So! This was my FIRST time hiking in Japan and WOW did I underestimate hiking here. This place is beautiful and a great experience (although it may leave you sore for a couple of days). Its about an hour and a half from Shinjuku station. This hike is relatively underrated. There aren’t many people hiking in this area (and I was the only foreigner in those parts I can guarantee). This is a perfect hike if you aren’t interested in touristy areas.
To get around we followed the instructions from this blog which were spot on: http://ridgelineimages.com/hiking/mt-ougiyama/
Also, the complete hike involves two mountains, one being Ougiyama, the other being “Mt Momokurasan” .This hike is NOT for complete beginners. one should be relatively in shape to climb the mountain/s (at least if they want to do it within the six hour range).
Steeeeeeeep, I was literally climbing vertically at one point. Take extra caution because if it has just rained then the hike downwards is going to be that much more dangerous. There are some occasional ropes to help travelers, but usually there are no barriers on the paths so be careful!
This depends on the time of year you go, I went in the summer and we came across a “Caution for bears” sign. Although we didn’t get to see any bears, we did come across many mosquitos, bees, gnats and usual forest bugs, so make sure to bring bug spray!
There are going to be a total of 7 rest spots if you go through the entire hike:
- First is the entrance,
- second is the water hole,
- third is the summit of Ougiyama
- fourth is the summit of Momokurasan
- fifth is the view point
- sixth is the second watering hole
- seventh is the end of the hike (rest/ toilets).
– A slightly detailed map of the route ( do not just rely on this, use map on the link as well please).
*If you plan on going in summer: The view will be hazy and there is a small chance you will be able to see Mt Fuji in the Distance.
Now for some tips:
- Bring an inhaler if you have asthma
- Wear Durable shoes
- Bring Bug spray
- Have plenty of water handy!!
- Bring your own food (no restaurants on the mountains)
- Use a staff/stick or ski poles (they help so much)
- Don’t go alone (unless experienced) There isn’t any help system on the mountain
- Bring a camera! Its soooo pretty!!!
Although for me the hike was exhausting, it was beautiful and exciting, heres a photo dump of the trip!