(鳳凰山) Mt. Houou Hike

 

Sharing the trailhead with the rest of the Southern Alp mountains, Mt Hoo is the mountain whose name I dread to pronounce.  

Budget: JPY8,570 (~USD82)
  • JPY2,180. Local trains, Tokyo area to Kofu Station. 
  • JPY1,950. Bus, Kofu Station to 広河原
  • JPY1,800. Bus, 青木鉱泉 to Nirasaki Station. 
  • JPY2,640. Local trains, Nirasaki Station to Tokyo area.
Hike Date / Difficulty (Elevation: 2,841m / 9,321ft)
  • 2021
  • Difficulty: 5 out of 5. 
  • Route below is around 16.8kilometers, with an elevation change of ▲2,091m/ ▽2,527m
  • PDF Map Link 


When to Go
Buses are generally running from late June to early November. Private vehicles are not allowed in some trailheads, but some people did recommend simply walking down the road for winter hikes. 

Special Notes
  • Summit is also called 観音岳
  • Trailheads.
    • 夜叉神峠登山口. Ascent will take 07h40m, 10.3kms, ▲1,770m/ ▽301m going up.
      • Train, Tokyo to Kofu Station (甲府駅)
      • Bus, Kofu Station (甲府駅) to 広河原. Buses are not running for 2020, but here's the schedule for 2019. JPY1,420 one way. Cars are not allowed to the trailhead, so if you're driving, you'll need to drive and park, then take the bus.
    • 広河原. Ascent will take 06h35m, 6.1kms, ▲1,611m/ ▽290m going up.
      • Same access as 夜叉神峠登山口 above. Bus is JPY1,950 one way. 
    • 青木鉱泉. Ascent will take 06h05m, 7.3kms, ▲1,836m/ ▽79m going up.
      • Train, Tokyo to Nirasaki Station (韮崎駅)
      • Bus, Nirasaki Station (韮崎駅) to 青木鉱泉. Buses are not running for 2020, but here's the schedule for 2019. JPY1,800, one hour, one way. 
    • 御座石温泉. Ascent will take 08h10m, 7.0kms, ▲2,047m/ ▽261m going up.
      • Same access as 青木鉱泉 above. 
  • Mountain huts. 
Itinerary
Friday

  • Train, Tokyo to Kofu Station. Stay in Kofu Station area. Some people sleep in front of the station. In our case, we camped in the castle nearby (google maps pin). Someone did see us set up camp, but he just let us be. Simple rule - leave no trace. 
Saturday
  • 04:35am. Bus, Kofu Station to 広河原
  • 06:28am. ETA: 広河原
  • 06:30am. Start hike
  • 01:05pm. ETA: 観音岳, Summit!
  • 02:54pm. ETA: 南御室小屋. Camp. 
Sunday
  • 05:00am. Start hike. 
  • 10:20am. ETA: 青木鉱泉. Go to an onsen.
  • 12:15pm. Bus, 青木鉱泉 to Nirasaki Station.
  • 01:10pm. ETA: Nirasaki Station. 
  • 01:34pm. Train, Nirasaki Station to Tokyo area. 

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