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Which is the easiest to climb? Mount Kita-dake or Mount Yari-ga-take?

by Louis

Dear sir,

I'm planning a trip to Japan in September and I want to do hiking in Japanese Alps. I presently live in France and only have experience on lower mountains (~1500m), but as a 28 y.o. man, I'm in good health condition.

I have to choose between two different 4 days hike: Mount Kita and Mount Yari. As I'm not (yet?) an expert about hiking, could you confirm which of those 2 mounts is the easiest to climb?

Reading the Internet, Yari seems to be more interesting but last part of the hike seems to require a higher climbing skills...

Thank you and Best Regards,


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Jun 28, 2013
I have decided to do the Shirane-sanzan
by: Louis


I have decided to do the 4 days hike to Shirane-sanzan (Mount Kita, Mount Aino, and Mount Notori) this time. Let's keep the finger crossed for typhoon!

Thanks a lot for your advice! I'll try to do Yari-ga-take and the other nearby peaks the next time.


Jun 28, 2013
I'd rate these 2 peaks comparable in difficulty.
by: Gary Wolff

Louis, you raise a tough question. I'd rate these 2 peaks comparable in difficulty (they both involve a net elevation gain of 1700m), but if I were you, I'd probably choose Kita-dake.

It's more accessible from Tokyo, and does not require anything remotely technical, as you would encounter the last 100m up Yari-ga-take.

When you have more than 4 days, I suggest you come back & tackle Yari-ga-take, along with the other 7 nearby peaks in the Hotaka range that comprise 8 of Japan's 17 highest peaks.

Plus, the Kamikochi area & Azusagawa mountain stream (trailhead for Yari-ga-take) are arguably one of the most beautiful places in Japan, so you're definitely gonna wanna check that out sooner or later.

There is usually at least one typhoon that blasts thru Japan in Sept., so you'll wanna check the 1-week weather forecast before you head up into alpine country. Best wishes on your trip...


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