Yatsugatake is a group of volcanoes straddling the western side of the Kanto region of Japan between Yamanashi and Nagano prefectures, with the highest peak at 2,899 meters above sea level, and is one of the famous tourist destinations in Japan. It consists of eight peaks, including the highest peaks, Akadake, Chugadake, Sugawadake, Amitadake, and Yokadake, hence the name.
Yatsugatake is one of the 100 most famous volcanoes in Japan and has also been selected as one of Japan’s geological white spots, making it a popular destination for tourists. Many alpine plants grow in the Yatsugatake area, and every summer, especially from late June to late August, when various plants are in full bloom and wildflowers are blooming all over the mountain slopes, it is very beautiful and there are many visitors who come here to see the scenery.
In winter, the peaks of Yatsugatake are covered with snow, and everywhere is covered in silver. When the weather warms up, the snow melts and penetrates into the ground, and soon clear water gushes out, which was designated by the Environment Agency as one of the “Hundred Famous Waters of Japan” in 1985.
Yatsugatake is also an excellent place for astronomical observation, and it is said that some people have seen the aurora borealis in this area, which is amazing. In recent years, the management of Mt. Yatsugatake has introduced the idea of a magnificent natural landscape with artificial high-tech images, and is planning to add artificial scenery to Mt. Yatsugatake to attract more foreign tourists.
How to get there
Yatsugatake is well served by public transportation such as railroads and buses, making it easy to reach the trailheads. Many trailheads have parking lots, making it very convenient for those coming by car.
Recent temperatures around 2,500m elevation range from a low of -20°C to -11°C and a high of -13°C to -7°C.
After a period of warm weather for a while, the cold winter weather has returned and fresh snow has accumulated over the past week. Although the amount of snowfall is not as heavy as in previous years, recent snowfall has been about 60 cm at an elevation of 2,400 m, and more than 1 m in blowdown areas. (Snow conditions on the trails change daily, so please check the latest information on your own before entering the mountain.) ) The cold weather is expected to continue in February and beyond, so please make sure to take all possible measures to protect yourself from the cold.