Best Hike Japan

Mt. Kobushi

Name in Japanese: Kobushi-dake (甲武信ヶ岳)
Location: Nagano, Yamanashi, Saitama
Elevation: 2,475 m

A towering mountain in the recesses of beautiful vallery and dense forest

Mt. Kobushi has eadstreams of Japanese large rivers, such as the Shinano and the Arakawa. In other words, a hiking route to Mt. Kobushi is the path through beautiful woods and deep valleys. Nishizawa Keikoku (Nishizawa Valley) us a famed tourist spot and Higashizawa Keikoku (Higashizawa Valley) is popular for shower climbing.


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

  1. From Mokidaira: 9 hours (15.5 km)
  2. From Nishizawa-keikoku: 8 hours 45 minutes (14.6 km)

Sample route

Route: From Mokidaira
Distance (round trip): 15.5 km
Distance in elevation: 1,025 m
Difficulty during the best season: intermediate level
Season for hikers: early April to November

Route and estimated course time:
Mokidaira -[0:40]- Oyamashi Shrine -[1:00]- Nametaki fall -[1:50]- Mt. Kobushi -[1:00]- Mt. Sanpo -[1:30]- Mt. Bushiraiwa -[1:10]- Jumonji-goya -[1:50]- Mokidaira [9 hours]

For hikers using public transportation, Mokidaira trailhead is 4-km far from Azusayama bus stop (about 90 minutes walk). There is a parking space at Mokidaira.
The route passing Oyamashi shrine and Nametaki (headstream of Chikuma Liver promenade) is a gentle slope and relatively easy to hike.
There is a path to traverse from Kobushi mountain hut to Mt. Sanpo. The route through Mt. Sanpo is tough due to lots of ups and downs. There are chain places between Mt. Sanpo and Jumonji mountain hut. Area directly under the mountain top of Mt. Oyama is the one with approximately vertical wall and a caution is required.

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. Kobushi
marks on the map

Hiking report

It is not available yet.


Public transportation

  1. From Mokidaira: Shinano-Kawakami station – Azusayama (Kawakami Village bus)
  2. From Nishizawa-keikoku: Yamanashi-shi station – Nishizawa-keikoku (Yamanashi City bus)

Flight information/Timetable:
Tokyo Station to Sakudaira Station: Ekikara
Sakudaira Station to Shinano-Kawakami Station:
Shinano-Kawakami Station to Azusayama: Kawakami Village


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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.