|Best months for climbing:||Jul, Aug, Sep, Oct|
|Nearest major airport:||Narita International Airport, Kansai International Airport|
|Convenient Center:||Omachi, Nagano or Matsumoto, Nagano|
Thanks to Peter Skov for adding this peak.
Jiigatake is a mountain with three summits that forms a corner where the Ushiro Tateyama Mountains of the Hida Range (North Alps) turn west briefly before continuing south again. Below Jiigatake lies Ohmachi City and sandwiched between Jiigatake and Rengedake is the Ougi Valley. The best access is from this valley. A bus from Shinano Ohmachi Station goes to the Nagano-side terminal for the Tateyama Kurobe Alpen Route (see Tateyama entry). From the terminal, walk 10 minutes back downt he road and cross a bridge. The trailhead is on the left. The trail starts and ends with a steep switchback climb but is mostly more gentle in the middle. It takes four or five hours to reach Taneike Lodge, which is visible from the road below, and the campsite. From there the south summit can be reached in about 45 minutes and itís another ten minutes or so to the central summit, which is the highest at 2,670 metres. Itís a walk up with no scrambling. The view from Jiigatake is extremely impressive. One can see as far as Mt. Fuji and the Akaishi Range (South Alps) on a clear day. Yarigatake and Hotakadake are much closer, and the Tateyama Mountains rise up from the steep walls of the Kurobe Valley separating the Tateyama Mountains from the Ushiro Tateyama Mountains. Near are the summits of Kashima Yarigatake, Harinokidake and Rengedake. Jiigatake can be climbed easily as a day trip but it is well worth staying the night for the sunset and sunrise views. Jiigatake is one of Japanís Sanbyakumeizan (300 Famous Mountains).
Thanks to Peter Skov for this description.