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Mountains in Yamagata by Hiking Time

The mountains of Yamagata truly do offer something for everyone. There are overnighter hikes for the very serious, or some hikes that are literally a walk in the park. Here you will find hikes in Yamagata split into their duration.


Short hikes are less than one hour one-way, or thereabouts. Half-day hikes can be completed in about 4-5 hours. Full day hikes take at least 5 or 6 hours. And as the name suggests, overnighter hikes require a night on the mountain.

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SHORT HIKES IN YAMAGATA PREFECTURE

A list of mountains with hikes in Yamagata Prefecture less than one hour one-way.

Mt. Haguro's Five Story Pagoda
Why This Tiny Mountain MUST be on Your Japan Itinerary: Haguro-san

414m (1358 ft.)

100 Famous Mountains of Yamagata
OTAKANE-YAMA (Mt. Otakane)

543m (1781 ft.)

The Pyramids of… Japan? — Yakushi-san and The OG Japan content creator (Mt. Yakushi)

437m (1433 ft.)

100 Famous Mountains of Yamagata
SHIRATAKA-YAMA (Mt. Shirataka)

994m (3261 ft.)

100 Famous Mountains of Yamagata
Castle Mountain: SHIRO-YAMA (Mt. Shiroyama, Hasedojo-ato, The Remains of Hasedo Castle)

230m (754. ft.)

100 Famous Mountains of Yamagata
Dancing Swan Mountain: MAIZURU-YAMA (Mt. Maizuru)

242m (793. ft.)

Zao-san and Why We Climb Mountains (Mt. Zao)

1841m (6040 ft.) (Kumano-dake)

A Jizo statue at the top of Mt. Kyogakura in Sakata
Womb Passes and Monkey Crossings: Kyogakura-san “The Shugendo Peak of Sutras” (Mt. Kyogakura)

474m (1555 ft.)

100 Famous Mountains of Yamagata
OOKA-YAMA (Mt. Ooka)

401m (1315 ft.)

Mt. Yamuki (Yamuki-yama) in Shinjo City
The Medieval Castle and Mighty River of Yamuki-yama (Mt. Yamuki)

206m (675. ft.)

Panoramas and picnics under the Sakura: Kita-yama (Mt. Kitayama)

188m (616. ft.)

Mt. Yudono Shrine Gates during the autumn
The Dewa Sanzan’s Mountain of Rebirth: Yudono-san (Mt. Yudono)

1505m (4921. ft.)

Bananas and Cokes, Leaches and Pit Vipers: Kumanonaga-mine (Mt. Kumanonagamine)

430 m (1411 ft.)

100 Famous Mountains of Yamagata
TAKATORI-YAMA (Mt. Takatori)

271m (889. ft.)

Hiking Guide to the mountains of Yamagata Prefecture
HIGASHIKUROMORI-YAMA

766m (2513 ft.)

Mt.-Takadate-and-Shimoike-lake-in-Tsuruoka
Whetting your appetite for Wetlands on Takadate-yama (Mt. Takadate)

273 m (896 ft.)

100 Famous Mountains of Yamagata
DAIZUMORI-YAMA (Mt. Daizumori)

984m (3228 ft.)

Abandoned Ski Field and Phantom Forest of Tsuchiyu-yama (Mt. Tsuchiyu)

577m (1893 ft.)

Hiking Guide to the mountains of Yamagata Prefecture
Upside-down Sake Cup Mountain: SAKAZUKI-YAMA (Mt. Sakazuki)

270m (885. ft.)

Hiking Guide to the mountains of Yamagata Prefecture
TOGAMI-YAMA (TOKAMI-YAMA, Mt. Togami/ Tokami)

402m (1318 ft.)

Yozo-san: White Snakes, White Monkeys and Slimy Salamanders (Mt. Yozo)

703m (2306 ft.)

100 Famous Mountains of Yamagata
MURAYAMA TENGU-YAMA (Mt. Tengu (Murayama))

403m (1322 ft.)

Hiking Guide to the mountains of Yamagata Prefecture
SANKICHI-YAMA (Mt. Sankichi)

574m (1883 ft.)

100 Famous Mountains of Yamagata
SUISHO-ZAN (Mt. Suisho)

668m (2191 ft.)

Exploring The Yamabushi Trails of Kinbo-zan (Mt. Kinbo)

471m (1545 ft.)

Hiking Guide to the mountains of Yamagata Prefecture
Onigiri Rice Ball Mountain: CHITOSE-YAMA (Mt. Chitose)

471m (1545 ft.)

100 Famous Mountains of Yamagata
KASHIWAGI-YAMA (Mt. Kashiwagi)

58m (190. ft.)

