Budget: JPY15,820++ (~USD150++)
- JPY6,820. Train, Tokyo Station to Shizuoka Station. JPY3,410 one way.
- JPY7,000. Bus, Shizuoka Station, go to Hatanagi Dam. JPY3,500 one way.
- JPY2,000. Bus, Hatanagi Dam to Sawarajima Lodge, temporarily marked at JPY1,000 one way.
Hike Date / Difficulty (Elevation: 3,120m / 10,236ft)
- Difficulty: 5 out of 5, probably.
- Route below is around 22.1kilometers, with an elevation change of ▲3,250m/ ▽3,502m
- Map Link
When to Go
Checking the logs, I can only see logs from May to November, so I would say that's the safe window. But public access restrictions make it only feasible from July to August. For 2019, buses run from July 15 to August 25.
- Mountain huts. So many paid ones, which I think are closed during winter and are turned into "emergency huts" (tldr: free huts).
- Paid. Quite a lot (here's an online list), but definitely a lower quality than the more famous mountains.
- Senmai-goya (千枚小屋)
- Arakawa-nakadake (荒川中岳避難小屋). JPY5,000 a night during hiking season (mid Jul to Sept). Otherwise it's a free hut.
- Arakawa-goya (荒川小屋)
- Akaishidake-hinan-goya (赤石岳避難小屋)
- Akaishi-goya (赤石小屋)
- Free. None that I can see during hiking season. I sampled the emergency hut at the top of Mt. Akaishi, and it is paid (JPY5,500, no meals). There is one (兎岳避難小屋) in between Mt. Akaishi and Mt. Hijiri, but that'll depend on your itinerary.
- Camping. Next to the paid huts are camping spots all over. You can see them on the red marks on the map in the map above.
- Trailhead: Sawarajima Lodge (椹島ロッジ).
- Train, Tokyo Station to Shizuoka Station.
- Bullet train. JPY6,670, 80 minutes
- Local trains, JPY3,410. 188 minutes.
- Bus, Shizuoka Station to Hatanagi Dam (畑薙ダム). JPY3,100 one way, 2.5 hours, bus stop ⑧a.Here's the google maps pin. Schedule for 2019, where it ran from July 13 to August 25. Just one bus a day.
- 10:00am, Shizuoka Station -> 01:25pm Hatanagi Dam.
- 02:25pm, Hatanagi Dam -> 05:50pm, Shizuoka Station.
- Bus, Hatanagi Dam (畑薙ダム) to Sawarajima Lodge (椹島ロッジ). 1 hr 35 mins ride. Link here, no price information, but will temporarily flag it as JPY1,000. The bus is not running for 2020. This is about 18kms+ distance (don't know the elevation gain).
- Alternative Trailhead: Nanpusu (二軒小屋), but you'll basically face the same problem as above since it has to pass through Hatanagi Dam. Unfortunately, I cannot find an updated schedule (as of Sept 2020), which makes sense coz buses are not running for 2020. But here's some old bus schedule, which I assume will be around that time if ever.
- Other mountains (Note on Mt. Akaishi). Going up Mt. Akaishi involves a minimum of 2,400m gain, can (and should( be done with the other hyakumeizans:
- Mt. Warusawa which is a mere 3.5 hours away/5.4km, 691 elev gain.
- Mt. Hijiri which is 7.5hours away/9.4km 1,343m elev gain.
- Here's the overall picture if a Mt. Warusawa-Mt. Akaishi-Mt. Hijiri loop is done.
- 10:00am. Bus, Shizuoka Station to Hatanagi Dam.
- 01:25pm. ETA: Hatanagi dam.
- 02:00pm. Bus, Hatanagi Dam to Sawarajima Lodge.
- 03:30pm. ETA: Nanpusu Lodge.
- Camp and rest.
- 04:00am. Start hike.
- 01:20pm. ETA: Summit, Higashi-dake (東岳), the highest point for Warusawa Mountain.
- 03:20pm. ETA: Warusawa-koya, camp for the night.
- 04:00am. Start hike.
- 06:25am. ETA: Mt. Akaishi Summit.
- 12:35pm. ETA: Sawarajima Lodge.
- 12:45pm. Bus, Sawarajima Lodge to Hatanagi Dam.
- 02:00pm. ETA: Hatanagi Dam.
- 02:25pm. Bus, Hatanagi Dam to Shizuoka Station.
- 05:50pm. ETA: Shizuoka Station.