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AREAS AND SIGHT

Mountain and Snow Area

Mt. Hakusan (Hiking, Nature, National Park)

Hakusan

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Mt. Hakusan has a long religious history, being the pilgrimage destination for monks since the early 700s. Nowadays it is a popular hiking destination for people of all ages, from school children and families, to elderly hikers. There are many hiking courses to the summit, starting from within Ishikawa, Fukui and Gifu Prefectures. The most popular course is a two-day trip, starting at the Betto Suspension Bridge and hiking via the Kuroboko-iwa Rock, and returning along the Eco-Line route. There are also various smaller walking trails scattered across the mountain, which gives access to various alpine flowers and trees. For more experienced hikers, several long trails are also available.

Depending on weather conditions, the most popular route (Sabo-shindo Trail) to the mountain can be accessed from the Betto Suspension Bridge from approximately April / May through to October / November via the Betto Deai Center. Hikers can stay at several mountain lodges and camping grounds scattered near the summit. Late July is the best time to see alpine flowers in bloom. September is the best time to see autumn foliage. Mid-August is the most popular time to climb due to summer holidays. Lodges often become fully booked during this time, so book in advance!

Mt Hakusan is a potentially active volcano. For your safety, if choosing to climb Mt Hakusan, you must submit a Tozantodoke “Intention to Climb” form before you climb, and submit it at the start of the trail (a submission box is available at the Bettou Deai Center and Ichinose Visitor Center). You may be fined if you do not. If you need help, you can ask the staff at the Ichinose Visitor Center reception desk.

Access

Ishikawa's most popular climbing routes - the Sabo-shindo (easy - intermediate) and Kanko-shindo (hard) trails - are accessible via the Betto Deai Center. There are also various (and much longer) trails available from the Ichinose Visitor Center, and also from Chugu Onsen - however these are for experienced hikers and can take several days. The following information concerns access to/from the Betto Deai Center.


Access by Car

Peak climbing season is mid July to mid October. During this time access to the Betto Deai Center is closed to private vehicles. Climbers must park at the Ichinose Visitor Center, and catch a shuttle bus to the Betto Deai Center (parking is free however the bus costs money. See "Ichinose to Bettou-deai Shuttle Bus" below).
Outside of peak season, climbers can park at at the Betto Deai Center. However, access is completely closed during winter and heavy rain.


Access by Bus

The following information is for the year 2021, and may be subject to change. Please confirm with the operating company for up-to-date information. Reservations are not required for any of the following buses. Outside of the peak season there are no regular buses. Information for upcoming years will be added when available.

The bus timetable is scheduled assuming that hikers will stay for at least one night. One-day return hiking is not recommended, however is possible. Please ensure that you allow sufficient time to catch the return bus. The road may be closed, and buses may not run during bad weather. Please check the weather forecast in advance and cancel plans in the event of heavy rain or thunderstorms.

Matto to Ichinose:
Operating Company: Map (TEL: 076 249 7300)
Location:
  • Departs from the south side of JR Matto Station. Signs will be posted in Japanese and English.
Departure times (trip takes approx. 1 hour 40 mins):
  • 5.00am
  • 7.30am
  • 1.00pm
Running dates:
  • July: 10, 11, 17, 18, 22, 23, 24, 25, 30, 31
  • August: 1, 6, 7, 8, 9, 13, 14, 15, 21, 22, 28, 29
  • September: 4, 5, 11, 12, 18, 19, 20, 23, 24, 25, 26
  • October: 2, 3, 9, 10
*The bus runs on weekends and public holidays. A free 24 hour parking ticket can be received for use at the Matto Station South Multistory Parking
Cost (one way):
  • Adults: 2,200 yen
  • Children: 1,100 yen (elementary school and lower)

