I'm headed to Tateyama and Tsurugi-dake July 23-24
Thanks for putting this website together and for including some great hiking info and links. I have been hiking in Japan for years and have always had a hard time finding info.
I'm headed to Tateyama and Tsurugi-dake July 23-24, and any advice would be appreciated. I've done several hikes in the Northern and Central Japan Alps and I'm fairly prepared, just don't want to overlook anything.
Thanks, Ryan, for your kind words.
It seems still a bit early in the season, so you may encounter some lingering snow fields up there, but if you're extra cautious, you shouldn't have much trouble. Just be careful in the "crab" sections near the very top.
I always like to keep an eye on any approaching typhoons (http://www.usno.navy.mil/JTWC), but it looks like the coast is clear right now, with no current tropical cyclone warnings for the Northwest Pacific.
You might also want to consider the Alpico hwy. bus.(*) I left Shinjuku Sta. around 10:30 pm and arrived at Murodo about 7:15 am. It cost Y13,000, but that was about 4 yrs. ago.
Best wishes. I envy you...