(荒島岳) Mt. Arashima Hike

As much as I want to do this in winter, time might be too tight, given how rare the trains are. 

Budget: JPY1,720 (~USD17)
  • JPY1,720. Train, Fukui Station <> Kadohara Station (JPY860 one way)

Hike Date / Difficulty (Elevation: 1,523m / 4,997ft)
  • Target: 2021
  • Difficulty: 3 out of 5.
  • Route below is around 8.7kilometers, with an elevation change of ▲1,238m/ ▽1,238m
  • PDF Map Link


When to Go
Throughout the year, but prepare for snow during winter.
Some winter pictures as referred to by hikinginjapan website.

Special Notes
  • Weather forecast: Japanese
  • Trailheads. There are three main trailheads, all of them I'm going to refer to by the name of the closest train station.
    • Kadohara Station (勝原駅). It's 1.1kms to the trailhead (google maps pin), which is around 20 minute walk.
      • Train from Fukui Station is JPY860 one way.
    • Shimoyuino Station (柿ヶ島駅). It's 2.8kms to the trailhead (google maps pin), which is around 50minute walk.
      • Train from Fukui Station is JPY860 one way.
    • Echizen-shimoyama Station (越前下山). Right at the trailhead.
      • Train from Fukui Station is JPY990 one way.
Train schedule, Fukui Station <> Trailheads above

  • Mountain huts.
    • Paid: None.
    • Free: None.
    • Camping: There is a camping spot near the trailhead - 勝原園地 (maps pin). This is 750meters away (10minute walk) from Kadohara Station.
Itinerary
Hike seems to take 6-7 hours during summer, and one log for winter took them 7.5hours.
  • 09:08am. Train, Fukui Station to Kadohara Station.
  • 10:37am. ETA: Kadohara Station. Walk to trailhead.
  • 11:00am. ETA: Trailhead. Start hike.
  • 03:00pm. ETA: Summit.
  • 06:30pm. ETA: Trailhead. Run to the train station.
  • 06:47pm. Train, Kadohara Station to Fukui Station.

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