Climbing Mt. Yakedake

Matsumoto Northern Alps Area 焼岳


Mt. Yakedake is the only actively volcanic peak of the Northern Japan Alps and has an altitude of 2,444m. The volcanic activity creates a number of hot springs including Kamikochi Onsen and Nakanoyu Onsen. It can be seen from Taisho Pond where it is reflected beautifully in its still waters.

Mt. Yakedake is a popular day hike which can be done from within Kamikochi or from the Nakanoyu area. From the Yakedake trailhead, the climb takes about 5 hours, covering a distance of 6.4km. If travelling by public transportation, factor in the 3km hike from the bus stop which adds another 70 min.

Trail Details

Total Distance: 6.4km
Total Time: 5 hours (+70 min. if walking from Nakanoyu bus stop)
Recommended No. of Days: 1 day
Elevation Difference: 860m
Starting/Ending Point: Yakedake trailhead
Mid Point: Mt. Yake
Lodging: -


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


Early June to late November

Seasonal Info

Fall Foliage: October -

Location / Access

Matsumoto City

By Train:
Get off at Matsumoto Station (JR Shinonoi Line) -> Take the Kamikochi line train to Shinshimashima Station. From there, take the Kamikochi line bus and get off at the Nakanoyu stop. The Shin-Nakanoyu trailhead is a 3km walk (70 min.)

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