Climbing Mt. Yari

Matsumoto Northern Alps Area 槍ヶ岳


Mt. Yari is the fifth tallest mountain in Japan at 3180 m and one of Japan's top 100 mountains (Hyakumeizan). It can be seen along the Northern Japan Alps and looks like a spear thrust into the sky. Because of the resemblance, it has earned the nickname "the Matterhorn of Japan."

The hike begins in Kamikochi and continues all the way to the end of the valley (near Yoko'o). From there, the trail begins to climb and eventually reaches the Yarisawa Lodge. Approximately 5 hours beyond this is the Yarigatake Sanso lodge, and then 30 minutes to the peak of Yari. The full hike takes about 20 hours so it is recommended to climb it over 3 to 4 days.

Trail Details

Total Distance: 39.1 km
Total Time: 20 hours
Recommended No. of Days: 4 days, 3 nights
Elevation Difference: 2,130 m
Starting/Ending Point: Kamikochi Bus Terminal
Mid Point: Mt. Yari
Lodging: Yarisawa Lodge, Yarigatake Sanso


Kamikochi Visitor Center
Tel: 0263-95-2606 / Fax: 0263-95-2611


Late April to Early November

Seasonal Info

Fall Foliage: mid-September - early-October

Location / Access

Matsumoto City

By Train:
Kamikochi bus from Shinshimashima Station (Matsumoto Dentetsu Kamikochi Line)

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