Mount Yari Trail from Kamikochi

HARD 8 reviews

Mount Yari Trail from Kamikochi is a 38.5 kilometer moderately trafficked out and back trail located near Matsumoto Shi, Nagano, Japan that features a river and is rated as difficult. The trail is primarily used for hiking, walking, nature trips, and bird watching and is best used from May until October.

Distance: 38.5 km Elevation Gain: 2,321 m Route Type: Out & Back

hiking

nature trips

walking

bird watching

forest

river

views

wild flowers

no dogs

hiking
2 months ago

The last 3k is crazy hard. Did this on Nov 10 and ran out of daylight. Ended up camping in the lodge just below Yarigatake and completed the climb in the morning. Didn’t summit as it was windy as hell and good thing too as it started snowing shortly after. Crampons would be good since the last bit is snow bound.

hiking
scramble
snow
4 months ago

(June 30th - July 3rd, 2019) The hike started out easy enough (minus a small landslide from the day before which narrowed part of our path) and then built in intensity after passing Yarisawa Lodge. From hereon, there is a lot of scrambling, rocks, and some small streams to cross. Due to the weather, ice sheets were still prevalent and walking poles and crampons were absolutely necessary. I recommend avoiding the ice if you can, as I had a couple of close calls. The last 6km or so before the summit is nearly all rocks and a gain of elevation of more than 1500m, so be ready for that. Knowing Japanese certainly helped, as 95% of all signage did not have English. Os mark safe paths, and Xs mark ones to avoid. Most stations have areas to refill your water and light snacks available for sale. Wildlife in the area includes monkeys and bears, so keep alert. Ideal climbing time for Mt. Yarigatake is probably around August after the ice has mostly melted. If you’re just in it for the hike and don’t want to climb, you can stick around the 10km or so around Kamikochi trail and avoid any major gains of elevation. Absolutely beautiful, unmatched scenery.

hiking
rocky
scramble
5 months ago

6 months ago

So fun!! I brought my kids(8,10,12) and they were totally fine.

hiking
scramble
snow
7 months ago

After parking at Hirayu Parking area we bought bus tickets (2000JPY per person round trip). After arriving at Kamikochi bus station we found out that there’s no ATM there and the huts do not accept credit cards... Our advise is to take plenty of cash with you, especially if you want to stay and eat at the lodge since they’re quite expensive. We headed put on this trail in early June, when there was still a fair amount of snow from 2000m upwards. The first bit is pretty straightforward, not much of a challenge, and in the first few hours you’ll be accompanied by plenty of school kids and elderly people on a day trip. We also saw a lot (really a lot) of monkeys, from very close by. We camped at Yarisawa campsite (1000JPY per person per night). The campsite is about 40mins further down the road after you reach the lodge. There was no potable water at the campsite, so we were advised to fill up our camel bags at the lodge. We wanted to have dinner at the lodge, but this was only possible for lodge guests, not for campsite guests... The toilets at the campsite were clean though, and we were the only ones there which was nice. the second day we headed up to mount Yari. After the campsite the entire trail was covered in ice and snow, crampons definitely necessary. The climb was pretty steep, especially the last bit to the Yarigatake Lodge. Because the snow was thawing, but still about 120cm high, it took a lot of effort and time. After reaching the lodge, we rented helmets (500JPY per person) and climbed to the top. This bit is not difficult perse, but there’s a lot of ridges and some scary views. People who have troubles with heights might have problems here. You have to use ladders and chains to reach the top, but there is no use for a climbing harness (nothing to attach yourself to). The view was awesome and definitely worth it. We camped at the Yarigatake campsite (1000JPY per person per night) and had dinner at the lodge (2000JPY per person). Again we were alone at the campsite, which is oriented on the west so if you’re lucky you can have a great view of the sunset and mt Hotadake. The third day we went back the same way we came. All in all, would definitely recommend; the combination of the monkeys, the snowy parts and the challenging bit at the end, and the fact that we had both campsites to ourselves made this a great hike!

hiking
Mon Oct 02 2017

Great trail with amazing views and challenges. Absolutely loved it!

hiking
Sun Sep 10 2017

At the center of the North Japan Alpes. The view is very good. The last part is rock climbing and fun.

hiking
Sat Oct 08 2016

Beautiful hike that starts off casual with several miles along Azusa River without much elevation gain. After the first half it gets steeper, and the last 1 or 2 miles up to Mt.Yari itself are VERY steep with many switchbacks. The trail is well maintained with lots of signage in Japanese and English. Getting up all the way to the peak requires scrambling, but there are ropes, chains and ladders that help. You don't have to be an experienced climber to do this, but you have to be sure-footed. Depending on your fitness you will need at least 2 days to finish this hike; i highly recommend staying in or camping at Yarigatake Sanso, a mountain cabin at the foot of Mt. Yari. The early morning views are spectacular, you might even see Mt. Fuji on the horizon. There are 2 other cabins with campgrounds along the way, so it's possible to turn this into a multi-day hike, maybe combining it with one of the other peaks in the area.