Best Hike Japan

Mt. Kinpu

Mt. Kinpu
Name in Japanese: Kinpu-san (金峰山)
Location: Yamanashi, Nagano
Elevation: 2,599 m

A mountain with a great view in Oku-Chichibu mountain area

Mt. Kinpu is a magnificent mounyain and is worthy to be called the lead mountain of Oku-Chichibu. There is a simble rock called ‘Gojoiwa’ on the mountaintop that is in sight from the sorrounding mountains. The view from the peak so nice that Mt. Fiji and mountains in South Alps and Yatsugatake can be seen. Mt. Kinpu used to be a place of mountain worship, which shows no sign of it.


There are several routes to Mt. Kinpu. Two routes shown here.

  1. From Mizugaki-sanso: 7 hours (11.2 km)
  2. From Odarumi-toge: 5 hours 20 minutes (8.2 km)

Sample route

Route: From Odarumi-toge
Distance (round trip): 8.2 km
Distance in elevation: 236 m
Difficulty during the best season: intermediate level
Season for hikers: early May to early November

Route and estimated course time:
Odarumi pass -[0:20]- Asahi pass -[0:50]- Mt. Asahi -[1:40]- Mt. Kinpu -[1:30]- Mt. Asahi -[1:00]- Odarumi pass [5 hours 20 minutes]

No bus is available to Odarumi-toge (Odarumi pass) which is the highest pass accessible by car. It is an easy and short route to Mt. Kinpu because elevation difference from the trailhead is only 239 meters. Beginners, however, may feel tired due to up and down to pass Mt. Asahi. For hikers using bus, route from Mizugaki mountain hut is popular. Mizugaki mountain hut is also known as the trailhead to Mt. Mizugaki.

Stay on established trails and watch your footing, especially at overlooks and near drop-offs. Never throw or roll rocks because there may be hikers below.

Route map

sample hiking route of Mt. Kinpu
marks on the map

Hiking report

Mt. Kinpu hike with my daughter
Coming soon!


Public transportation

  1. From Mizugaki-sanso: Nirasaki station – Mizugaki-sanso (Yamanashi Kyohoku Kotu)
  2. From Odarumi-toge: Enzan station – Odarumi (taxi)

Area information

Hot bath after hiking

Kochi-so (宏池荘)
Fee: 400 yen/adult
Bathing time: 6:00-20:00
Telephone: 0553-33-2033


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  • Hello!

    I noticed the beauty of Japanese nature when I went to an English language school in the US. While staying the US, I enjoyed hiking at National Parks. I wanted visitors from different countries to have a good time here in Japan as I did in the US.