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Mt. Jiigatake and Mt. Kashima-yarigatake, Round Trip from Kashiwabara Shindo

Touring through the two beautiful mountains of the Ushiro-tateyama Peaks.
  • Duration
    2Days / 14.5Hours
    Highest Point
    2889m
    Elevation Gain
    1554m
  • Skill Level
    Fitness Level
    Gear Level

Mt. Jiigatake and Mt. Kashima-yarigatake are mountains that constitute parts of the Northern Japanese Alps and southern Ushiro-tateyama Peaks, located on the prefectural border of Nagano and Toyama Prefectures. Mt. Kashima-yarigatake is selected as one of Japan's 100 most famous mountains. Three-peaked Mt. Jiigatake and dual-peaked Mt. Kashima-yarigatake are both beautiful on their own, and has gorgeous views of Mt. Tsurugi (Tsurugi-dake) and the Tateyama Peaks. This course introduces a round-trip route from Kashiwabara Shindo, which is well-maintained and comparatively easy to walk, and has two mountain huts.

The Kashiwabara Shindo Trailhead provides a parking lot, which gets congested with private cars of hikers during weekends and holidays.


Walk on the right bank of the stream for a while, until the trail turns into a zigzagging ascent through the forest belt. Pass through the edge of a precipice on the left and through the open space with a cairn, then the trail turns into a gently ascending traverse.


Walk pass the stone-paved area and the trail becomes flat and continues through the shrub zone, where the view improves.


Passing the chain-supported area, hikers will arrive at Taneike-sanso mountain hut in approximately 3 hours and 30 minutes from the trailhead.


From Taneike-sanso, ascend on the ridgeline through the stone pine belt. The ridgeline provides wonderful view of Tateyama Peaks. Approximately an hour of hiking from the hut will take hikers to the southern peak of Mt. Jiigatake. Hike over the central peak and traverse through the west side of the northern peak and descend zigzagging on the ridgeline, and hikers will arrive at Tsumetaike-sanso mountain hut via Akaiwa-one fork in approximately an hour and 15 minutes. This is the place to stay for the first day.


Day 2. Set out from Tsumetaike-sanso and walk pass the camping area. Hike up the ridgeline in zigzags, and hikers will arrive at Mt. Nunobiki (Nunobiki-dake) in approximately an hour and 20 minutes.


Proceed on the ridgeline for approximately another 50 minutes, and hikers will arrive at the southern peak of Mt. Kashima-yarigatake. The other peak, the northern peak is approximately an hour and 10 minutes away round trip.


Take the same route back for the return trip.

Other Info

Looking over to the west from the ridgelines of Mt. Jiigatake and Mt. Kashima-yarigatake, hikers can enjoy the beautiful mountains of Tateyama Peaks and Mt. Tsurugi. Especially the view of Mt. Tsurugi is impressive with its saw blade-like ridgeline of eight peaks (commonly called “Yatsumine”), along with the view of the Sea of Japan in the background.


High Season:July to September

Notes

This course is a round-trip route. For the Day-2 hiking to the summit of Mt. Kashima-yarigatake, hikers can leave their excess baggage at the Tsumetaike-sanso where they stayed the day before.

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Elevation Map

Height (m)
Horizontal Distance (km)

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Duration
2Days / 14.5Hours
Highest Point
2889m(Mt. Kashima-yarigatake southern peak)
Elevation Gain
1554m
Horizontal Distance
21.7Km
Skill Level
Fitness Level
Gear Level

On the Trail

Sleeping

Taneike Sanso, Tsumetaike Sanso

Eating

Ogisawa Station, Restaurant Ogisawa

Hot-Springs

Omachi Onsenkyo Yakushino-yu

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Access

Mt. Jiigadake and Mt. Kashima-yarigatake are located on the prefectural border of Nagano and Toyama Prefectures. From Tokyo Station, take the Hokuriku Shinkansen to Nagano Station (approx. 80 minutes). From Nagano Station, transfer to the special express Wide View Shinano bound for Nagoya to Matsumoto Station (approx. 50 minutes). From Matsumoto Station, transfer to the JR Oito Line to Shinano-omachi Station (approx. 60 minutes).
From Shinano-omachi Station, take the Alpico Kotsu Bus to Ogisawa (approx. 40 minutes). From Ogisawa, walk back on the roadway for 15 minutes to get to Kashiwabara Shindo Trailhead.

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