HAKUSAN TEDORIGAWA GEOPARKHAKUSAN TEDORIGAWA GEOPARK

AREAS AND SIGHT

Mountain and Snow Area

Mt. Hakusan (Hiking, Nature, National Park)

Hakusan

geo site

  • image
  • image
  • image
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 on the Sabo-shindo Trail, and returning along the Eco-Line route. There are also various smaller walking trails scattered across the mountain, which give 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 (intermediate) 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 on weekends and public holidays. 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 800 yen one way. See bus information 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 hiking season of 2022.
Buses will be running from Matto Station and to Bettou-deai / Kanazawa Station to Ichinose during July, August, September and October. See the below PDF for detailed information on these services.

Mt. Hakusan Hiking Bus Schedule and Fares (PDF): 0.3MB


Accommodation
The following accomodation facilities are available on Mt. Hakusan. Reservations must be made in advance.
  • Hakusan Murodo Lodge.
This is one of the closest accommodations to the summit. It is a communal sleeping quarters shared with other hikers. Reservations must be made by phone. Snacks, drinks, and beer are available for purchase (cash only). Accommodation fee must be paid in cash upon check-in. More information here (Automatic English translation available).
Price: (as of June 2022)
  Bed only: 8,200 yen (adults), 5,300 yen (children)
  Bed with 2 meals: 11,300 yen (adult), 8,400 yen (children)
  Food:
   Breakfast 1,200 yen
   Dinner 1,900 yen
   Takeout lunch: 1,200 yen

  • Hakusan Raicho-so Hut.
This is one of the closest accommodations to the summit. It has private rooms for small groups. Reservations must be made by phone. Snacks, drinks, and beer are available for purchase (cash only). An advanced security payment of 10,000 yen must be paid via bank transfer at least one week before the reservation. More information here (Automatic English translation available).
Price: (as of June 2022)
  3-person room with 2 meals each: 42,500 yen
  4-person room with 2 meals each: 56,000 yen

  • 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, private cabins, and camping grounds. Snacks, drinks, and beer are available for purchase (cash only). Accommodation fee must be paid in cash upon check-in. Reservations must be made by phone. More information here (Japanese).
Price: (as of June 2022)
  Bed only: 8,000 yen (adults), 5,300 yen (children)
  Bed with 2 meals: 11,100 yen (adult), 8,400 yen (children)
  Food:
   Breakfast 1,200 yen
   Dinner 1,900 yen
   Takeout lunch: 1,100 yen
  Cabins (up to 5 people): 14,000 yen (food not included)
  Campsite: 800 yen per person (food not included)

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
  • Accommodation 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
Android: Google Play
iOS: Apple Store