Hiking Japan’s Forgotten Highway: Sabane-yama and Ushu-Kaido (Mt. Sabane)

160m (524. ft.)

Yura in Tsuruoka city seen from Mt. Arakura
Mountains of Sakura: Arakura-yama (Mt. Arakura)

307m (1007 ft.)

HALF-DAY HIKES IN YAMAGATA PREFECTURE

These hikes you can do in one morning or afternoon. A list of mountains with hikes in Yamagata Prefecture that take about less than 4-5 hours altogether.

Hiking Guide to the mountains of Yamagata Prefecture
The Shugendo Peak of OKITAMA TENGU-SAN

612m (2007 ft.)

Mt. Haguro's Five Story Pagoda
Why This Tiny Mountain MUST be on Your Japan Itinerary: Haguro-san

414m (1358 ft.)

Hiking Guide to the mountains of Yamagata Prefecture
Tri-Summit Mountain: AKIBA-SAN

561m (1840 ft.)

Venerable Old Man Mountain — The Mist and Mystery of Okina-san (Mt. Okina)

1075m (3526 ft.)

Abandoned Ski Field and Phantom Forest of Tsuchiyu-yama (Mt. Tsuchiyu)

577m (1893 ft.)

Panoramas and picnics under the Sakura: Kita-yama (Mt. Kitayama)

188m (616. ft.)

Mt. Yamuki (Yamuki-yama) in Shinjo City
The Medieval Castle and Mighty River of Yamuki-yama (Mt. Yamuki)

206m (675. ft.)

100 Famous Mountains of Yamagata
TAKATORI-YAMA (Mt. Takatori)

271m (889. ft.)

A Ryokan (traditional Japanese Inn) at Semi Onsen Hot Spring Resort
Turtles, Tigers, and a Legendary Japanese Character: Kamewari-yama (Mt. Kamewari)

594m (1948 ft.)

Mt. Yudono Shrine Gates during the autumn
The Dewa Sanzan’s Mountain of Rebirth: Yudono-san (Mt. Yudono)

1505m (4921. ft.)

100 Famous Mountains of Yamagata
MURAYAMA TENGU-YAMA (Mt. Tengu (Murayama))

403m (1322 ft.)

100 Famous Mountains of Yamagata
Dancing Swan Mountain: MAIZURU-YAMA (Mt. Maizuru)

242m (793. ft.)

Sanze village near Mt. Fujikura surrounded by green mountains and the blue Sea of Japan can be seen through the trees in the distance through the trees of Mt. Fujikura
Sanze’s Little Helper: Fantastic Fujikura-yama (Mt. Fujikura)

654m (2145 ft.)

100 Famous Mountains of Yamagata
KAGIKAKE-MORI (Mt. Kagikake)

838m (2749 ft.)

100 Famous Mountains of Yamagata
FUTATSU-MORI (Mt. Futatsumori)

742m (2434ft.)

100 Famous Mountains of Yamagata
RYUBA-SAN (Mt. Ryuba)

521m (1709 ft.)

Exploring The Yamabushi Trails of Kinbo-zan (Mt. Kinbo)

471m (1545 ft.)

Hiking Guide to the mountains of Yamagata Prefecture
KUMANO-YAMA

670m (2198 ft.)

100 Famous Mountains of Yamagata
OTAKANE-YAMA (Mt. Otakane)

543m (1781 ft.)

Hiking Guide to the mountains of Yamagata Prefecture
TOKUAMI-YAMA

788m (2585 ft.)

Mt. Chokai seen from Mt. Yonetaihei in the winter
Homer Simpson’s Heaven in North Japan: The Donut-shaped Yonetaihei-san (Mt. Yonetaihei)

206m (676 ft.)

100 Famous Mountains of Yamagata
SUISHO-ZAN (Mt. Suisho)

668m (2191 ft.)

Hiking Guide to the mountains of Yamagata Prefecture
Hyakkoku-yama

599m (1965 ft.)

Hiking Guide to the mountains of Yamagata Prefecture
Waterfall Mountain: RYU-ZAN (Mt. Ryu)

1362m (4468 ft.)

100 Famous Mountains of Yamagata
KAMURO-DAKE (Mt. Kamurodake)

1261m (4137 ft.)

100 Famous Mountains of Yamagata
OHIRA-YAMA (Mt. Ohira)

814m (2670 ft.)

Zao-san and Why We Climb Mountains (Mt. Zao)

1841m (6040 ft.) (Kumano-dake)

Hiking Guide to the mountains of Yamagata Prefecture
Phoenix Head Mountain: TORIKABUTO-YAMA (Mt. Torikabuto)

1387m (4550 ft.)

The Pyramids of… Japan? — Yakushi-san and The OG Japan content creator (Mt. Yakushi)

437m (1433 ft.)