Kanazawa Station to Ichinose
Operating Company: Hokutetsu Railroad (TEL: 076 272 1120)
Stops:
  • Kanazawa Station East Exit, Platform 1 bus stop.
  • Front of the Hakusan City Hall Tsurugi Branch Office
  • Roadside Station Sena
  • Shiramine
  • Shiramine Bus Terminal
  • Ichinose
Departure dates and times (trip takes approx. 2 hour 10 mins):
  • July 10, 11
6:30am (Kanazawa) → 7:06am (Tsurugi) → 7:45 (Sena) → 8.03 (Shiramine) → 8:06 (Shiramine Terminal) → 8:40 (Ichinose)
  • July 17, 18, 22, 23, 24, 25, 30, 31
  • August 1, 6, 7, 8, 9
6:00am (Kanazawa) → 6:36am (Tsurugi) → 7:15 (Sena) → 7.33 (Shiramine) → 7:36 (Shiramine Terminal) → 8:10 (Ichinose)
6:30am (Kanazawa) → 6:36am (Tsurugi) → 7:15 (Sena) → 7.33 (Shiramine) → 7:36 (Shiramine Terminal) → 8:10 (Ichinose)
  • August 13, 14, 15, 21, 22, 28, 29
  • September 4, 5, 11, 12, 20, 23, 24, 25, 26
  • October 2, 3, 9, 10
6:30am (Kanazawa) → 6:36am (Tsurugi) → 7:15 (Sena) → 7.33 (Shiramine) → 7:36 (Shiramine Terminal) → 8:10 (Ichinose)
Cost (one way):
  • Kanazawa – Shiramine: 1,320 yen
  • Kanazawa – Ichinose: 2,100 yen
  • Tsurugi – Ichinose: 1,630 yen
  • Sena – Ichinose: 1,220 yen
  • Shiramine – Ichinose: 810 yen

Ichinose to Bettou-deai Shuttle Bus:
Operating Company: Hokuriku Railroad (TEL: 076 237 5115)
Location:
  • Departs from the front of the Ichinose Visitor Center.
Departure time:
  • Every 20 mins from 5.00am to 3.30pm
Running dates:
  • July: 10, 11, 17, 18, 22, 23, 24, 25, 30, 31
  • August: 1, 6, 7, 8, 9, 13, 14, 15, 21, 22, 28, 29
  • September: 4, 5, 11, 12, 18, 19, 20, 23, 24, 25, 26
  • October: 2, 3, 9, 10
*The shuttle bus runs on weekends and public holidays.
Cost (one way):
  • Adults: 800 yen
  • Children: 400 yen (elementary school and lower)

(Return) Bettou-deai to Ichinose Shuttle Bus:
Operating Company: Hokuriku Railroad (TEL: 076 237 5115)
Location:
  • Departs from in front of the Betto Deai Center
Departure time:
  • Every 20 mins from 9.30am to 5.00pm
Running dates:
  • July: 10, 11, 17, 18, 22, 23, 24, 25, 30, 31
  • August: 1, 6, 7, 8, 9, 13, 14, 15, 21, 22, 28, 29
  • September: 4, 5, 11, 12, 18, 19, 20, 23, 24, 25, 26
  • October: 2, 3, 9, 10
Departure time (limited schedule):
  • Every 30 mins from 9.30am to 5.00pm
Running dates (limited schedule):
  • July: 12, 19, 26
  • August: 2, 10, 16, 23, 30
  • September: 6, 13, 21, 27
  • October: 4, 11
*The shuttle bus runs on weekends and public holidays, and the return shuttle bus also runs a limited schedule on the day that follows the weekend/public holiday.
Cost (one way):
  • Adults: 800 yen
  • Children: 400 yen (elementary school and lower)

