Let's go into the adventurous wilderness!
Map of The Geospatial Information Authority of Japan 国土地理院の地図
In many situations, the names of the mountain and its highest peak are the same in Japan. However, the name of Mt. Tateyama 立山 and its highest peak is not the same. The trail runs through three main peaks, whose names are
- Mt. Oyama 雄山 (3003m 9852ft)
- Mt. Oonanjiyama 大汝山 (3015m 9891ft)
- Mt. Fuji-no-oritate 富士ノ折立 (2999m 9839ft).
* If you are a beginner hiker I recommend you choose those mountains instead of Mt. Tsurugidake. However, this guidebook doesn't cover these mountains.
One of the Oyama Shrines 雄山神社 is located on the peak of Mt. Oyama 雄山
Both routes “turn left” and “go straight” connect to Mikurigaike Pond • Jigokudani Valley ミクリガ池 • 地獄谷. Please look over this map before you start walking.
Mikurigaike Pond ミクリガ池
This is a crater pond that is very popular with tourists. From June through October, on sunny days, the water turns the most beautiful shade of blue.
Jigokudani Valley 地獄谷
Raichozawa Hyutte 雷鳥沢ヒュッテ (Lodge)
Raichozawa Camp Site 雷鳥沢キャンプ場
Raichozawa camp site (Raichosawa Camping Ground)
500 yen / 1 person 1 night
Snow Grouse 雷鳥
Tsurugigozengoya 剱御前小舎 (Lodge)
There are two trails from this fork to the lodge Kenzanso 剣山荘.
The left trail directly takes you to the lodge in 60 minutes, if the trail is not covered with snow.
The right trail goes to the lodge via a camp site and another lodge.
After you pass through the lodge Tsurugigozengoya 剱御前小舎, you will see a great view of Mt. Tsurugidake 剱岳.
Tsurugizawa Camp Site 剱沢キャンプ場
Tsurugizawa Camp Site (Tsurugisawa Camping Ground)
2400m (7874ft) above sea level
500 yen / 1 person
Tsurugisawa-yaei-kanrijo 剱沢野営管理所 It is the reception of the camping site.
They don't offer food service. If you want to buy food, you need to walk to Tsurugisawa-goya 剱沢小屋 located 220m (722ft) away.
Tsurugisawa-hashutsujo 剱沢警備派出所 Tsurugisawa police station
It is next to Tsurugisawa-yaei-kanrijo 剱沢野営管理所.
This information board tells you condition of the trails such as closed routes, dangerous areas and areas where you need to use crampons.
You can ask the police about it, if you can’t read this information in Japanese.
Walk down to the lodges. Tsurugisawa-goya 剱沢小屋 → Kenzanso 剣山荘
Kenzanso 剣山荘 (Lodge)
Summer season (End of June - Early in October)
There is no camp site near this lodge.
Use Tsurugizawa camp site (Tsurugisawa Camping Ground) 剱沢キャンプ場.
Map of The Geospatial Information Authority of Japan 国土地理院の地図
Reservation and Contact
Reservations are necessary, because this lodge controls the number of guests to ensure an enjoyable stay at the dormitories.
(While some lodges located in the Japanese alps or Mt. Fuji 富士山 are often over-crowded, especially from Friday to Sunday in summer; sometimes guests have to sleep shoulder-to-shoulder on a small mattress.)
If you don't speak Japanese and would like to book the lodge, the best way is by e-mail in English instead of by phone. They will reply in English.
You should receive a reply within 2 days. If you do not, resend your reservation after 2 days have passed, or please make reservations by phone.
Direct mobile phone numbers to the lodge
090-2372-5799 (Available from 1st June)
090-8967-9116 (Satellite phone)
• 1-night with dinner and breakfast 10000 yen
• 1-night with dinner 9000 yen
• 1-night without meals 7000 yen
• A lunch box instead of the breakfast 1000 yen
Breakfast is at 5:30 AM
Dinner is at 5:00 PM
Please check in and pay the bill at this reception when you arrive at the lodge. (You can leave without checking out.)
You should take off your shoes in front of the reception of the lodge, and put on slippers when you are staying in the lodge. You should put your shoes in the shoe box in dry room next to the reception. You can freely use the room to dry your rain jacket and so on.
Prices are as of in 2017. It might be changed now.
- Draft beer 900 yen
- Canned beer (500ml 800 yen, 350ml 600 yen)
- Coffee 500 yen
- English tea 500 yen
- Curry rice 1000 yen
- Beef bowl 1000 yen
- Chinese bowl 1000 yen (Chopped vegetables and bits of meat)
- Cup noodles 500 yen
- Cup udon noodles 500 yen
- Oden 800 yen (Several piece of boiled food)
- Non-alcohol drinks 400 yen to more
- Sake 600 yen to more
- Canned chuhai (cocktails) 500 yen
- Milk 300 yen
- A bottle of whiskey 1500 yen
Those tables on the terrace are good for eating and drinking while viewing the mountain scenery. This place is 2470m (8103ft) above sea level.
You should take off your shoes in front of the reception of the lodge, and put on slippers when you are staying in the lodge.
You should put your shoes in the shoe box in dry room next to the reception. You can freely use the room to dry your rain jacket and so on.
The bathrooms of this lodge have hot showers, but no bathtubs. They cannot offer hot spring services, either.
The tap water of the sink space is safe to drink, and free of charge for the lodge guests.
A sample of dinner
Hamburger patty, Fried prawn, Grilled fish, Salad, Vegetables, Pickles and so on. These are subject to change.
You can get free refills of rice, miso soup and Japanese tea by yourself.
A sample of breakfast
Scrambled egg, Sausage, Seasoned fish, Salad, Vegetables, Pickles, Nori (Seasoned and dried sea vegetable) These are subject to change. You can get free refills of rice, miso soup and Japanese tea by yourself.
This breakfast was simple but I was satisfied.
This lodge is located near the peak of Mt. Tsurugidake 剱岳 among the lodges around this area.
When you reach the peak you may want to leave your baggage in the baggage room at the lodge. You don't need to ask the receptionist if you are the guest. You can freely leave it on an open shelf in the hallway.
You shouldn't keep it in your room because the room will require housekeeping in the morning. You can leave without checking out when you leave the lodge.
Then, when you come back from the peak you can enter the lodge again without permission from the receptionist and take your baggage.
Some people might think it is not secure but don't worry. In Japan, it is not likely that anyone (hikers) will steal your belongings.
This is a dormitory. There is sufficient bedding such as mattresses, blankets and pillows in the dormitory. You do not need to bring your own sleeping bag.