(朝日岳) Mt. Asahi Hike


Definitely need to rent a car for this, so parking it until I can figure that one out.

Budget: JPY? (~USD?)
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Hike Date / Difficulty (Elevation: 1,871m / 6,138ft)
  • Target 2021
  • Difficulty: 4 out 5
  • Route below is around 18.4kilometers, with an elevation change of ▲1,975m/ ▽1,959m
  • Map Link


When to Go
July 23 to August 17 if you don't have a car. Otherwise, early July to late October.

Special Notes
  • Weather check: Japanese
  • Trailheads. There's quite a lot of them, and here's a rundown of each and the access to each. But if you don't have a car, the only realistic option really, is Asahi-kousen. Yet as the bus departs at 1pm, the start of the hike is 2:20pm at the earliest. A possibility is taxi to Kotera-kousen, then descend via Asahi-kousen, or, just rent a car. Or hitchhike.
    • Awataki Dam (泡滝ダム) / Ootori-tozanguchi (大鳥登山口). This trailhead means a 14 hour, 23.5km, ▲3,064m/ ▽1,683m hike to the summit.
      • Bus from Tsuruoka Station (鶴岡駅) to Ootoriguchi, details here. JPY1,430 one way. This is not running for 2020, and will have to update for 2021.
  
      • From Otori-tozanguchi to Awataki Dam, you'll have to hire a car, call 0235-53-2121.
    • Asahi-kousen (朝日鉱泉). Bus from Aterazawa Station (左沢駅), JPY3,500 one way, runs from July 23 to August 17, details here.
  
    • Kotera-kousen (古寺鉱泉). No public transport, closest station is Aterazawa Station (左沢駅), 50 minutes by taxi (JPY11,000ish). If you have a car, this might be the best stop.
    • Hara Bus Stop (原バス停) / 障子ヶ岳登山口. There seems to be a bus from Yamagata Station (山形駅), but I just can't find it.
    • Rifure (りふれ) / 五味沢登山口. This trailhead means a 13 hour, 21.5km, ▲2,687m/ ▽1,161m hike to the summit.
      • From Koguni Station (小国駅), there's a bus that goes direct to Rifure (りふれ), at about JPY520 one way. Details here. Bus runs throughout the year.
        • Bus Schedule for Koguni (小国駅) -> Rifure (りふれ).
          • 07:22am -> 08:00am
          • 12:12pm -> 01:00pm
          • 03:52pm -> 04:30pm
          • 06:02pm -> 06:40pm
        • Bus Schedule for Rifure (りふれ) -> Koguni (小国駅).
          • 07:10am -> 07:53am
          • 08:10am -> 09:02am
          • 01:10pm -> 01:48pm
          • 04:40pm -> 05:18pm
    • 祝瓶山荘. No public transport.
    • Higuresawa-koya (日暮沢小屋). No public transport.
  • Mountain Huts. 
    • There's one right at the summit: Ooasahi-koya (大朝日岳)
      • Free... somewhat. You get the same thing as a free hut, but a person will be manning them from mid-June to mid-October, and you'll have to pay JPY1,500ish per night during that period. Outside of that period, it's free. Reservations at 0237-62-2111.
    • Torihara-koya (鳥原小屋)
Itinerary
Day 1





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