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Is it possible to return to Tokyo directly from Mt. Aino or would I need to backtrack to Kita-dake?

by Victor
(Japan)

I originally wanted to attempt the Shirane-sanzan before before my visa expires on the 14th of July, but it seems that the bus to/from Shiomi-dake only runs from the 13th of July, and I do not want to cut things so close.

I am now deciding between climbing just Kita-dake or both Kita-dake and Aino-dake. Is it possible to return to Tokyo directly from Mt Aino or would I need to backtrack to Kita-dake?

Does the view differ much between the two mountains?

Thanks.

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Jul 05, 2013
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Is the route you suggested possible in early-mid September too?
by: Victor

Hi Gary,

Thanks for the reply. The weather forecast for next week is not very promising so I am debating whether it is worth to do the loop.

Am I understanding correctly that the route you suggested might be possible in early-mid September too (for both transport and mountain huts)? I will be back in Japan by the mid-September which is regretfully too late for Shiomi-dake. Also, how is the weather during this period? September is off-season for Mt Fuji, yet I note that you climbed Kita-dake in October, Ai-ono-dake and Shiomi Dake in September.

Cheers,

Victor

Jun 28, 2013
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You could go out @ Narada onsen (trailhead up to Notori-dake) and catch the bus back to Hirogawara.
by: Gary Wolff

Victor, if you have the time & energy, and you are able to do the Shiranesanzan, you could go out @ Narada onsen (trailhead up to Notori-dake) (http://www.garyjwolff.com/mt-notori-dake-and-the-shiranesanzan.html#route), and catch the bus back to Hirogawara.

Beginning just this week, those Narada to Hirogawara buses are already running, but only twice a day on weekdays: http://yamanashikotsu.co.jp/noriai/2013hirogawara.htm#b

Otherwise, I know of no other escape route from Ai-no-dake, without going back to Hirogawara. And I believe the view from Kita-dake, which I've now climbed 3 times, is a tad superior to Ai-no-dake.

Have a grrreat trip....

Cheers,
Gary

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