(甲斐駒ヶ岳) Kaikomagatake Hike

 

Hyakumeizan!

Budget: JPY10,620 (~USD103)

  • JPY4,820. Roundtrip train fare, assuming use of Seishun 18 ticket.
  • JPY3,500. Bus, Chino Station < > Senryuso (JPY1,750 one way)
  • JPY2,300. Bus, Senryuso < > Kitazawa-touge (JPY1,150 one way)

Hike Date / Difficulty (Elevation: 2,966m / 9,731ft)

  • Target: 2021
  • Difficulty: 4 out of 5. 
  • Route below is around 8.2kilometers, with an elevation change of ▲1,219m/ ▽1,214m
  • PDF Map Link 
When to Go
Logs were available throughout the year, so definitely doable, but bring axe etc. 

Special Notes

  • Weather check. English / Japanese. English more detailed, Japanese more accurate. 
  • Given the access limitations, if using public transportation, allot day 1 as "getting there" day, as expected ETA at trailhead is 1:10pm. If using a car, drive there Friday night. 
  • Trailheads. The main one is Kitazawa-touge, but I'm adding 戸台 because all winter hikes (Jan/Feb) seem to start there. 
    • Kitazawa-touge (北沢峠)Google maps pin. Trailhead is shared for Mt. Senjo and Kaikomagatake. Access details are in the city's website. Buses run from mid July to early November. 
      • Train, Tokyo to Chino Station (茅野駅). 
        • There's also a bus from Kisofukushima Station (木曽福島駅) for those wishing to do a Kisokomagatake-Utsugi and Southern Alps combo. 
      • Bus, Chino Station to Senryuso (仙流荘). JPY1,750, 1 hour 15 minutes one way. Buses not running for 2020, website here. Look for "南アルプスジオライナー"
        • There's only one bus everyday - 
          • 10:15am Chino Station - 11:30am Senryuso (仙流荘)
          • 04:45pm Senryuso (仙流荘) - 06:15pm Chino Station 
      • Bus, Senryuso (仙流荘) to Kitazawa-touge. JPY1,150, 55 minutes one way. Buses not running for 2020. 
Bus schedule, (仙流荘) to Kitazawa-touge (北沢峠)
    • Todai (戸台). Google maps pin here. The bus above to Kitazawa-touge runs up to here (戸台口). As this is for winter hike purposes, driving is really the doable option. 
  • Mountain huts.
    • Paid. Only at the trailhead.  
    • Free. None that I can see.  emergency hut (tldr: free hut) during winter. 
    • Camping. 長衛小屋, 10 minutes from the trailhead. 

Itinerary
Saturday

  • Train, Tokyo to Chino Station. 
  • 10:15am. Bus, Chino Station to Senryuso (仙流荘)
  • 11:30am. ETA Senryuso (仙流荘)
  • 12:10pm. Senryuso (仙流荘) to Kitazawa-touge (北沢峠)
  • 01:05pm. ETA: Kitazawa-touge (北沢峠).
  • 01:10pm. Set camp at 長衛小屋 camping ground. 

Sunday

  • 07:00am. Start hike.
  • 11:10am. ETA: Summit, lunch for an hour. 
  • 03:45pm. Back at camping spot. 
  • 04:00pm. Bus back to Senryuso. 

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