do them, we’d recommend this plan. The first ascent is of magnificent Kaikomagatake (one of Japan’s 100 Famous Mountains) and Senjogatake, and the second Mount Fuji. Start and finish in Tokyo, with a night in Matsumoto between the mountain hikes.

You must be experienced and prepared for strenuous mountain hiking.

Highlights

A short, challenging mountain hike over a peak in central Japan.
Day 1

Meet midday Tokyo, then travel by train and road to the South Alps. Stay at lodgings close to trail head for start of climb tomorrow.

Overnight lodge.

Day 2

Start climb of Komagatake. The ascent starts more or less immediately and it’s all steep uphill for 6 to 7 hours through the heavily forested slopes of Komagatake. The autumn colours in late September are wonderful.

Overnight mountain hut.

Day 3

Continue climb to the summit of Komagatake (2,967m). The white granite peaks is now visible rising above the treeline. After summiting, we’ll descend through forests before climbing to the second main peak of Senjogatake (3,033m). From Senjogatake the path descends via a broad col to the Odaira Sanso hut on the Kitazawatoge Pass. Be prepared, on both nights, to sleep on futon in shared space in well-managed huts. As is normal at most staffed Japanese mountain huts, meals are provided, so there’s no need to carry heavy food and cooking utensils, or tents or sleeping bags.

Overnight mountain hut

Day 4

After breakfast we’ll travel out of the mountains to Matsumoto. We’ll do some sightseeing in the afternoon, taking in the ‘Crow Castle’. Dinner at a very nice Japanese restaurant with menu featuring locally sourced ingredients.

Overnight hotel

Day 5

We’ll travel south to Mount Fuji where we’ll start the climb one of the higher stations. Overnight will be in a mountain hut before and early rise to hopefully see the sunrise from 3,776m).

Overnight mountain hut

 

Day 7

After descending to the 5th station, we’ll stop at a natural hot spring onsen for a relaxing bath, before continuing to Tokyo where we’ll have a well-earned drink and dinner.

Overnight hotel.

Day 8

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