Photo by Peter Skov
|Best months for climbing:||Jun, Jul, Aug, Sep, Oct|
|Nearest major airport:||Narita, Kansai|
|Convenient Center:||Shizuoka City|
Thanks to Peter Skov for adding this peak.
Japan’s seventh highest mountain, Akaishidake (3,120m) is one of the three great mountains in the southern part of the South Alps, also known as the Akaishi Range. The name means “Red Stone” and was given to the mountain because of the high quantities of reddish chert found on and around the mountain.
Akaishidake also holds the distinction of being the most southern point where glaciation during the ice age occurred in Japan. There are two small cirques on the east face of the mountain and what appears to be a larger one on the west face (though I haven’t confirmed the western cirque yet).
The original route established by climbers over 100 years ago is from Koshibukawa in Nagano, and it takes about 10 hours to reach the hut at the summit, though there is a lodge partway up where most people using this route make their first night. Another route climbs up from the lodge at Sawarajima (another very long hike) and Akaishi can be accessed from either of its two large neighbours, Hijiridake and Arakawadake.
Below the summit on the east side, there’s Fujimidaira, a flattish spot on a ridge that offers a great view of Mt. Fuji, as well as Arakawa, Hijiri, and other peaks further south in the South Alps.
Akaishidake is a Nihon Hyakumeizan (100 Famous Mountains of Japan) and was also climbed by the famous British reverend, Walter Weston, considered to be by many the father of mountaineering in Japan.
Thanks to Peter Skov for this description.