Hiking and Trekking in the Japan Alps and Mount Fuji

Northern, Central and Southern Alps

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English-language guidebook to the Japan Alps, featuring 27 walks and treks in the North, Central and South Alps, and the Mt Fuji area. Routes range from short, easy walks to long, tough treks and thrilling scrambles. Covers popular areas of Hakuba, Tateyama, Kamikochi, Kawaguchiko. With full information on travel, camping, mountain huts and more.

Seasons

Seasons

Mostly summer and autumn routes (from July until late October), with a handful of spring and year-round walks.
Centres

Centres

Hakuba, Murodō and Kamikōchi (North Alps), Komagane (Central Alps), Hirogawara and Sawarajima (South Alps), Kawaguchiko and Mt Fuji area
Difficulty

Difficulty

Routes range from short and easy walks to long, tough treks and committing, steep scrambles. No specialist equipment is required, although crampons are recommended for snow fields.
Must See

Must See

Yari-ga-take, Shirouma, Hotaka, Tateyama, Norikura, Kita-dake and the iconic Mt. Fuji; the alpine hubs of Kamikōchi and Murodō
ISBN
9781852849474
Availability
Not Yet Published
Available
15 Mar 2019
Edition
First
Pages
400
Size
17.2 x 11.6 x 2.1cm
  • Overview

    Guidebook to the magnificent Japan Alps, which stretch across the middle of the main island of Honshu, and iconic Mount Fuji. The guide describes nine day-walks and thirteen treks of 2–8 days covering the North, Central and South Alps, as well as the four main routes up Mount Fuji – Japan's highest mountain at 3776m – and a further route on neighbouring Mount Kurodake.

    The routes visit many of the region's key summits, including several over 3000m. They are graded according to difficulty, although several entail steep ascents and difficult terrain and a few include scrambling and exposure, calling for a sure foot and a good head for heights. Comprehensive step-by-step route descriptions are accompanied by clear mapping. The Japan Alps and Mount Fuji boast a well-developed walking infrastructure, and the routes make use of the many mountain huts and campgrounds, full details of which are given in the guide. Some also include the opportunity to visit a traditional hot-spring bath for a refreshing soak after your hike.

    You will find all the information you will need to plan a successful walking or trekking holiday, with a wealth of advice on travel, bases, accommodation and facilities. There are additional notes on plants and wildlife, the history of hiking in Japan and safety in the mountains, as well as full mountain-hut listings and a helpful glossary. Inspirational colour photography completes the package, offering a taste of the breathtaking mountain vistas to whet your appetite.

  • Contents

    Contents
    Introduction
    Preparations and practicalities
    When to go
    Getting to Japan
    Getting around Japan
    Rail passes
    Accommodation
    Mountain huts and camping
    Food and drink
    Hot springs
    Money
    Communications
    Language
    Tourist information offices
    What to take
    Luggage forwarding
    Maps and GPS
    Waymarking
    The typical hiking day
    Mountain etiquette
    Health and safety
    Emergencies
    Using this guide
    All about the Japan Alps and Mt Fuji
    Location and climate
    Geology and landscape
    Plants and wildlife
    History of hiking in Japan
    The North (Kita) Alps
    Hakuba Area
    Walk 1 Mt Shirouma-dake
    Trek 1 Mt Shirouma-dake and Hakuba-Yari Onsen
    Tateyama Area
    Walk 2 Mt Tateyama
    Walk 3 Mt Oku-dainichi-dake
    Trek 2 Mt Tsurugi-dake
    Trek 3 North Alps traverse
    Hotaka Area
    Walk 4 Mt Yake-dake
    Walk 5 Mt Nishiho-Doppyō
    Trek 4 Mt Oku-Hotaka-dake and Karasawa Cirque
    Trek 5 Mt Yari-ga-take
    Trek 6 Mt Chō-ga-take and Mt Jōnen-dake
    Trek 7 Mt Kasa-ga-take
    Norikura Area
    Walk 6 Mt Norikura-dake
    The Central (Chūō) Alps
    Walk 7 Mt Kiso-koma-ga-take
    Trek 8 Central Alps traverse
    The South (Minami) Alps
    North Area
    Walk 8 Mt Kai-koma-ga-take
    Walk 9 Mt Senjō-ga-take
    Trek 9 Mt Kita-dake
    Trek 10 Mt Hō-ō
    South Area
    Trek 11 Mt Arakawa-Higashidake (Mt Warusawa-dake) and Mt Akaishi-dake
    Trek 12 Mt Kamikōchi-dake and Mt Hijiri-dake
    Trek 13 South Alps traverse
    Mt Fuji
    Walk 10 Mt Fuji – Yoshida route
    Walk 11 Mt Fuji – Subashiri route
    Walk 12 Mt Fuji – Gotemba route
    Walk 13 Mt Fuji – Fujinomiya route
    Walk 14 Mt Kuro-dake

    Appendix A Route summary table – walks
    Appendix B Route summary table – treks
    Appendix C Mountain huts
    Appendix D Glossary
    Appendix E Useful contacts and further resources
    Appendix F Further reading

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