The Autumn Leaves of Mount Taizo
The Epitome of Autumn Leaves in North Japan: Taizo-san (Mt. Taizo)

729m (2391 ft.)

Mt. Ubagatake in autumn
The Widow’s Peak: Ubaga-take (Mt. Ubagatake) of North Japan

1670m (5479 ft.)

Hiking Japan’s Forgotten Highway: Sabane-yama and Ushu-Kaido (Mt. Sabane)

160m (524. ft.)

100 Famous Mountains of Yamagata
Mountain of Intrigue: OMOSHIRO-YAMA (Mt. Omoshiroyama)

1264m (4146 ft.)

100 Famous Mountains of Yamagata
SHIRATAKA-YAMA (Mt. Shirataka)

994m (3261 ft.)

100 Famous Mountains of Yamagata
TODONO-SAN (Mt. Todono)

1203 (3946 ft.)

A Jizo statue at the top of Mt. Kyogakura in Sakata
Womb Passes and Monkey Crossings: Kyogakura-san “The Shugendo Peak of Sutras” (Mt. Kyogakura)

474m (1555 ft.)

Why this mountain is EVERYWHERE in Japan – Murayama Ha-yama (Mt. Hayama (Murayama))

1462m (4796 ft.)

Yura in Tsuruoka city seen from Mt. Arakura
Mountains of Sakura: Arakura-yama (Mt. Arakura)

307m (1007 ft.)

Yozo-san: White Snakes, White Monkeys and Slimy Salamanders (Mt. Yozo)

703m (2306 ft.)

FULL-DAY HIKES IN YAMAGATA PREFECTURE

Make sure you leave early for these ones! A list of mountains with hikes in Yamagata Prefecture that take about more than 4-5 hours altogether, some up to a whole day.

Mt. Maya seen from the distance
Mythical Beasts, Buddha’s Mother, and buried Yamabushi treasure? Welcome to Maya-san (Mt. Maya).

1019

Mt. Chokai
The Mt. Fuji of North Japan: Chokai-san (Mt. Chokai)

2236m (7335 ft.)

Hiking Guide to the mountains of Yamagata Prefecture
Phoenix Head Mountain: TORIKABUTO-YAMA (Mt. Torikabuto)

1387m (4550 ft.)

100 Famous Mountains of Yamagata
ODO-MORI (Mt. Odomori)

1057m (3467 ft.)

100 Famous Mountains of Yamagata
TARUISHI-YAMA (Mt. Taruishi)

1155m (3789 ft.)

Mt. Shogadake
Dancing in the Dawn Lilies: Shoga-dake and The Fuji of The North (Mt. Shoga-dake)

1635

100 Famous Mountains of Yamagata
YUNOSAWA-DAKE (Mt. Yunosawadake)

964m (3163 ft.)

Mt. Ubagatake in autumn
The Widow’s Peak: Ubaga-take (Mt. Ubagatake) of North Japan

1670m (5479 ft.)

100 Famous Mountains of Yamagata
TENGUSUMOTORI-YAMA (Mt. Tengusumotori)

1376m (4514 ft.)

The sun sets over the ninth station of Mt. Gassan
Gassan, the Dewa Sanzan’s “Mountain of Death” (Mt. Gassan)

1984

100 Famous Mountains of Yamagata
OKITAMA HA-YAMA (Mt. Hayama (Okitama))

1237m (4058 ft.)

Abandoned Ski Field and Phantom Forest of Tsuchiyu-yama (Mt. Tsuchiyu)

577m (1893 ft.)

Mother. Hunter. Mountain. Hokari-yama (Mt. Hokari)

751m (2463 ft.)

100 Famous Mountains of Yamagata
HIUCHI-DAKE (Mt. Hiuchi)

1238m (4061 ft.)

100 Famous Mountains of Yamagata
SHOJIGA-TAKE (Mt. Shojigatake)

1482m (4862 ft.)

100 Famous Mountains of Yamagata
HACHIMORI-YAMA (Mt. Hachimori)

1098m (3602 ft.)

100 Famous Mountains of Yamagata
KABU-YAMA (Mt. Kabu)

997m (3270 ft.)

100 Famous Mountains of Yamagata
KAMURO-SAN (Mt. Kamurosan)

1365m (4478 ft.)

100 Famous Mountains of Yamagata
MOKUZO-YAMA (Mt. Mokuzo)

1026m (3366 ft.)

100 Famous Mountains of Yamagata
KOMATA-YAMA (Mt. Komata)

1367m (4484 ft.)

100 Famous Mountains of Yamagata
TODONO-SAN (Mt. Todono)

1203 (3946 ft.)

