KURATE-YAMA

くらてやま 

Hiking Guide to the mountains of Yamagata Prefecture

倉手山

KURATE-YAMA

Kurate-yama is a mountain famous for Japanese white pines, rhododendrons, azaleas, and its views of the Ide Renpo.

Kurate-yama is a peak near Ozakai-yama, Kitamata-yama, and Ide-san in the south-west corner of Oguni Town renowned for its glorious views of the Ide Renpo. When standing at the summit from the left you can see Jizo-dake, Ide-san, Kitamata-dake, Chijin-zan, and even Eburiasahi-dake in Iwate to the east. In spring there are rhododendrons and azaleas, among many other colourful flowers.

Kurate-yama Tozan (Hiking) Trail (2 to 6 hours one-way)

There is a carpark for Kurate-yama 1.4 km past the junction at the Obuchi Bridge entrance to the Kairagiso mountain lodge. Signs point the way to the trailhead, so start the hike from there. After about 30 minutes on a sharp incline, the trail evens out and the view opens up. You’ll arrive at a ridge with many Pinus Parviflora (Himekomatsu, Japanese white pine). Once over the bump there is one last steep incline to contend with before you reach the summit.

The gate closes for the winter until late May. However, it's possible to use the Kairagiso carpark and walk to the trailhead.

The road there is paved and there is enough space for 40 cars to park at the trailhead. There is also a toilet near the car park.

KURATE-YAMA

倉手山くらてやま 

Mt. Kurate, Mt. Kurateyama, Mt. Kurateyama, Kurateyama

Kurate-yama (倉手山くらてやま) is a 952m (3123 ft.) peak in the Okitama Region of Yamagata prefecture best climbed from May to early November. Kurate-yama is a level 2 in terms of physical demand, which means it is relatively easy to hike, has a B technical grade, which means it doesn't require too much expertise. Allow at least 2 hours one-way for a hike up Kurate-yama.

Mountain Range

Kurate-yama

Region

Okitama

Elevation

952m (3123 ft.)

Technical Demand

B (requires some technical skills)

Physical Demand

2 (a little physically demanding)

Trails

Kurate-yama Tozan (Hiking) Trail (2 to 6 hours one-way)

Best time to climb

May to early November

Day trip possible?

Yes

Minimum Time Required

Two to six hours one-way on the Kurate-yama Tozan (Hiking) Trail

Google Map with trailheads and summit.

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

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