Best Hike Japan

Mt. Yake

Mt. Yake (Yakedake) - image
Name in Japanese: Yake-dake (焼岳)
Location: Nagano, Gifu
Elevation: 2,455 m

The sole live volcano in North Apls

Mt. Yake, located in a gateway to Kamikochi, is the only live volcano in North Apls and hiking was prohibited by 1990. Its reddish brown, rough shape seen from Kappabashi bridge is impressive. It is a popular mountain as one of the closest mountain from a famed tourist spot, Kamikochi. Hiking to Mt. Yake, however, requires physical strength and discreet as the route is steep.


Mt. Yake (Yakedake) hike - image
There are several routes to Mt. Yake. Two routes shown here are examples.

  1. From Kamikochi: 6 hours 50 minutes (10.5 km)
  2. Shin-Nakanoyu route: 5 hours 20 minutes (5.8 km)

Sample route

Route: From Shin-Hotaka Onsen
Distance: 10.5 km
Distance in elevation: 934 m
Difficulty during the best season: intermediate level
Season for hikers: late June to October

Route and estimated course time:
Kamikochi -[0:20]- Yakedake trailhead -[2:30]- Yakedake-goya -[1:10]- Mt. Yake (north peak) -[0:40]- Yakedake-goya -[1:50]- Yakedake trailhead -[0:20]- Kamikochi [6 hours 50 minutes]

This is the shortest route to the peak of Mt. Yake. The first half of the route is among a coniferous forest. Then, it becomes a scree slope. The peak of Mt. Yake is soon after passing a lava dome that rising steam. Fine view of North Alps is expected from the peak.

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. Yake

marks on the map

Hiking report

It is not available yet.


Public transportation

  1. From Kamikochi: Matsumoto station -(bus)- Shin-shimashima -(bus)- Kamikochi
  2. Shin-Nakanoyu route: Matsumoto station -(bus)- Shin-shimashima -(bus)- Nakanoyu Onsen

Area information

Hot bath after hiking

Nakanoyu Onsen (中の湯温泉)
Fee: 700 yen/adult
Bathing time: 12:00-17:00
Telephone: 0263-95-2407


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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.