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Ascent of Yatsuga-take on 2012-09-26

Climber: Rob Woodall

Others in Party:Alan Bernier
Duane Gilliland
Adam Helman
Adrian Rayner
Andrew Tibbetts
Date:Wednesday, September 26, 2012
Ascent Type:Successful Summit Attained
    Motorized Transport to Trailhead:Taxicab
Peak:Yatsuga-take
    Location:Japan
    Elevation:2898 m / 9511 ft

Ascent Trip Report

After our Ontake-san ascent, we spend the night at a hotel in Chino.

We planned to take the 06:40 bus but it seems it doesn't run on a Wednesday so we take a taxi to the trailhead (N35.98194 E138.30120, 1502m), storing our gear at the shop for a small fee. This is the low trailhead: the upper trailhead is 2 km further on at N35.98198 E138.32560, 1693m and while the dirt road is driveable with care, taxis won't go there so we hike, starting at 07:40. The bus back is at 15:00 so we plan to get a taxi back to Chino: the public transport here isn't set up for day hiking, with people apparently using their own cars and/or using the hut network to visit this popular group of 8 summits.

The dirt road forks L off the tarmac at the trailhead, descends maybe 15m to cross a stream, then climbs up, with a few zigzags, passing through nice deciduous woodland, to reach the upper trailhead (N35.98198 E138.32560, parking, refreshments). Shortly beyond, on a L bend, our foot trail forks R, broadly following a stream, which it crosses several times, often rocky, in nice shady woodland.

We pass a helipad and soon afterwards arrive at a hut (N35.97873 E138.36440, 2345m) (refreshments, including soft drinks and beer kept cool very simply in a tank with running water). Various summit options are possible here but we turn R on the direct route, turning L at the next signposted fork (N35.97578 E138.36465) to take a steep trail which includes several flights of steps.

We reach the ridge at N35.97111 E138.36777, 2736m: signpost some way above a saddle, with the imposing P100m Mt Amida rising beyond it. We are now on the steep west ridge of Akadake's main summit. After a short stony trail we enjoy an easy chain-protected scramble to the summit, marked by a triangulation point (block, N35.97078 E138.37003, 2887m) and various other items. We're there at 11:40 in 4 hours. There is a hut a short way along a ridge, slightly lower than the summit. The view is very fine, including yesterday's peak Ontake, but chiefly Fuji-san draws the eye, rising out of a sea of cloud. The summit is a busy spot, with dozens of people coming and going.

Andrew and Alan arrive first and soon head down, taking in that striking peak Mt Amida we were admiring on the way down. Their original intention was to follow the ridge down directly to the trailhead but apparently it is slow and quite exposed so they run down our upward route, reaching the trailhead at 14:20, in good time to catch the bus back to Chino.

The rest of us enjoy the view and the sunshine for 20 mins then I head down first, with Adam, as I'm still slow due to a leg injury, not appreciating the scrambly descent the way I normally would. Duane and Adrian catch us on the way down; we rest at the hut then continue down, resting at the upper trailhead then hiking the road to the lower trailhead, arriving at 16:00. We order a taxi, retrieve our bags and head back to Chino, spending another hotel night before making the short trip to Kofu ready to climb Kita-dake on Friday after a rest day. By common consent, Akadake was probably our best Japanese peak so far.

Akadake photo album
Summary Total Data
    Elevation Gain:1542 m / 5060 ft
    Extra Gain:20 m / 66 ft
    Distance:18 km / 11.2 mi
    Route:low level route from west
    Trailhead:west lower trailhead  1396 m / 4583 ft
    Grade/Class:YDS 3
    Quality:8 (on a subjective 1-10 scale)
    Route Conditions:
Maintained Trail, Scramble
    Gear Used:
Ski Poles
    Weather:Pleasant, Calm, Clear
Ascent Statistics
    Time Up:4 Hours 
Descent Statistics
    Time Down:4 Hours 
GPS Data for Ascent/Trip


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