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Ascent of Norikura-dake on 2019-10-02

Climber: Rob Woodall

Date:Wednesday, October 2, 2019
Ascent Type:Successful Summit Attained
Peak:Norikura-dake
    Location:Japan
    Elevation:9928 ft / 3026 m

Ascent Trip Report

Norikura 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
Ascent Statistics
    Gain on way in:1017 ft / 309 m
    Distance:3.1 mi / 5 km
    Start Trailhead:8911 ft / 2716 m
Descent Statistics
GPS Data for Ascent/Trip


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