GOSHI-YAMA (GOSHI-ZAN)

ごうしやま 

Hiking Guide to the mountains of Yamagata Prefecture

豪士山

GOSHI-YAMA

Mountain visible from anywhere in Okitama known for its views that change throughout the season, including that of many famous peaks in Yamagata and the surrounding prefectures.

Visible from all over the Okitama Region, Goshi-yama is renowned for how its landscape changes by the season. In the past, the ancient Goshi Toge pass to the north was maintained by a local group called ‘Goshi-yama-no-Kai’. However in September of 1999, that same group formed a loop trail with Komagata-take to the south. Known as the Buna-no-mori Sansaku kosu, the beech forest hiking trail, this trail has since become very popular indeed.

The trail is cleared twice a year, and even elementary school students hike it. The summit boasts 360° views. To the south lies the Azuma Renpo, to the west the Ide Renpo, to the northwest the Asahi Renpo and Gassan, to the northeast, the Zao Renpo. And if you’re really lucky, you can spot Chokai-san way up in the north.

Hana-no-Kata Trail (3 hours one-way)

The Hana-no-kata trail goes from the Motomiya Camping Ground via Goshi Toge to the summit. First, park your car at the campsite. After walking through the forest road for a while, you will soon see a sign for the trailhead. The trail starts proper after taking a left at the forest road and crossing the stream.

Follow the zigzags for a while, and when you reach the top you’re at the trail’s namesake; Hana-no-Kata ‘the flower shoulder’, an exposed rock with spectacular views. After that the trail evens out through a beech forest. Then the path gets steep again from around the watering hole and then up to the Goshi Toge. There is one final push to the summit from here that takes about 30 minutes.

Take due care as the trail is covered with layers of fallen leaves, so there are parts with poor footing, and some parts get extremely narrow.

Hikabagoe Trail (3 hours one-way)

The Hikabagoe Trail takes you south from a dam through a beech forest along the Motozawa River. There are some parts where you have to cross the river, so take care of your footing. Take a left at the junction for the Hikabagoe meadow, and the summit is about 50 minutes away.

GOSHI-YAMA

豪士山ごうしやま 

Goshi-zan, Mt. Goshiyama, Mt. Goshizan, Goshiyama, Goshizan

Goshi-yama (Goshi-zan, 豪士山ごうしやま(ごうしざん)) is a 1023m (3356 ft.) peak in the Okitama Region of Yamagata prefecture best climbed from May to October. Goshi-yama is a level 3 in terms of physical demand, which means it is moderate to hike, has a B technical grade, which means it doesn't require too much expertise. Allow at least 3 hours one-way for a hike up Goshi-yama.

Mountain Range

Ou Mountains

Region

Okitama

Elevation

1023m (3356 ft.)

Technical Demand

B (requires some expertise)

Physical Demand

3 (relatively demanding)

Trails

Two: 1) Hana-no-Kata Trail (3 hours one-way), 2) Hikabagoe Trail (3 hours one-way)

Best time to climb

May to October

Day trip possible?

Yes

Minimum Time Required

3 hours one way on either the Hana-no-Kata or Hikabagoe Trails

Google Map with trailheads and summit.

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

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