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If you could only climb one mountain, which would it be?

by Daniel
(United States)

Hi Gary,

​​If you could only climb one mountain, which would it be?

I am trying to choose for myself and I am torn between the following:

*Mt Tsurugi

*Mt Hotaka

*Mt Yari


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Jun 17, 2016
Mt. Yari-ga-take
by: Gary Wolff

I was so impressed with Mt. Kita-dake, I've climbed it 3 times. :-) But of the 3 you chose, I'd have to go with Mt. Yari-ga-take, Japan's 5th highest mountain & nicknamed the "Matterhorn of Japan" due to its sharp, pointy peak.

Mt. Tsurugi-dake was awesome (and QUITE challenging!), but there's something magical about the spectacular beauty of Kamikochi (上高地), surrounded by 8 of Japan's 17 highest mountains. The famous pedestrian suspension bridge known as Kappa-bashi (河童橋), which spans the Azusagawa (梓川, Azusa River), is one of the most photographed tourist spots in all of Japan.

And Kamikochi is historic as it's the birthplace of Japanese alpinism, which was first popularized in Japan by British missionary & climber Rev. Walter Weston in the late 19th century.

Happy trails!

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