Mount Mizugaki

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Mount Mizugaki is one of the most distinctive mountains in Yamanashi Prefecture. Standing 2,230 meters tall at the western edge of Chichibu-Tama-Kai National Park, the granite mountain has an unusual jagged peak, making it particularly inviting for rock climbing and bouldering. The mountain also has a long history as a hiking destination, with the main road to the peak believed to have started as a pilgrimage trail more than 1,000 years ago.

There are several lodges and campsites around the mountain, some of which are open year-round, meaning hikers can turn their trip into a multi-day excursion and rock climbers can stay close to the rock face. Despite its rocky peak, the mountain is covered with large, old trees, even close to the top. In summer, the mountain is covered in lush greenery and rhododendrons bloom in June. In autumn, the leaves of the forest turn fiery red and orange, adding color to the trails. In winter, the mountain sees large amounts of snow. The 360-degree view from the summit is worth the climb. On a clear day, you can see the surrounding mountains, including Mount Fuji and the Southern Alps.

At the foot of Mt. Mizugaki is Lake Mizugakiko, created by the Shiokawa Dam, and the Masutomi no Yu hot spring area. A circuit walking trail that is about 23 kilometers long takes visitors to the top of the mountain as well as to the bathhouse and the lake.

The main climbing route starts from the Mizugaki Sanso hut. After a gentle slope, the incline gradually increases, and you can enjoy a full-scale mountain climbing experience. It takes about three hours to reach the top, but the climb is satisfying for hikers of all skill levels. Whether you come for the climb or simply for the scenery, a visit to Mount Mizugaki is a transformative experience.


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