• Climbing Kita - 2nd highest mountain in Japan

    Mount Kita in Yamanashi Prefecture is the 2nd highest mountain in Japan. This mountain is very attractive to tourists, similar to Mount Fuji. This is because conquering it is quite difficult and the landscape here is extremely wild. Another point is that the number of climbers here is not too crowded, so it is suitable for nature lovers and enthusiasts to explore.
    Mount Kita - 2nd highest mountain in Japan

    Mount Kita is a mountain of the Akaishi Mountains, in Yamanashi Prefecture. The three main mountains of the Akaishi mountain range are Mount Kita, Mount Aino and Mount Nōtori. They are called "Shirane Sanzan" which means "Three White Peaks".
    The name Mount Kita literally means "northern mountain", referring to it being the northernmost of the three mountains. This is the second highest mountain in Japan, after Mount Fuji and was dubbed the "Leader of the Southern Alps".
    Mount Kita is one of the 100 famous mountains in Japan. It is located in Minami Alps National Park, near the city of Minami-Alps. The mountain is 3,193 m high and occupies the second highest mountain in Japan, just behind Mount Fuji.
    Usually those who are passionate about trekking, when traveling to Japan will take advantage to conquer this mountain.

    What does Mount Kita have?

    For explorers who are looking for a relatively difficult hiking trip like Mount Fuji, this is an option. Even an ideal choice. Mount Kita does not have too many tourists.
    The terrain, nature and animals here are also wild, much more diverse. Therefore, conquering Mount Kita is the dream of many people.
    It is known that the climbing routes are quite difficult and uphill. The time to conquer the mountain must be at least 2-4 days, depending on the starting point or the number of points you want to conquer (the nearby peaks).
    On the way there is almost nothing to block your view. Although quite hard, in return, you will admire the beautiful flowers on either side of the road or on the high mountains. On clear days, you can enjoy a beautiful panoramic view.
    Mountain peek
    Signboard at the top of the mountain
    When you reach the top of the mountain, you can take pictures while standing in the middle of the sea of ​​clouds. In the early morning, you can see the sunrise between 4:30 - 5:00 am.
    Besides conquering Mount Kita, you can conquer Mount Ai-no nearby. This is the 4th highest mountain of Japan at an altitude of 3190 m and no less massive. The distance between the two peaks is a beautiful walking path along the ridge for about 2 hours. On the way, you will pass the Kita-dake Sanso hut (a good choice for a night stay) and the Nakashirane intermediate peak (3055 m).

    We are mountain guides

    The path to Mount Kita lies at a point called Hirogawara. You can only come here by bus or taxi because private cars are not allowed in this area of ​​Minami Alps National Park. For most trekking people, the most convenient way to get here is to go to Kofu City (90 minutes by limited express train from Shinjuku Station in Tokyo). Here you take the Yamanashi Kotsu bus from Kofu station to the trail (2 hours, 1950 yen / afternoon).
    If coming from Tokyo, staying at Kofu the night before the walk might be a good idea. The reason is that bus and train schedules are not always suitable for the first day walk.
    Go home:
    If you choose to descend the mountain through the Daimonsawa Valley and travel by bus / train, there will be 2-4 buses / day running between Narada and Hirogawara parking areas.
    From Hirogawara, there will be daily bus to Kofu. However, note that travel time can be difficult. Because getting off from Notori-dake summit to the bus stop takes 5-6 hours or more and the last bus trip will be at 3:30 pm.
    Please check in advance for the latest bus schedules at Norogawa-Hirogawara Information Center, or Daimonsawa Goya hut on the way down.

    When to climb Kita?

    Climbing Kita, you can climb between June and early November (especially if you only go 2 days and stay at Kata-no-koya or Kita-dake Sanso). However, the time from mid-July to the end of October is the safest and most convenient time to trekking here. That's when most huts are open and most buses operate. Especially in July is also the best time to watch the brilliant wild flowers blooming all over the mountain.
    At other times of the year, visitors should not climb because at this time it is snowing a lot, the huts will be closed and getting here becomes more difficult. Vehicles also travel less.

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