KAMURO-DAKE (Mt. Kamurodake)

かむろだけ 

Hiking Guide to the mountains of Yamagata Prefecture

禿岳

KAMURO-DAKE

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

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. Locals also call the mountain Kokabura-yama. Kamuro-dake 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. 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 famous for wind. However, there are spectacular 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 tells you the distance and how far you still have to climb. After the 4th and 8th stations there are somewhat long stretches of sharp ascents. Just make sure to take rests as necessary. There is a small hokora shrine at the 9th station where you can take a rest. 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. This trail has many signposts so you shouldn't lose your way. 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. However from around the 9th station there is an amazing lookout to the south-east. After that, there is one last spurt until you reach the summit.

KAMURO-DAKE

禿岳かむろだけ 

Mt. Kamurodake, Kamurodake, Mt. Kamuro-dake

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

Google Map with trailheads and summit.

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

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