Local certified mountain guide Yukio leads a 2 day hiking adventure of the Tanzawa mountains traverse and its stunning scenery !
Apr, May, Jun, Oct
The Tanazawa Traverse is a 2 day hard core hike of the Tanzawa-Sanchi (Tanzawa Mountains) via the Yabitsu Touge (Yabitsu Pass) from South to West Tanazawa.
These mountains have one of Japan’s hundred most celebrated mountains – the famous Hyakumeisan peak and the route passes through virgin beech forest before emerging to enjoy the stunning panoramic views from the top of the beautiful ridge line.
On clear days, Mt. Fuji and the Pacific Ocean can be seen and at night the amazing sight of Metropolitan Tokyo and the stars in the night sky are also visible.The route is about 15 km long with some steep ascending and descending via Mt. Tounodake (1,491 m), Mt. Tanzawa (1,567 m), Mt. Hiru-gatake（1,673 m) and Mt. Hinoki-bora (1,601m).Getting there:The hike is close to Tokyo and within 2 hours travelling time.
Required Fitness Level:You have to be able to walk 8 hours a day comfortably. Number of hours of hiking: First day – 6 hoursSecond day – 8 hoursIf you are planning to have some great hiking adventures in Japan, please contact me! I will be very happy to be your guide!
- Guiding fee
Depart from Hatano Station at 8:00. Take a bus or car to Yabitsu Touge (Yabitsu Pass) ~ Mt. Togatake (1,491m) ~ Mt. Tanzawa (1,567m)
~6 hours hiking
Overnight at Miyama Huts
Mt. Tanzawa (1,567m) ~Mt. Hirugatake (1,672m) ~ Mt. Hinokiboramaru (1,601m)
Take a bus to the station.
~8 hours hiking
Return to Shin Matsuda Station at 4PM
1 night at Miyama Huts on Mt. Tanzawa, ￥8,000 (including dinner and breakfast.)
Hatano Station (Odakyu Line) at 8:00 am
I have enjoyed climbing mountains since I was a high school boy. Since then, I've also lived and worked in the Netherlands for 10 years and in the US for 7 years, where I have enjoyed climbing in the alps and in the Yosemite, and ski mountaineering in the alps.
After my return to Japan, I rediscovered the beauty of Japan's nature and its mountains. I would be very happy to share this with you, not only through climbing, but together with good local sake and food, and some photography under the stars.
I guide through the season, and my favourite mountains are my local mountains that are in Tanzawa area as well as Hakkoda in Aomori, in the North. My passion also includes photography. I will be able to give you lots of tips on mountain photography even if only have smartphone or compact digital cameras.
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We made contact with Yukio through the Explore-Share website. We corresponded by email about our requirements, Yukio proposed a couple of alternative routes and we settled on a route that gave a day’s hiking with some fantastic views and an interesting stop over at the Owakudani volcano. Yukio was friendly, professional and proactive. A very rewarding day - the family regarded our hike with Yukio as definitely one of the highlights of our two week tour.
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