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KAMURO-DAKE (Mt. Kamurodake)

かむろだけ 

100 Famous Mountains of Yamagata

禿岳

Mountain on the edge of a caldera on the borders of Mogami Town and the Onikobe part of Naruko Onsen, Miyagi Prefecture.

Mountain on the edge of a caldera on the borders of Mogami Town and the Onikobe part of Naruko Onsen, Miyagi Prefecture.

KAMURO-DAKE

Mt. Kamurodake, Kamurodake, Mt. Kamuro-dake

禿岳かむろだけ 

Kamuro-dake (禿岳(小鏑山)かむろだけ(こかぶらやま)) is a 1261m (4137 ft.) peak in the Mogami region of Yamagata prefecture best climbed from June to October. Kamuro-dake is a level 2 in terms of physical demand, which means it is relatively easy to hike, has a A technical grade, which means it requires little expertise, and you want to allow at least 4 hours for a climb.

Mountain Range

Kamuro-dake

Region

Mogami

Elevation

1261m (4137 ft.)

Technical Demand

A (requires little expertise)

Physical Demand

2 (relatively easy to hike)

Trails

Two: 1) Hanadate Toge Trailhead (2 hours one-way), 2) Choshi Trailhead (2 hours 30 one-way)

Best time to climb

June to October

Day trip possible?

Yes

Minimum Time Required

4 hours

KAMURO-DAKE

Kamuro-dake (not to be confused with nearby Kamuro-san) is a mountain straddling the borders of Mogami Town in Yamagata Prefecture, and Onikobe, part of Naruko Onsen, Miyagi Prefecture. The mountain is also known as Kokabura-yama and is the highest peak on the outer edge of the Onikobe caldera mainly formed of granodiorite. Much like the nearby Kamuro Renpo (mountain range), Kamuro-dake is asymmetrical, and Miyagi Prefecture locals call the mountain ‘Little Tanigawa-dake’ due to its sharp drop off to the east.

There are two main trails on Kamuro-dake, the Hanadate Toge Trail and Choshi Trail. The Hanadate Toge Trail is recommended even for beginners.

Hanadate Toge Trail (2 hours one-way)

The Hanadate Toge trailhead is located at the border of Miyagi and Yamagata Prefectures on the regional Mogami Onikobe road. The start of the hike is in an area known for wind, and you can get grand views of the surrounds and the summit of Kamuro-yama. Once you enter the forest the trail starts proper, but the trail is very wide and is well-maintained. Periodic signage lets you know the distance climbed and how much is left. After the 4th and 8th stations there are somewhat long stretches of sharp ascents, so be sure to take rests as necessary. There is a small hokora shrine at the 9th station where you can take a rest, and once you’re past the fields you will arrive at the summit. There is an amazing sign made of stone at the summit and 360-degree views.

Choshi Trail (2 hours 30 one-way)

Once past Mogami Town’s Maemori Kogen, after about 5 minutes you will find yourself at the Choshi Trailhead. The forest road just past the trailhead is blocked due to landslides, but you can park your car near there. The trail is well posted, so you shouldn’t get lost. The start of the trail goes through a cedar forest that gradually turns into a beech forest. The whole climb is basically one long ascent. There are a number of long sharp slopes to contend with, including parts that require ropes. This trail doesn’t have much of a view, but from around the 9th station there is an amazing lookout that looks out to the south-east. After that, there is one last spurt until you reach the summit.

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Tim Bunting Kiwi Yamabushi

TIM BUNTING – KIWI YAMABUSHI

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Hi, I’m Tim Bunting AKA the Kiwi Yamabushi, a New Zealander who became a Yamabushi Ascetic in the Dewa Sanzan mountains of north Japan. I’m part of the Yamabushido team, and we host life-altering Yamabushi training on the Dewa Sanzan (website I made). People come to us for the ultimate mindfulness experience, to reach the next level, or simply connect with nature and themselves.

I’m on a mission to summit all 100 Famous Mountains of Yamagata Prefecture to spread the splendour of this fabulous location, and in dedication to all those who lost their lives out in nature, including my father.

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