Are there English maps for Mt. Kita-dake at Hirogawara or online?
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Are there English maps for Mt. Kita-dake at Hirogawara or online?

by Yuki

From what I see online, all the signs on the trail are in Japanese. Are there English maps at Hirogawara or online?

Also, is it easy to get lost on the trail?

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Aug 10, 2023
Don't think so...
by: Gary Wolff

No, not that I’m aware of. At least there weren’t any English maps the last time I was in Hirogawara (広河原).

Nor are there any maps or signs in Chinese, Korean, Russian, Spanish, German, or French either. WHY? Because this is JAPAN. :-)

I think you’ll find an occasional sign with the Japanese name in romaji (romanized characters, like "Kita-dake"), but most of them are in kanji (Chinese characters) like this one:

Most responsible climbers are prepared with a Japanese trail map so they can compare the Japanese kanji on the trail signs with the Japanese kanji on their trail maps.

Here is the trail map for Mt. Kita-dake, available online and in major bookstores:

You can also use popular trekking apps like Yamap, available both in the App Store & Google Play.

So yes, I would think it’s quite easy to get lost without proper preparation.

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