Ontake is a volcano in the Japanese Northern Alps. It rises in isolation, north of the main range. It is considered sacred by both Buddhist and Shinto faithful. Religious pilgrims frequent the mountain, and shrines line the pilgrim trail which leads easily to the summit. Ontake had never erupted in history until its relatively recent series of eruptions from October 1979 through April 1980.

Elevation (feet): 10,051
Elevation (meters): 3,063
Continent: Asia
Country: Japan
Range/Region: Honshu
Latitude: 35.8833
Longitude: 137.483
Difficulty: Walk up
Best months for climbing: Jun, Jul, Aug, Sep
Volcanic status: Active
Most recent eruption: 1980
Year first climbed: Late 19th Century
First successful climber(s): Fukan Reigin
Nearest major airport: Nagoya, Japan
Convenient Center: Nagoya, Japan

Trip Reports

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

There are 3 trip reports for Ontake.

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  • Log #19156 - by Tadashi Anno on Feb 14, 2006
    The most popular Otaki-guchi route is taken by most pilgrims and hikers. I took the longer route from the Kaida-kogen heights (bus service), and stayed at the barely serviceable cabin at the Sannoike...
  • Log #6009 - by cristiano anderson on Aug 08, 2000
    Very crowded during the hiking season, but the view pays off. Try to spend at least one night at the summit just to hear what a volcano sounds like and to see one of the most beautiful dawns Japan...
  • Log #6010 - by Stephan Zschiesche on Nov 29, 1998
    Ontake is a very popular mountain, it can easily be climbed in three hours. During the summer there must be regular traffic jams on the way up, but in October things have quieted down. See my...