Tsurugi Dake

Elevation (feet): 9,835
Elevation (meters): 2,998
Continent: Asia
Country: Japan
Range/Region: Honshu
Latitude: 36.6204
Longitude: 137.62
Difficulty: Scramble
Best months for climbing: Jul, Aug, Sep
Nearest major airport: Narita International Airport, Kansai International Airport
Convenient Center: Toyama City

Thanks to Peter Skov for adding this peak.

Mount Tsurugi, or Tsurugi Dake (Sword Mountain) as it is known in Japanese, is one of Japan's 100 Famous Peaks. It is located in Toyama Prefecture on the side of the Sea of Japan, near the Noto Peninsula and Toyama City. It has a very distinctive, pointed and rocky-looking peak with many crags and steep slopes. Access to the peak is usually from the Tateyama area, where the trail leads to gradually more and more difficult terrain. In some parts leading up to the summit hikers must negotiate narrow rock ledges using both hands. Climbing to the summit in winter is not impossible but only experienced winter climbers should attempt it. The best way to climb the peak is to get up to the Morodo Bus Terminal, which is accessable by electric buses and cable cars from the Nagano side at Omachi Town or from the Toyama side at Tateyama Station. Here, there are a number of hotels and some tent sites. From the bus terminal the trail goes to Mikuri ga Ike (Mikuri Pond) a short distance away, then drops into a valley before climbing steeply up Betsu Yama to the north, about 1h50m. From Betsu Yama there are three main routes, the one to Tsurugi Mae Peak keeps you on the mountain ridge; however, my guide book recommends going right (east) into Tsurugi Ravine and then crossing the ravine and climbing back up the ridge. It's about 2 hrs from there along the ridge to the peak, some parts steep and rocky. Alternatively, there is a route that goes down into the Tsurugi Ravine and follows it before climbing up the north side, and there is a route from a small place called Baba Shima on the WNW side of the mountain. Some of the best views of Tsurugi are from the Tatayama / Morodo area, from Senjin Ike (Senjin Pond), and from the Hakuba Range in Nagano.

Thanks to Peter Skov for this description.