Goryu Dake

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Goryu Dake
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Goryu Dake is one of Japan's 100 Famous Mountains and a popular mountain for late summer climbing. It is generally accessed by a long ridge following a trunk called Toomi One extending out from the mountain range, though some reach it via Karamatsu Dake to the north or Kashima Yarigatake to the south. From Hakuba there is a series of ski lifts that can get you up the first several hundred metres; from there on you follow the long trunk, sometimes up and down steep trails, until you reach the refuge. From the refuge it is about another 45 minutes to the summit up another steep trail. Though not as high as other mountains in the area, Goryu has some amazing cliffs and in the winter the snow-covered mountain can almost pass for an Andean mountain peak with its sheer cliffs, fluted folds of snow and thickly corniced ridges.

Elevation (feet): 9,232
Elevation (meters): 2,814
Continent: Asia
Country: Japan
Range/Region: Honshu
Latitude: 36.659
Longitude: 137.752
Difficulty: Walk up
Best months for climbing: Aug, Sep
Nearest major airport: Narita International, Kansai International
Convenient Center: Hakuba

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