Saturday, September 17, 2011

Yarigatake Hiking



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


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


Hiking in Japan can be... challenging.


Enjoy the... trail?


Arrows and chains mean you are going the right way.


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


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



Terrifyingly amazing view.


Obviously, the sunrise ascent is a popular one.



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


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


Ἀντισθένης 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...


Unknown 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!

Unknown 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.