Hotakadake is the general name given to a group of
five distinct peaks that rise nearly 1700 m above
the valley floor at Kamikochi. The centerpiece
Okuhotakadake rises to 3190 m making it Japan's
third tallest mountain. Okuhotakadake is surrounded
by four additional peaks. Nishihotakadake to the
southwest is the shortest at 2909 m, Maehotakadake
to the southeast is next at 3090 m followed by
Karasawadake (3110 m) and Kitahotakadake (3106 m)
to the north. Routes to Okuhotakadake require some
scrambling at the higher elevations along exposed
ridges that drop off steeply several hundreds of
meters in places. Because of easy access, Hotakadake
receives significant traffic annually. The
combination of heavy traffic and potentially
hazardous routes, especially in inclement weather,
has resulted in a number of fatalities over the
years, making Hotakadake one of the deadliest
mountains in all of Japan. However, with proper
attention paid to the trail, problems are easily
avoided and the climber is rewarded with a
magnificent 360 degree panorama from the summit
plus the satisfaction of summiting one of Japan's
(see also the entry for Oku Hotakadake on Peakware)
|Best months for climbing:||Aug, Sep|
|Nearest major airport:||Nagoya, Tokyo, Osaka|
Thanks to Roy W. Goudy for adding this peak.
NOTE: Trip reports were previously called "Summit Logs" - same feature, new name
There are 2 trip reports for Hotakadake.
Select any entry from the list below:
- Log #21446 - by dominick lacson on Sep 24, 2008Long hike, excellent lodges along the way. the assault from karasawa to hotakadake sanso was boulder scrambling. Permanent snow around karasawa. the final assault thru use of the ladder and chains...
- Log #11430 - by Roy W. Goudy on Sep 10, 1999The easiest and probably the most popular route is through the Karasawa amphitheater. The views from the Karasawa Hut all the way to the Hotaka Lodge are fabulous. Queues to the Okuhotakadake summit...