Mt. Akadake Round Trip from Minotoguchi Via Jizo Ridge | HIKES IN JAPAN

Mt. Akadake Round Trip from Minotoguchi Via Jizo Ridge

This course is a round trip to highest peak in the Yatsugatake Mountains including an overnight stay at a mountain hut on the ridgeline.
  • Duration
    2Days / 10Hours
    Highest Point
    Elevation Gain
  • Skill Level
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    Gear Level
Mt. Akadake is the highest peak in the Yatsugatake Mountains, which straddle Nagano Prefecture and Yamanashi Prefecture. From the peak you will be treated to a 360-degree panorama of the Japanese Alps, Mt. Fuji (Fuji-san), and beyond. Numerous hiking trails are available and hikers can choose a route suited to different experience and skill level. There are routes that traverse from nearby mountains such as Mt. Io (Ioh-dake) in the north, Mt. Gongen (Gongen-dake) in the south, and Mt. Amida (Amida-dake) in the west, but here we will introduce a round-trip course to Mt. Akadake from Minotoguchi trailhead.

Get off the bus at Minotoguchi trailhead, where Yatsugatake Sanso mountain hut is. From here, start walking the woodland trail. After crossing the river and walking the forest trail for approximately an hour, you will arrive at Minoto. There are three mountain huts here.

Past the Minoto Sanso mountain hut, the trail divides into the Kitasawa route to the left and the Minamisawa route to the right. Take the Minamisawa route on the right. Cross the series of small bridges and ascend up through the conifer forest belt. As soon as you leave the forest, you will see a nice view and come out into a dry valley. Ascend up along the valley and after once again entering the forest belt you will arrive at the Gyoja-goya mountain hut.

Enter the Jizo Ridge (Jizo-one) trail behind the hut. From here you will climb up through the conifer forest belt for a while. Ascend the scree slope, and climb the steel steps after coming out of the conifer forest belt.

After climbing to the top of the traverse steps, the slope will become gentler and you will again ascend a scree slope. After getting over the chain area you will come out on the main ridge, which has a guide post. You will stay the night at the Akadake-tenbo-so mountain hut, which is marked by the wind turbine standing on the ridgeline.

The next day, climb the rocky area from the Akadake-tenbo-so while holding onto the chains installed near the stone pine belt. You will come out on the ridgeline in approximately 40 minutes. After climbing to the top of the rocks, you will be at the summit.

Retrace your steps back down the mountain.

Other Info

The mountain face is notable for the red color of its rocks, which comes from iron oxide.There are a number of Jizo (Kshitigarbha) statues along the trail as well as a shrine at the peak, relics of the mountain’s once-sacred status.

High Season:June to October


The upper parts of the Jizo Ridge climbing trail feature chains and steps, so there is a need to be careful to avoid slipping down the slope. If the weather is poor, you may need to consider returning to Gyoja-goya via Bunzaburo Ridge (Bunzaburo-one), which is relatively less perilous.

Route Map

Elevation Map

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Horizontal Distance (km)


2Days / 10Hours
Highest Point
2899m(Mt. Akadake)
Elevation Gain
Horizontal Distance
Skill Level
Fitness Level
Gear Level

On the Trail


Yatsugatake Sanso, Akadake Sanso, Minoto Sanso, Gyoja-goya, Akadake-tenbo-so, Akadake Chojo Sanso


Yatsugatake Sanso






Take the JR Chuo Line from Tokyo Station to Shinjuku Station (Approx. 15 minutes). From Shinjuku Station, transfer to the JR Chuo Line Limited Express and get off at Chino Station (Approx. 2 hours and 10 minutes).
Take the Alpico Route Bus from Chino Station to Minotoguchi (Approx. 40 minutes).



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