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Mt. Ryokami

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Name in Japanese: Ryokami-san (両神山)
Location: Saitama
Elevation: 1,723 m
1/25000 map: Ryokami-san (両神山), Nagamata (長又)
Season for hikers: late April to early November

A moluntain of worship with distinctive jagged ridgeline

Mt. Ryokami has jagged and strangely shaped rocks on the ridgeline. It has been known as a mountain of worship and venerating gods in the Japanese mythology. Sight from the peak is marvellous with the mountains in North Alps spreads in the distance. Hiking Mt. Ryokami requires a skill to walk places with chains and rocks although its altitude is less than 2000 meters.

Sample hiking route

Distance (round trip): 9.5 km
Distance in elevation: 1,063 m
Difficulty during the best season: intermediate level
Trailhead: Hinataoya
Route and estimated course time:
Hinataoya -[0:30]- Kaisho -[1:30]- Kiyotaki-goya -[1:00]- Ryokami Shrine -[0:45]- Mt. Kengamine (Mt. Ryokami) -[0:35]- Ryokami Shrine -[0:40]- Kiyotaki-goya -[1:00]- Kaisho -[0:20]- Hinataoya [6 hours 20 minutes]

It is a gentle slope to Kiyotaki-goya, then it becomes steeper and there are a few chain places. Fine view is not expected until close to the peak. There are two routes from Kaisho and this sample route selects the route passing Kiyotaki-goya. It is along a stream and hikers may feel gloomy due to poor sunshine until Kiyotaki-goya. The route is narrow occasionally, so a caution is required to pass it when it is covered with fallen leaves and wet.

Sample hiking route map

sample hiking route of Mt. Ryokami
marks on the map

Hiking report
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Public transportation
Shinjuku Station -[Seibu Line]- Seibu-Chichibu Station -[community bus]- Yakushinoyu bus stop -[community bus]- Hinataoya-guchi

Flight information/Timetable:
Shinjku Station to Seibu-Chichibu Station:
Seibu-Chichibu Station to Yakushinoyu: Oganomachi community bus
Yakushinoyu to Hinataoya-guchi: Oganomachi community bus

Hot bath after hiking

Ryokami-onsen Yakushinoyu (両神温泉 薬師の湯)
Fee: 600 yen/adult
Bathing time: 10:00-20:00
Telephone: 0494-79-1100


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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.