Mt. Tsurugi
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Wanderer82176
Kadoma, Japan5 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Aug 2020
My teenaged daughter and I had a great time hiking Tsurugi-san. Not being serious hikers, taking the scenic chairlift halfway up/down past some steep terrain was absolutely fantastic! The 40-minute or so hike to the summit from there had some steep spots but was scenic and enjoyable (even in a drizzling rain). From the summit, there are several 1-2 hour (one-way) hikes to adjacent peaks that can be added on or used to link together a several-day hike of the peaks. We spent an awesome night at the summit in the Chojo Hutte. Don't let the word "hut" discourage you -- it's larger than you'd expect, very clean, and has comfortable tatami rooms, hot water for bathing, and delicious traditional Japanese meals. The Nii family is also amazingly friendly and speak more-than-adequate English for what you're likely to need. You won't be disappointed by the sunset, stars or sunrise, even if you get a lot of clouds. Yes, there are several buildings/installations at the top, but you still get gorgeous 360-degree views to nearby peaks and more distant ranges, and the various boardwalks protect the summit and make it easy to walk and find your way when the clouds roll in or in the dark. Reaching Tsurugi requires a slow but scenic drive along winding, one-lane roads from whichever direction you approach it, but it's definitely worth the effort. Highly recommended!
Written 5 September 2020
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N S
Ottawa, Canada466 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Sept 2019
A decent hike, with option of a chair lift to get you part way up. Great views. An epic drive to get there -- up twisting narrow roads with big drop offs.
Written 26 September 2019
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Louis1231
Sayan, Indonesia52 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Jun 2019 • Friends
A must come if you visit Shikoku.
various track to reach the top. we choose the shortest 40 min hike to the top.
there are a temple and a few pinnacles.
my time wasn't the best as the view was blocked by the cloud. but still worth the climb.
Written 12 June 2019
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Letthemeatdust
Perth, Australia41 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Apr 2016 • Couples
Approx 1.45-2.15 hours classic Iya Valley winding drive from Miyoshi (Oboke station) through the town of Nagoro (scarecrow village) you will find the second tallest mountain in Shikoku, Mt Tsurugi. At 1954.7 meters heigh, the brochures displaying green valleys and stunning views were too tempting for us to resist.

We visited this mountain outside of peak season, meaning there was no option for cable car. This suited us both however as we generally prefer to walk. The cable car is easy to see and locate once reaching the town and large carpark.

If you are walking the trip, from the parking lot looking up at the cable, turn left and look for a group of stairs (concrete) that lead towards the monastery. At the top, continue to the right (not paved) and you will find the path. It is relatively well maintained and easily marked. There are friendly locals who can point the way if need be…

We didn’t choose the best day to do the walk due to the rain the previous day, however we set out optimistic. As you can see by the photos, we did not end up with the same views! However, it was still an enjoyable walk through the mist. We must have passed about a dozen other brave trekkers during the walk.

On reaching the top- it was FREEZING! Due to the weather we were not able to walk between peaks and had low visibility. The walk between peaks apparently gives you the stunning views. Circular walk options from the peak were signed.

During cable car season and on sunny, clear days, apparently there are stores that open at the top. We did see signs advertising various beverages and snacks but with no owners to be found.

We would rate the walk to the peak of Mt Tsurugi as moderate in terms of difficulty, however depending on ice and snow, parts may be slightly more challenging. The paths were overall well maintained and easily signed allowing for three options from the top of the cable car for ascent. Here there was a large sign explaining the options. One path was short and steep (far left from memory), the middle path was what we took and was a little longer but less steep, and the third path (far right) was again apparently longer with slower incline.

With a relatively brisk pace it took us 1 hour 20 to reach the top, and 40 minutes to descend. This included stopping to take a photo or two!

Two-thirds of the way down, we opted to veer to the left at a large rock (signed in Japanese) which was an alternative path that circled around and added some distance. This was a particularly nice part of the walk and was easy on the knees. You can also option to take this route on the way up.

This would probably be challenging on hot days so go early or 3 hours prior to sunset. You would definitely want good vision though as parts can be steep and windy.
Written 28 May 2016
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elisa20
Carmel Valley, CA22 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Oct 2012
A nice day in the mountains. There is a lift part way up and then choices of easy and harder paths to the top. At the top there are platforms to sit on and enjoy the view and/or a picnic. The toilet facilities get worse as you go up, so go before you start your trip and bring some tissues just in case... The Awa soba at the restaurant at the base is good.
Written 4 March 2013
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