Saturday, September 17, 2011

Yarigatake Hiking

槍ヶ岳

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The mountain is iconic, often called the Matterhorn of Japan. But I prefer the literal translation of 槍... The Spear.

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Most hike-in-Japan type guides recommend hiking early from the bus terminal in Kamikochi, ascending the mountain range one day, descending the next.

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Hiking in Japan can be... challenging.

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Enjoy the... trail?

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Arrows and chains mean you are going the right way.

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Meanwhile, down in Kamikochi, pretty ladies from Tokyo are walking around in high heels.

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And back on the mountain, our hands are looking for solid rock to grab.

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Terrifyingly amazing view.

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Obviously, the sunrise ascent is a popular one.

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A few hundred kilometers away, Mt. Fuji pokes out on the horizon. I should really get a zoom lens for these treks.

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Check out this site for rad mountain stuff in Japan, including Yari.

5 comments:

Mr. S. said...

Yari is a great hike. To top that, Tsurugi, which means you still have something to look forward to. Only problem with Tsurugi is that the main access is via the 'Tateyama-Kurobe Alpine Route' series of trams et al., and is a fabulous rip off. You and your bike may find another way to get there from the north side...

ming said...

Nice!!

Kenneth Chang said...

I would love to go there one day. I have a colleague that is a hiker and does birding in Perth and he says that hiking is a great way to feel alive and to escape the daily grind. I can't wait to try my first hike in the spring!

Monty Pennington said...

Oh I have seen some photos of a wedding that was held on a mountaintop that looks similar to this one! I wonder if there is awedding photographer in Perth that has taken photos at a hilltop wedding, that would be grand.

Courtney Chapman said...

What a view! It looks so peaceful and calm. It's good to celebrate good times and create memorable memories with view like this. I'll definitely schedule a visit to the place during my vacation.