Mt. Tengu Round trip from Shibunoyu | HIKES IN JAPAN

Mt. Tengu Round trip from Shibunoyu

This course offers twin peaks with virgin forests and rock ridges to enjoy.
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    2Days / 7.5Hours
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Mt. Tengu (Tengu-dake) is located north of Natsusawa Pass (Natsusawa-toge) on the boundary of the Southern Yatsugatake Mountains (Minami-Yatsugatake) and the Northern Yatsugatake Mountains (Kita-Yatsugatake). Selected as one of the Japan 200 Famous Mountains, it consists of the twin peaks of Mt. Nishi-Tengu (Nishi-Tengu-dake) and Mt. Higashi-Tengu (Higashi-Tengu-dake). The course offers a good variety of scenery to enjoy including the running rock ridges of the Southern Yatsugatake Mountains, the moss-covered virgin forests of the Northern Yatsugatake Mountains, and the pond of the Tengu-no-okuniwa. Here we will introduce a round trip from the historic hot spring Shibunoyu including an overnight stay at Kuroyuri-daira.

After getting off the bus at Shibunoyu, you will pass by Shibu Gotenyu and cross a valley. There are two hiking trails, one that goes along the road, and one that goes through the forest, but both eventually come together. After hiking the steep slope for approximately an hour, you will come out onto the ridge.

Ascend the gentle slope and then descend towards the Karasawa Kosen fork. From the Karasawa Kosen fork, walk the gentle valley trail and as the surrounding scenery changes from virgin forest to shrubs and scree slopes, you will soon arrive at Kuroyuri-daira.

From Kuroyuri-daira, the trail divides into a route that goes along the ridgeline from the crossroad of Nakayama Pass (Nakayama-toge) and one that goes through the Tengu-no-okuniwa, but both routes come together just before Mt. Higashi-Tengu. From Kuroyuri-daira you will arrive at Mt. Higashi-Tengu in approximately an hour and a half. The area around the mountain is a scree slope. Compared to the conical Mt. Nishi-Tengu, Mt. Higashi-Tengu has noticeably rockier ridges.

Descend from Mt. Higashi-Tengu to the col and then climb back up the scree slope for approximately 20 minutes and you will arrive at Mt. Nishi-Tengu. There is a triangulation station located at Mt. Nishi-Tengu, which offers 360-degree panoramic view of the Northern and Southern Yatsugatake Mountains and beyond. Head back down to Kuroyuri-daira and stay the night at the Kuroyuri Hyutte.

The next day, trace your steps back down the mountain.If you were unable to summit Mt. Tengu due to poor weather or lack of time the first day, you can climb it on the second day.

Other Info

The name of Kuroyuri-daira, the location of the Kuroyuri Hyutte, comes from the Japanese name for the black lily (Fritillaria camschatcensis), a rare alpine plant. In the summer, the area is carpeted in fields of flowers.

High Season:June to October


As the Kuroyuri Hyutte is open all year long, this course is popular for snow mountain climbing in the winter. However, the ridgeline from Nakayama Pass to Mt. Higashi-Tengu is highly asymmetric, with the eastern side of the ridge being a precipitous cliff. Further, the constant strong winds that blow from the west side make it easy for snow cornices to form. As such, there is a need to carefully probe the route when climbing on days with poor visibility or other difficult conditions.

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2Days / 7.5Hours
Highest Point
Elevation Gain
Horizontal Distance
Skill Level
Fitness Level
Gear Level

On the Trail


Kuroyuri Hyutte


Kuroyuri Hyutte


Shibu Gotenyu




It is located in the northern part of the Yatsugatake Mountains. 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 Kotsu bus from Chino Station to Shibunoyu (Approx. an hour).



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