Kashima Yarigatake

Elevation (feet): 9,478
Elevation (meters): 2,889
Continent: Asia
Country: Japan
Range/Region: Honshu
Latitude: 36.6238
Longitude: 137.747
Difficulty: Walk up
Best months for climbing: 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.

Located in the Hida Range (North Alps), in the Ushiro Tateyama Mountain Chain on the border of Nagano and Toyama Prefectures, Kashima Yarigatake is one of Japanís Hyakumeizan (100 Famous Mountains). It's twin peaks reach an elevation of 2,889 metres (south summit) and 2,848 metres (north summit). Easily distinguishable from Ohmachi City, Kashima Yarigatake is the most southern of the great summits of the Ushiro Tateyama Mountains. There are three access routes, one from a valley below the mountain, one via neighbouring Goryu Dake, and one from Ougi Valley. The Ougi Valley route is takes you up over Jiigatake (see separate entry) and is accessed by taking a bus from Shinano Ohmachi Station to the Nagano-side terminal of the Tateyama Kurobe Alpen Route (see entry about Tateyama). Getting off at the terminal you walk back down the road about ten minutes and cross a bridge. On the left is the trailhead to Jiigatake. It takes four or five hours to climb up to the lodge at Taneike (Seed Pond), even though the lodge is visible from the road. From there you turn right and cross the three summits of Jiigatake and descend down to almost 2,000 metres. After passing another lodge, the ascent to the south summit of Kashima Yarigatake begins. Itís a steady trek up the incline but a walk up. From the summit you have a 360-degree view over all the surrounding peaks both near and far, and on a clear day you can see all the way to Mt. Fuji and the Akaishi Range (South Alps). Most impressive, however, is the view over the Tateyama Mountains. Below the sharp teeth of Tsurugi Dake and the incisor three-peak summit of Tateyama the valleys drop steeply and deeply. Also visible are Yarigatake and Hotakadake. Moving with a daypack in summer, a speedy climber could do the trek in a day, but an overnight stay at either of the two lodges or the neighbouring campsites is recommended.

Thanks to Peter Skov for this description.