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Hakusan Hirasedo (Nagano)


Hakusan volcano hike
 

Hakusan 2702m is a sacred volcano in Nagano prefecture. The Hirasedo trailhead (from Gifu) is not very busy and closer to Nagoya. It also has an incredibly blue dam lake at the bottm and an open-air onsen next to it. While I prefer this trailhead the access road is often closed, so make sure it's open before you drive out there.

 
Mount Hakusan hike
		
⏲︎	Time: 7-8hKanji: 白山Location: NaganoDistance: 15.5kmDifficulty: IntermediateElevation Gain: 1637mDayhikeHiking Season: mid July
	to mid October
				

Access

Car

The access road for the Hirasedo trailhead is closed for most of the year, and usually only open in July and August. Even then, it's closed depending on weather and after rain due to frequent rockfall, etc. Check their website beforehand and be prepared for sudden closure. If it's open though, this area is incredibly beautiful, and Hakusui lake and onsen alone are worth the drive.


Public Transportation

If you want to use public transportion you need to start from the Bettodeai trailhead and Ishikawa side.


Trail description

It takes about 1:30min to Mt. Okura shelter where you could also stay overnight. From there it's another hour to Hakusan Murodo, the big visitor center and hut just below the summit. There are toilets, restaurant, snacks etc.

After another 50min we made it to the peak and looped around the plateau. Weather wasn't great and we were in the clouds for most of it.

The plateau around the peak has lots of little ponds and volcanic rock that is interesting to look at. Then it's back down the same way and don't forget to stop by the onsen. There is also a waterfall a 10min walk from the road if you finish early.


Accomodation

Mt. Okura Shelter: No toilet or water

Hakusan Murodo: 11.300¥ incl 2 meals. Reservation required

Hakusan Forest Campsite (at the trailhead). Reservation required.

Oshirakawa Onsen : 500¥ per person (pay in the little cafe/house)


Elevation Profile & Map



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