Wednesday, September 12, 2012

Mt Kamui-dake

Mt Kamui-dake

Mt Kamui-dake is in the Sapporo and Jozankei area and the peak is a flat mass of rock that shows it’s rough face that sticks out through the trees and can been seen from miles around.
Mt Kamui-dake is just out of Sapporo and on the main road to the onsen town of Jozankei.
Mt Kamui-dake

This is great day hike and will offer something for everyone from beginner hiker to experience. For the beginner hiker this is a good hike to challenge you and to level up on and get more experience.
For the experience hiker this hike won't be such a challenge but you will still find in fun and will worth it and will give your legs and lungs a work out.

Mt Kamui-dake

You head out of Sapporo on route 230 which is the main road to onsen town of Jozankei.
It is not so easy to find the turn off to starting point. The turn off is a bridge on your right heading to Jozanki on a straight bit of road and 300 meters before you hit the first tunnel on that road. (If you hit a tunnel, you have gone too far and you need to turn around and go back about 300 meters and the bridge should be on your left) 
Go over the bridge and you will a dirt road. keep heading straight and you will see a small wooden shack on your right that is where you write your name, date, how many people and what time you will start the hike. On the way out you write down when you finished the hike.
After you have done all that keep heading straight to you come to the car park and the start point.
The dirt road at the start of the hike
The short cut trail
The main hiking trail
The hike starts off easy walking a long a dirt road then we meet and head on to the hiking trail. The trail slowly works it's way up through the trees and gets a bit steeper as you climb to the top. About 3/4 way to the peak we get to an open area called Ganbo-dai which takes you about two hours. Here the field of vision opens up and you start to get some nice views and you can see where we started from. From Ganbo-dai it is another hour to the peak. This hike a couple of short and not difficult rope sections to add alittle fun.
At peak we will have lunch and you can enjoy some nice views. From the peak we will hike down the same way we came up

The first rope section

The 3rd rope section near the top
Mountain Height: 983 meters

Area: Sapporo / Jozankei

Trip type : Day Hike


    Beginner hikers :    Medium to Hard
    Experience hikers : Easy to Medium

Trail open : May to October

Suitable for : Kids and Adults ( Kids over 12 years old )

Hiking time up : 3 hrs

Hiking time down : 2 hrs

The peak
The peak

 Side hike option:
about 10 minutes from the peak of Mt Kamui-dake is a side trail over to Mt Edoshi-dake.
This trail is about a 2 hour and 30 minute return hike. and has a steep decent and climb. The hike is hard and you get a great view looking down on Mt Kamui-dake but the peak is very disappointing and not worth to work to get over there.

The river at the start of the hike: July

The river at the start of the hike: early October

Public transport:Info coming soon

Goggle Map:
Mt Kamui-dake map 

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