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Yarigadake is a steep rock spire that reaches 120 meters above the surrounding ridges. Hence the name Yari which means "spear" in Japanese. The mountain's distinctive profile makes it the most recognizable non-volcanic peak in all Japan. There are five main approaches; two from the west, one from the south and two from the east-southeast. The approach from the south plus the east-southeast approach up the Yarisawa valley appear to be the most traveled routes. The route up the Yarisawa valley is an impressive rock and boulder field. There are a series of ladders and chains that have been placed along the final 100 meters to the summit so no gear is required.

Elevation (feet): 10,433
Elevation (meters): 3,180
Continent: Asia
Country: Japan
Range/Region: Honshu
Latitude: 36.3428
Longitude: 137.648
Difficulty: Scramble
Nearest major airport: Matsumoto
Convenient Center: Kami

Thanks to Roy W. Goudy for adding this peak.

Trip Reports

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

There are 2 trip reports for Yarigadake.

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  • Log #20479 - by Colin Wigston on Nov 08, 2006
    A 2 day walk-in using mountain huts (no soap or toothpaste allowed, but excellent food). Stunning scenery and hundreds of Japanese walkers with few foreigners. The sharp peak was crawling with people...
  • Log #10427 - by Roy W. Goudy on July 21, 1999
    Yarigadake is an especially popular peak therefore it can be rather crowded during the summer holiday period. The three huts near the summit can all together accommodate 1,000 people. If seeing...