Mt. Arashima is an unexpectedly challenging enough hike, with gorgeous views of Hakusan on one side, and Mt. Ibuki on another.
JPY16,000 (~USD135) from Tokyo Station
Hike Date / Difficulty
- JPY1,720. Train, Fukui Station <> Kadohara Station (JPY860 one way)
- or JPY5,000, share in car rental etc.
- JPY8,000. Night bus, Tokyo < > Fukui Station
- JPY3,000. Hostel near Fukui Station.
(Elevation: 1,523m / 4,997ft)
When to Go
- April 17, 2022
- Difficulty: 3 out of 5.
- Route below is around 8.6kilometers, with an elevation change of ▲1,272m/ ▽1,272m
- Map Link
Throughout the year, but prepare for snow during winter.
We went in April where there was still plenty of snow, though some parts had none, so I had to put on and take off my crampons a couple of times.
Train schedule, Fukui Station <> Trailheads above
- This is a "piston hike", meaning one straight ascent. There's a brief descent from Shakunage-daira (シャクナゲ平), but other than that it was a consistently steep hike up to reach the summit (at least from Kadohara Station trailhead).
- 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.
- The first access point is to get to Fukui area. I took an overnight bus from Tokyo to Kanazawa Station, as there are more buses going to Kanazawa than Fukui.
- The buses normally leave Tokyo around 10pm to midnight, while the return bus arrives around 6am. It costs JPY4,000~ one way. I used this site to search for the cheapest bus and booked from there.
- 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.
- Car navigation wise, I inputted "Kadohara Station". There are two parking spots at the trailhead, one at the side of the mountain and the other right across for overflows.
- 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.
Itinerary - via car rental
- 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.
- Wild camping wise, Shakunage-daira (シャクナゲ平) halfway up Kadohara trailhead and the summit might be a decent spot.
Hike seems to take 6-7 hours
during summer, and one log for winter took them 7.5hours
- 10:20pm. Bus, Tokyo to Fukui Station
- 06:25am. ETA: Fukui Station
- Explore Noto Peninsula
- Drive from Fukui Station to Kadohara Station (one hour ish)
- Hike Mt. Arashima (6 hrs ish?)
- 09:30pm. Bus, Fukui Station to Tokyo.
- 06:30am. ETA: Shinjuku Station.
Actual Log - via car rental
- 11:00pm. Bus, Tokyo to Kanazawa Station. I wanted a bus to Fukui, but the buses were full when I booked. The bus was NOT a nice bus, just a normal 4 seater one.
- 07:35am. Arrived at Kanazawa Station.
- Explored Noto Peninsula, drove to Fukui Station.
- 07:30am. Started driving from Fukui Station to Kadohara Station trailhead.
- 08:30am. Arrived at trailhead, geared up and started hiking. It started with a short, steep walk up the concrete path, then some switchbacks up a gravel? rocky? trail up.
- 09:13am. Arrived at the official trailhead, which was the top of a the old ski lift.
- 11:04am. Arrived at the fork - Shakunage-daira (シャクナゲ平). It was covered in snow, but given the "平 part of the fork, I assume it's a flat enough spot for people camping. From here I turned left, looking at the summit. (spoiler alert : it was not the summit). I had to go down a bit, and then it was back to the steep ascent.
- 12:27pm. Arrived at the summit with gorgeous views of Hakusan.
- 01:04pm. Started the descent.
- 04:31pm. Back at the car, tidied up, and drove back to Kanazawa Station to catch our bus.
- 10:30pm. Bus, Fukui Station to Tokyo.
- 06:30am. Arrived at Tokyo Station. Went to work, where I slept in and missed Monday morning work (my boss called my personal phone asking me if I did not fall off a mountain! T.T)
|Kanazawa Station on a dreary morning. |
|Kanazawa Station on a clear night. |
|The trailhead near Kadohara Station. There's a toilet that's closed in winter, a "phone booth" where hikers should register their hikes, and a huge parking lot (maybe for 40 cars?)|
|Supposedly open at April, but we got there April 18 and it was closed. |
|The parking lot. I see 10 ish cars here, then 4 rows, so 4x10 maybe 40 slots? There is an "overflow" parking right across though. |
|The first part of the hike is going up this concrete. |
|Then some switchbacks up here. |
|Gravelly / rocky (?) trail?|
|The top of an old lift, which is the official trailhead. |
|The sign that says this is the trailhead. |
|Pretty pretty trees in the hike. |
|2km to the summit!!!|
|Soon got into the snowy section of the trail, and we had to put our crampons on. |
| Shakunage-daira (シャクナゲ平).|
|Summit from Shakunage-daira (シャクナゲ平). Spoiler alert - it was not. |
|The 前荒島岳. Like a pre-summit. |
|Or a baby Arashima?|
|Ugh. See that trail in the snow? It was easy enough to go up, but going down I slid 2/3 of the way. Should have taken my ice axe so I could have had self arrested. But this is the only section I felt like I needed to use an ice axe. |
|It was a gentle slope from there on, except for a short push to the summit. |
|Yes, gentle slope. |
|Going back down. |
|My friend sliding down. |
|Almost back to the car. This is the gravelly / rocky trail I'm saying. |
|Aaaaaalmost! Yey! |
Itinerary (via public transport from Fukui Station)ReplyDelete
- 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.