Ascent of Norikura-dake on 2019-10-02
|Date:||Wednesday, October 2, 2019|
|Ascent Type:||Successful Summit Attained|
| Elevation:||9928 ft / 3026 m|
Ascent Trip ReportNorikura Kanko Center Lat 36.12176 Lon 137.62494 is probably the most convenient place to catch the bus to the trailhead. The road from E (Matsumoto direction) is closed to cars at 1800m, Lat 36.11367 Lon 137.59666, Sanbon-daki Falls bus stop, where we encounter a barrier and leave our car - free parking. We catch the first bus: runs hourly from 0715 until 1415, quite expensive ¥2500 return, to Tatamidaira bus terminal, 2700m Lat 36.12484 Lon 137.55421, 30 minutes journey. Else a 1400m ascent mostly on road. It's convenient to get off one stop before the terminal, at the 2716m road pass Lat 36.12402 Lon 137.55837, at the start of the Fujimi-dake path.
From Tatamidaira it's an easy walk to the summit, with the bonus Fujimi-dake 2818m P43 en route (Marishiten-dake 2872 P94 not visited, has 2 summits of which the southernmost including its access road is out of bounds). Good views including Hotake-dake which we climbed a fortnight ago. Not quite clear enough to see Fuji.
An alternative start/finish point is Kata-no-goya-guchi bus stop NE of the summit, Lat 36.11475 Lon 137.55940: we descended to here from the hut, in good time for the 1009 bus back down, after a 2 hour circuit. Many photographers along road admiring the autumn foliage, yellow orange red a fine show.
I leave Pete Ellis in Matsumoto: many thanks for company and a lot of help with driving. I meet Tsutomo Yoshihara at the rail station and we head north, hoping to catch Nishi-Azuma-yama before this nice weather breaks.
|Summary Total Data|
| Total Elevation Gain:||1017 ft / 309 m|
| Route Conditions:||Road Hike, Maintained Trail|
| Gain on way in:||1017 ft / 309 m|
| Distance:||3.1 mi / 5 km|
| Start Trailhead:||8911 ft / 2716 m|
|GPS Data for Ascent/Trip|
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