Nasu-dake Day Hike (06Aug2017)
The weather forecast for the day was cloudy, with rain at times. At first, we planned a hike somewhere in Yamanashi prefecture to expect Mt. Fuji view, but because of the weather forecast, we changed plans for the hike. We planned a Nasu-dake hike instead because, in case of rain when we arrived there, alternative activities for kids were relatively easily to find in Nasu area.
The weather was good?
As we approached Nasu area, it started raining. It rained hard, I felt, so I was thinking about the second plan while driving. Surprisingly, it was getting sunny when we arrived at the parking lot near the trailhead. The mountaintop area was above the clouds. We saw a sea of clouds.
The path to the Minenochaya shelter was a gentle ascent but my daughter walked with slow pace. I wanted to walk faster because it was a late start for Nasu hiking. It is said that the weather in the mountain changes easily. I wanted to see the view from Mt. Sanbonyari. (We could not see the view clearly in 2015.)
We turned around and saw a sea of clouds. It’s as if we were in another world, do you think? We also saw clouds were gathering.
We took a short break at the Minenochaya shelter. From here, there are ups and downs, rocks and chains on the way to Mt. Asahi. Is it tough? I do not think so. It is like an outdoor obstacle course that kids can be enjoyable. Our daughter did enjoy the route to Mt. Asahi.
There are picnic tables at Asahi-no-kata (meaning “shoulder of Mt. Asahi”) and many hikers took break here. Mt. Asahi is only 10 minutes walk from here.
The trail to Mt. Sanbonyari is on a mountain ridge for a while. The wind is high, usually. Then, it is become a wooden path on the plateau. Our daughter walked faster because the majority of the route from Asahi-no-kata is rather flat.
When we back to Kita Onsen branch, a hiker told me that he and his companions saw bear 5 minutes ago. They made a noise then the bear went away. “So, you should be careful!”, he said. We walked on a mountain. It is no wonder if we run into a bear in the mountain. It is a habitat of bear.
We could hardly see anything because of the fog. Although the view from the peaks was disappointing, I thought we were lucky to hike such a day. At least, it was sunny for the first half of the hike.
Route & Time
Hike date: August 6, 2017
Members: Family (farther, mother and 9-year-old daughter)
7:33 trailhead – 8:11 Minegachaya shelter 8:17 – 9:01 Mt. Asahi – 9:49 Kita Onsen junction – 10:17 Mt. Sanbon-yari 10:28 – 11:53 Minegachaya shelter – 12:24 trailhead [4 hours and 51 minutes]
Access using public transportation
Hot bath after hiking
2 minutes walk from
Nasu-Yumoto Onsen bus stop