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Kasagatake (Gifu)

Mount Kasagadake hike

Kasagadake 2897m is a strenuous and scenic hike in Gifu. If you want a physical challenge, this is the hike for you. It also has amazing views of the Hida Ridge and it's well worth the effort.

The trail starts from Shinhotaka Onsen and is easy to access by public transportation. It's also a good starting point for a longer multi day hike along the ridge to Yarigatake and then to Kamikochi.


⏲︎	Time: 13h
Kanji: 笠ヶ岳
⚲ 	Location: Nagano
	Distance: 20km
	Difficulty: Difficult
	Elevation Gain: 2187m
	Hiking Season: July 
	to mid October

mount kasagadake peak



There is free parking but unless you come really early it usually fills up quickly. In that case you can park at Shinhodaka ropeway (600¥ for 6h).

Public transportation

Take the bus to Shinhotaka ropeway from Takayama/Matsumoto or Hirayu Onsen.

Trail description

Day 1: 6:22min, 10km, 1980m elevation gain

Start from the ropeway and cross the river. You'll walk along the river for a while and it's flat until you get to a spring. This is also the last water source.

From there it's uphill through the forest.

Once you get out from the forest you'll have some nice views of the Hida ridge. We started pretty late and this part was unbearable because of the heat. If you go in summer definitely start early. Also the trail has a lot of loose boulders and you have to be careful where you step.

The last bit is along the ridgeline to the hut. It's very scenic with beautoful views. In total it took us 6:30h to the hut. From the hut it's another 15min to the peak. Definitely go up for sunset and sunrise if the weather is clear.

All together the elevation gain is almost 2000m, so be ready for a serious workout.

Day 2: 6:15min, 10km, 274m up, 1980m down

Not very eventful, you go down the same way you came up. Since it's a lot of elevation you have to go up and down in two days be careful with your knees and bring hiking poles to take off some of the weight. Those will also help on the unstable boulders.

After you get back to Shinhotaka you can have some food in the ropeway building and shower/relax at an Onsen. Hirayunomori is big and tattoo friendly.


Kasagatake Sanso: 14.000¥ incl 2 meals. Tent 1500¥ per person

Reservation required.

Come early if you plan on staying in a tent, much of the tent field is on a slope and it was very busy. If you come late you might not be able to get a flat spot.

Elevation Profile & Map



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