(Return) Ichinose to Matto
Operating Company: Map (TEL: 076 249 7300)
Location:
  • Departs from the front of the Ichinose Visitor Center.
Departure times (trip takes approx. 1 hour 40 mins):
  • 10.30am
  • 3.30pm
  • 5.30pm
Running dates:
  • July: 10 - 12, 17 - 19, 22 - 26, 30, 31
  • August: 1, 2, 6 - 10, 13 - 16, 21 - 23, 28 - 30
  • September: 4 - 6, 11 - 13, 18 - 21, 23 - 27
  • October: 2 - 4, 9 - 11
*The return bus (Ichinose to Matto) runs on weekends and public holidays, and also the day that follows the weekend/public holiday.
Cost (one way):
  • Adults: 2,200 yen
  • Children: 1,100 yen (elementary school and lower)

(Return) Ichinose to Kanazawa Station
Operating Company: Hokutetsu Railroad (TEL: 076 272 1120)
Stops:
  • Ichinose
  • Shiramine Bus Terminal
  • Shiramine
  • Roadside Station Sena
  • Front of the Hakusan City Hall Tsurugi Branch Office
  • Kanazawa Station East Exit.
Departure dates and times (trip takes approx. 2 hour 10 mins):
  • July 11, 12
13:30am (Ichinose) → 13:53am (Shiramine Terminal) → 13:55 (Shiramine) → 14:13 (Sena) → 14:46 (Tsurugi) → 15:50 (Kanazawa)
  • July 18, 19, 23, 24, 25, 26, 31
  • August 1, 2, 7, 8, 9, 10
12:30am (Ichinose) → 12:53am (Shiramine Terminal) → 12:55 (Shiramine) → 13:13 (Sena) → 13:46 (Tsurugi) → 14:50 (Kanazawa)
13:30am (Ichinose) → 13:53am (Shiramine Terminal) → 13:55 (Shiramine) → 14:13 (Sena) → 14:46 (Tsurugi) → 15:50 (Kanazawa)
  • August 14, 15, 16, 22, 23, 29, 30
  • September 5, 6, 12, 13, 19, 20, 21, 24, 25, 26, 27
  • October 3, 4, 10, 11
13:30am (Ichinose) → 13:53am (Shiramine Terminal) → 13:55 (Shiramine) → 14:13 (Sena) → 14:46 (Tsurugi) → 15:50 (Kanazawa)
Cost (one way):
  • Kanazawa – Shiramine: 1,320 yen
  • Kanazawa – Ichinose: 2,100 yen
  • Tsurugi – Ichinose: 1,630 yen
  • Sena – Ichinose: 1,220 yen
  • Shiramine – Ichinose: 810 yen


Accomodation
The following accomodation facilities are available on Mt. Hakusan. Reservations must be made in advance.
  • Hakusan Murodo Lodge.
This is one of the closest accomodations to the summit. It is a communal sleeping quarters shared with other hikers. Reservations must be made by phone. More information here (Japanese).
  • Hakusan Raicho-so Hut.
This is one of the closest accomodations to the summit. It has private rooms for small groups. Reservations must be made by phone. More information here (Japanese).
  • Nanryu Sansou Lodge / Nanryu ga Bamba Cabins and Campsite
Located between the summit of Mt. Hakusan and Mt. Bessan. The Lodge has communal sleeping quarters. Cabins are private. Reservations must be made by phone. More information here (Japanese).

If unable to speak Japanese
Those unable to speak Japanese can email their reservation request to the following email address: hakusan1(at mark)po.incl.ne.jp
Please be aware that you must wait for a reply before the booking is considered complete. This may take a few days.
Required information:
  • Name
  • Accomodation facility where you wish to stay, and whether or not you require meals
  • Your residential address in Japan (no foreign residents allowed currently due to coronavirus. Non-Japanese living in Japan are welcome)
  • Date of reservation
  • Number of people staying



INFORMATION

Free Hiking Trail App
The Hakusan Tedorigawa Geopark section of the Geoparks Japan app includes a hiking trail map for Mt. Hakusan. This includes every hiking trail on Mt. Hakusan, and using GPS indicates your location on the map. It also includes important information such as elevation, the location of toilets and water, as well as interesting information on sites along the way. If you're hiking Mt. Hakusan, this app is sure to make your trip safer and more enjoyable.
More information here
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