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Mt. Hakusan (Hiking, Nature, National Park)
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.
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.
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 500 yen one-way for adults, and 250 yen for children).
Outside of peak season, climbers can park at at the Betto Deai Center. However, access is completely closed during winter.
The following information may be subject to change. Please confirm with the operating company for up-to-date information. Matto to/from Ichinose:
Buses run from Matto Station to Ichinose at 6.30am on weekends and public holidays during the peak climbing season (July to October). The cost, one-way, is 2,200 yen for adults, and 1,100 yen for children. The return bus runs from Ichinose at 12.30pm, 5pm, and 5.30pm. The route takes about 1 hour 45 minutes. Ichinose to/from Bettou-deai:
A shuttle bus runs between Ichinose and Bettou-deai every 20-30 minutes on weekends and public holidays during the peak climbing season. The bus to Bettou-deai runs from 5am until 3.30pm on weekends and public holidays. The bus from Bettou-deai runs from 9.30am until 5pm on weekends and public holidays, and from 9.30am to 3.30pm on the day following a weekend or public holiday. The fare is 500 yen for adults one-way, and 250 yen for children. Kanazawa to/from Ichinose:
A bus is expected to run from Kanazawa Station from the year 2021. More information coming soon.
Outside of the peak season there are no regular buses.
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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