(岩木山) Mt. Iwaki Hike


A very chill looking hike, and I'm rather torn if I should stay the night to see the sunrise/sunset. 

Budget: JPY3,730 (~USD35)

  • JPY1,180. Train, Shin-Aomori Station to/from Hirosaki Station.
  • JPY2,550. Bus, Hirosaki Station to/from Iwaki's 8th Station

Hike Date / Difficulty (Elevation: 1,625m / 5,331ft)

  • Target: 2020
  • Difficulty: 2 out of 5
  • Route below is around 2.4kilometers, with an elevation change of ▲465m/ ▽465m
  • PDF Map Link

When to Go

Buses run from April 1 to end of November, so that might be your constraint. 

Special Notes

  • Trailhead: Iwaki-choujoueki (岩木山頂駅).  There are a couple of ways to get there (just looking at the map, I count five trails), but for this post I'm choosing the one closest to the summit. 
    • Access to Shin-Aomori. The closest main station is Shin-Aomori Station (新青森駅). If you are from Tokyo, you can go to Aomori via:
      • Overnight bus. JPY4,000 one way if using JBL bus pass. Without the pass, it can range from JPY4,000 to JPY9,000 depending on the date, reservations here
      • Bullet train. JPY18,000ish one way. For August 2020 to March 2021, bullet trains are 50% off. 
      • Airplane. 
    • Train, Shin-Aomori Station (新青森駅) to Hirosaki Station (弘前駅)
    • Bus, Hirosaki Station (弘前駅), transfer at Dake-onsen (岳温泉) to Iwakichoujo-eki (岩木山頂駅), which is called 8th station (八台目)
      • There is a "Skyline" ticket at JPY2,550 roundtrip, but reservations needed here. This is only available mid-May to end of October. 
      • Otherwise, the ticket is JPY2,060 one way. 
Bus schedule, Hirosaki Station (弘前駅) to Iwaki's 8th Station (八台目)
Transfer at Dake-onsen (岳温泉)
  • Mountain huts. 
    • Free emergency huts. 
      • 鳳鳴ヒュッテ. About 30 minutes from the summit, google shows these pictures
      • 頂上避難小屋. Right next to the summit, and google shows these pictures
    • Paid mountain hut. It doesn't seem like there's any.
    • Camping. No camp spots either. 
  • There's a water source about an hour from the summit, but it is likely just a stream. 

Itinerary

  • 07:10am. Bus, Hirosaki Station to 8th Station.
  • 09:00am. Start hike.
  • 10:20am. ETA: Summit
  • 11:20am. ETA: 8th Station.
  • 11:50am. Bus, 8th Station to Hirosaki Station. 


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