Happo One and Karamatsu Dake
Photo by Peter Skov
|Best months for climbing:||Jul, Aug, Sep|
|Nearest major airport:||Narita International, Kansai International|
Thanks to Peter Skov for adding this peak.
Happo One (pronounced Oh-Ne with a short e sound like net) is a long mountain trunk extending down from Karamatsu Dake to Hakuba Village. At its toe is a popular ski area and the large ski jump was used in the 1998 Olympics. Ski lifts can take you up to about 1,850 metres where there is a refuge. From there it is a long fairly easy hike up to the higher elevations, alternating between short steep climbs up log stairways and an almost level path to Happo Ike, a small pond with a splendid view of the mountains of the Hakuba Sanzan (see Shirouma Dake entry). The trail climbs through a grove of alpine birch known as dakekanba and offers views of a series of knife-edged peaks called Kaerazuno Ken - the sword of no turning back, as well as views to Goryu Dake and Kashima Yarigatake. Happo One reaches up to Karamatsu Dake which connects the routes south to Goryu and north to Shirouma. It is popular with back country snowshoers, skiers and snowboarders in winter because of the relatively easy climb to higher ground, great powder skiing and superb mountain photography.
Thanks to Peter Skov for this description.