Three-Summit Mountain: AKIBA-SAN

あきばさん 

Hiking Guide to the mountains of Yamagata Prefecture

秋葉山

AKIBA-SAN

Tri-peak mountain in Nanyo City with breathtaking views of Nanyo City and the Ide Renpo.

Akiba-san is a mountain in Nanyo City made up of three summits. The first summit is 389 m with a small shrine and stone Torii shrine gates. The second summit is 477 m and has a small shrine. Lastly, the third summit is 561 m with a small shrine. Collectively, locals dotingly call this mountain Akiba-san.

Akiba-san sits at the northernmost point of the Kennan-kenritsu shizen koen Park. In particular, the open space near the second summit’s Akiba Sanso mountain hut has spectacular views. From there you can take in views of central Nanyo City and the Ide Renpo. At the main summit lies Akiba Jinja (shrine) with its annual festival in June.

Akiba-san Tozan Trail (90 minutes one-way)

From Mukaiyama Park, go past the Akiba Fruit Line (farm road), and you’ll see signs for the trail. Passing through the fruit trees, at the second sign, go straight and you’ll see the trailhead.

The trail takes you via the first and second summits to the main summit. Then, there is an incline until the second summit. From there, go down a bit until you hit the last steep part for the third summit.

Take note of the signs at the junctions as you hike. From within a grove at the summit you can tell the main roads of Nanyo City were decided using Akiba-san as a reference point. Overall, the trail can get very slippery so be sure to bring decent footwear.

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AKIBA-SAN

秋葉山あきばさん 

Mt. Akiba, Akibasan, Mt. Akibasan, Mt. Akiba-san

Tri-peak mountain in Nanyo City with breathtaking views of Nanyo City and the Ide Renpo.

Akiba-san (秋葉山あきばさん) is a 561m (1840 ft.) peak in the Okitama Region of Yamagata prefecture best climbed from April to November. Akiba-san is a level 1 in terms of physical demand, which means it is easy to hike, has an A technical grade, which means it requires little expertise, and you want to allow at least 90 minutes one-way for a hike.

Mountain Range

Akiba-san

Region

Okitama

Elevation

561m (1840 ft.)

Technical Demand

A (requires little expertise)

Physical Demand

1 (easy to hike)

Trails

One: Akiba-san Tozan Trail (90 minutes one-way)

Best time to climb

April to November

Day trip possible?

Yes

Minimum Time Required

90 minutes one-way on the Akiba-san Tozan Trail

Google Map with trailheads and summit.

PDF Maps by TheHokkaidoCartographer and JapanWilds.org. See all here.

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