Will the bus still be running from Kofu on Oct. 23-25?
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Will the bus still be running from Kofu on Oct. 23-25?

by Brandon
(Yokosuka)

So I am planning on trying to climb Kitadake and Ainodake Oct. 23-25. Will the bus still be running from Kofu at these dates or is the bus already done?

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Oct 11, 2015
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by: Gary Wolff

Brandon, that's an impossible question to answer as it all depends on your physical condition, climbing experience, and the weather conditions you encounter at the time.

The first time I climbed Kita-dake (not including Ai-no-dake), I left Tokyo late on a Friday night & was back by Sunday night.

The third time I climbed Kita-dake, it was in conjunction with Ai-no-dake & Notori-dake, the three of which together are known as the Shiranesanzan (https://www.garyjwolff.com/mt-notori-dake-and-the-shiranesanzan.html), when I left Tokyo late on a Thursday night and was back again in Tokyo by Sunday night.

So to answer your question, yes it's possible, but whether it's "feasible" in your case I believe depends on a number of factors, some of which may be beyond your control.

Best wishes...

Oct 11, 2015
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Thank you
by: Anonymous

And do you think it would be feasible to be leaving Tokyo Friday morning and climb Kitadake and Ainodake and still be back in Tokyo Sunday night?

Oct 11, 2015
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Yes, still running
by: Gary Wolff

You're in luck, Brandon.

As referenced in the "Access" section of my Mt. Kita-dake page, buses from Kofu Station to Hirogawara run till Mon. Nov. 9, 2015: http://yamanashikotsu.co.jp/noriai/2015hirogawara.htm

Please note that the timetable for Fri. 10/23 (blue table) is different from the one for Sat./Sun. 10/24-10/25 (pink table).

Happy trails...

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