Mt. Atsumi in Atsumi Onsen, a quaint Onsen Hot Spring town in Tsuruoka, Yamagata Prefecture
Reaching Peak Tranquility: Atsumi-dake (Mt. Atsumi)

736

Hiking Guide to the mountains of Yamagata Prefecture
Saw Mountain: GANDO-SAN (Mt. Gando)

1484m (4868 ft.)

Mt. Chokai seen from Mt. Yonetaihei in the winter
Homer Simpson’s Heaven in North Japan: The Donut-shaped Yonetaihei-san (Mt. Yonetaihei)

206m (676 ft.)

Hiking Guide to the mountains of Yamagata Prefecture
TOKUAMI-YAMA

788m (2585 ft.)

The Autumn Leaves of Mount Taizo
The Epitome of Autumn Leaves in North Japan: Taizo-san (Mt. Taizo)

729m (2391 ft.)

100 Famous Mountains of Yamagata
KOSHIKI-YAMA (Mt. Koshikiyama)

981m (3218 ft.)

Hiking Guide to the mountains of Yamagata Prefecture
Winter-only Wonderland: SHIROTARO-YAMA

1003m (3290 ft.)

100 Famous Mountains of Yamagata
GOSHO-ZAN (Mt. Gosho)

1500m (4921 ft.)

100 Famous Mountains of Yamagata
HIGASHIDAI-TEN (Mt. Higashidaiten)

1928m (6325 ft.)

100 Famous Mountains of Yamagata
YAMAGATA KAMURO-DAKE (Mt. Kamuro-dake (Yamagata))

1344m (4409 ft.)

100 Famous Mountains of Yamagata
Rainmaker Mountain: AMAYOBARI-YAMA (Mt. Amayobari)

906m (2972 ft.)

Mt. Yudono Shrine Gates during the autumn
The Dewa Sanzan’s Mountain of Rebirth: Yudono-san (Mt. Yudono)

1505m (4921. ft.)

KOSHIKI-DAKE (Mt. Koshikidake)

1016m (3333 ft.)

Why this mountain is EVERYWHERE in Japan – Murayama Ha-yama (Mt. Hayama (Murayama))

1462m (4796 ft.)

100 Famous Mountains of Yamagata
KUROBUSHI-YAMA (Mt. Kurobushi)

1227m (4025 ft.)

Yozo-san: White Snakes, White Monkeys and Slimy Salamanders (Mt. Yozo)

703m (2306 ft.)

Mt. Haguro's Five Story Pagoda
Why This Tiny Mountain MUST be on Your Japan Itinerary: Haguro-san

414m (1358 ft.)

100 Famous Mountains of Yamagata
Mountain of Intrigue: OMOSHIRO-YAMA (Mt. Omoshiroyama)

1264m (4146 ft.)

Hiking Guide to the mountains of Yamagata Prefecture
Tohoku’s Matterhorn: IWAIGAME-YAMA

1417m (4648 ft.)

Zao-san and Why We Climb Mountains (Mt. Zao)

1841m (6040 ft.) (Kumano-dake)

OVERNIGHT HIKES IN YAMAGATA PREFECTURE

For the serious hikers! A list of mountains with hikes in Yamagata Prefecture that you can spend a night on the mountain to complete.

100 Famous Mountains of Yamagata
IDE-SAN (Mt. Ide)

2105m (6906 ft.)

100 Famous Mountains of Yamagata
ITO-DAKE (Mt. Ito)

1772m (5813 ft.)

The sun sets over the ninth station of Mt. Gassan
Gassan, the Dewa Sanzan’s “Mountain of Death” (Mt. Gassan)

1984

100 Famous Mountains of Yamagata
OASAHI-DAKE (Mt. Oasahi)

1871m (6138 ft.)

Mountains of Yamagata by category

Why I’m Hiking the 100 Famous Mountains Of Yamagata
Mountains in Yamagata by Hiking Time
Mountain Ranges in Yamagata Prefecture
Mountains by Region in Yamagata Prefecture
Mountains Famous for Winter Hikes in Yamagata Prefecture
All 100 Famous Mountains of Yamagata
Mountains Famous for Volcanoes in Yamagata Prefecture
Mountains Famous for Waterfalls in Yamagata Prefecture
Mountains Famous for Shugendo Yamabushi in Yamagata Prefecture
Mountains famous for wetlands in Yamagata Prefecture
A Ryokan (traditional Japanese Inn) at Semi Onsen Hot Spring Resort
Mountains Famous for Onsen Hot Springs in Yamagata Prefecture
Mountains famous for flora and fauna in Yamagata Prefecture
Mountains with Abandoned Buildings and Old Ruins in Yamagata Prefecture
Mountains Along Ancient Routes of Yamagata Prefecture
Mountains Famous for Castles in Yamagata Prefecture

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