Kita Dake

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Kita Dake is the highest mountain of the Japanese Alps, and is the second highest in all of Japan. It is located in the Minami Alps National Park, a short distance to the northwest of Japan's highest mountain, Fuji-san (12,389 ft.). Kita Dake is easily accessible, as buses travel throughout the region, and well-traveled trails, dotted with overnight huts, follow many of the Alpine ridgetops.

Elevation (feet): 10,474
Elevation (meters): 3,192
Continent: Asia
Country: Japan
Range/Region: Honshu
Latitude: 35.6734
Longitude: 138.239
Difficulty: Scramble
Best months for climbing: Jun, Jul, Aug, Sep, Oct
Nearest major airport: Tokyo, Japan
Convenient Center: Ahiyasa, Japan

Trip Reports

NOTE: Trip reports were previously called "Summit Logs" - same feature, new name

There are 6 trip reports for Kita Dake.

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  • Log #21282 - by David Niehoff on May 19, 2008
    The climb up to the peak was no problem. Camped out side of a mountain hut below the summit. The views from the top were amazing. We could see Mt.
  • Log #4186 - by Thomas Paul on July 09, 2003
    I left Narada about 5:30 for Hiragawara on foot (road was closed). I managed to hitch-hike the last 10 km and made the ascent to Kita-dake starting at 9 am. After 5 hours 30 I was on the summit with...
  • Log #4187 - by Yukoku Suzuki on Feb 28, 2001
    Kitadake is the highest peak in Southern Alps range of Japan and have famous North face for technical face climbing. It's beauty reaches its peak in fall when fresh snow covers the top while dark...
  • Log #4188 - by Tetsuo Fukuchi on Apr 25, 2000
    South Alps Trip: Tokyo [August 16 night] -> Hirogawara [August 17 6am] -> Kitadake [noon] -> Kumanodaira campground [5pm, overnight] -> Shiomidake [August 18 2pm] -> Sanpuku campground [4pm,...
  • Log #4189 - by Roy W. Goudy on July 16, 1999
    A friend and I summitted Kitadake on the first Monday in October 1994. We approached from the south starting at Sanpuku pass, summitting Shiomidake the first day and Ainodake on the second day. The...
  • Log #4190 - by Tadashi Anno on July 08, 1999
    Like many hikers from Tokyo, I took the overnight train to Kofu, and then the bus to the Hirokawara trailhead. This was a mistake, because without adequate sleep, the nearly 6,000 feet of elevation...