Kurt Bell

A life of courage, joy and independence.

Nice Japan day hike

Getting Lost on the Road to Yui 04Are you planning to visit Japan with an interest in hiking? If so, then here’s a plan which might be fun for anyone travelling in the central east coast region of the main island of Honshu. You’ll need to make your way to Shizuoka city for a day or two to enjoy this adventure.

If you are planning to rent a car while you are in Shizuoka then please feel free to contact me (softypapa@gmail.com) and I’ll give you directions to the area where I normally hike. If you’re not planning to rent a car then I would recommend climbing Mt. Ryuso which you can actually do from within the city limits. The Ryuso hike can be either a half day, moderate difficulty (20 kilometers roughly) hike or a full day, very hard (35+ kilometers) over very steep and rarely traveled trails. To climb Mt. Ryuso you simply need to find your way to Sengen shrine and then look for the start of the hiking trail (long, steep steps next to the main shrine building). Just ask a priest if you are not sure. Once you are on the trail you just need to keep going until you either reach the top of Mt. Ryuso or decide to turn back. I’d recommend starting before dawn if you seriously want to reach the summit. It’s a tough and potentially dangerous route after you pass the big highway as the mountains beyond are prone to landslide and home to boar, bear and dangerous giant hornets (these last are a danger during the warm months only).

Below are two sets of Google Maps coordinates which should help plus a video I made showing an alternate hike route to the top. The route in the video is different from the one I am suggesting as it is only practical if you have a bicycle or car to reach the entrance.

The summit of Mt. Ryuso: 35.087643,138.402669
Sengen shrine: 34.983676,138.375966
As for hotels, I recommend the following which has proven a good, clean and reasonable stay in the heart of Shizuoka.
Shizuoka Town Hotel
This hotel is very convenient to everything and within walking distance (15 minutes) of the Ryuso trail head. It is also across the street from the Beer and a Bronx Cheer restaurant which is the JVLOG hangout here in Shizuoka.
Beer and a Bronx Cheer
I hope that this info is helpful to you. Please let me know if you are planning to rent a car and I can give you more information regarding access to the deep mountains. Have fun and be safe while climbing!
Kurt 🙂

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