Twin-peaked mountain within a forest park that is home to many ancient trees and bird of prey nests.
Kabu-yama is a twin-peaked mountain in the northern Mamurogawa Village of Yamagata Prefecture near Chokai-zan.
加無山 | かぶやま
Kabu-yama (加無山 [男加無山・女加無山]かぶやま [おかぶやま・めかぶやま]) is a 997m (3270 ft.) peak in the Mogami region of Yamagata prefecture best climbed from June to mid-November. Kabu-yama is a level 3 in terms of physical demand, which means it is moderate to hike, has a C technical grade, which means it requires a moderate level of expertise, and you want to allow at least 6 hours for a climb.
997m (3270 ft.)
C (requires a moderate level of expertise)
3 (moderate to hike)
Kabu-yama Trail (3-4 hours one-way)
Best time to climb
June to mid-November
Day trip possible?
Minimum Time Required
6 hours return
Kabu-yama is located in the northern Mamurogawa Town of Yamagata Prefecture, and is part of the Kabu-yama Prefectural Nature Park. Kabu-yama has two peaks, the northern Okabu-yama, and the southern Mekabu-yama. The peaks are only just under 1000m, but the trails are complicated and steep, so can be intimidating to some mountain climbers. There are many ancient trees in the area, as well as nests for birds of prey.
The trailhead up Kabu-yama is just before the end of the forest road. Be warned that there are a few places to cross the river either using bridges made of logs or simply fording the river. Once you reach the split between Okabu-yama and Mekabu-yama, head north towards Okabu-yama where there is a rocky area with a lookout. There is no trail to Mekabu-yama. Most people opt to turn back at the lookout, but if you want to go to the summit of Okabu-yama, you have to make your way through the bush and up the rock. It’s quite a changeable trail, so if you want to go for the summit, it’s best to hire a local guide. There isn’t a lookout from the summit of Okabu-yama, but there is a marker to let you know when you get there.
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