Best Hike Japan

Mt. Kita

Name in Japanese: Kita-dake (北岳)
Location: Yamanashi, Shizuoka
Elevation: 3,192 m

2nd highest mountain in Japan is also well-known for rock climbing

Mt. Kita is the 2nd highest mountain in Japan and also called as Shiramine-sanzan together with Mt. Ainodake and Mt. Notori. A large rock face on East foot, called buttress, is the place that climbers admire. Mt. Kita stands on a major traverse route in southern Alps where abundant alpine flowers and a great view are expected.


This sample route shown below is a traverse route from Mt. Kita to Mt. Aino. A hike for 3 days 2 nights is recommended due to a long route (staying at a mountain hut or camping is necessary). Mt. Kita and Mt. Aino are introduced in a book of the one hundred top mountains of Japan.

  1. From Hirogawara: 18 hours 20 minutes (24.5 km)

Sample route

Route: From Hirogawara
Distance: 24.5 km
Distance in elevation: 1,682 m
Difficulty during the best season: advanced level
Season for hikers: July to late October

Route and estimated course time:
[Day 1] Hirogawara -[2:30]- Okanbasawa-futamata -[2:30]- Kotaro-one ridge -[0:30]- Kita-dsake Kata-no-koya [5 hours and 30 minutes for Day 1]

[Day 2] Kita-dsake Kata-no-koya -[0:50]- Mt. Kita -[1:00]- Kita-dake-sanso -[1:40]- Mt. Aino -[1:00]- Noroti-goya [4 hours and 30 minutes for Day 2]

[Day 3] Please see Mt. Aino

There is no remarkable dangerous point on the route. There is a place with bad footing between Daimonsawa and Daimonsawa-goya. Caution is nesesary to step across a stream, especially when the river water increases.

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. KIta and Mt. Aino

marks on the map

Hiking report

It is not available yet.


Public transportation

  1. From Hirogawara: Kofu station -(bus)- Hirogawara

Area information

Hot bath after hiking

Momonoki Onsen ( 桃の木温泉)
Fee: 1,000 yen/adult
Bathing time: 11:00-18:00
Telephone: 055-288-2306


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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.