Mt. Yari-gatake Difficult Location Detailed Route Guide – The Spearhead –
The peak of Mt. Yari-gatake detailed route guide
The climb from Yari-gatake-sanso mountain hut to the peak of Mt. Yari-gatake is decidedly difficult, but there are strong and sturdy chains and ladders attached to the mountain along the way at key points to ensure safety. Every year, you see parents with their elementary school aged children climbing this area. However, saying that is not meant to be interpreted as a guarantee of your safety in any way.
You should refrain from attempting the summit on days or times when the weather is bad, when you don’t feel well, or when your desire to climb is not at 100%. If something should happen, it would be an enormous burden on other climbers, the staff at the mountain hut, and the mountain rescue team. Keep your alcohol intake the night before to a minimum as the damage to your body from drinking at a high altitude is much worse than at sea level.
Everyone wants to see the dawn from the summit the next morning, which is why there will be a traffic jam at the chains and ladders just before dawn. Try and adjust your departure to avoid the crowds.
Yari-gatake-sanso hut stands on the shoulder of the peak at an elevation of 3,080 meters. The summit is only another 100 meters higher, but both the ascent and descent are entirely covered in rocky terrain. It takes about an hour roundtrip to the summit and back to the hut. The ascending and descending routes are separated for the most part, so there are very few places you need to be careful about people passing in the opposite direction.
Detailed route writer<
Shinji Nakata, Mountain writer, Mountain walker
Born in Matsumoto city, Nagano prefecture. After working for a publishing company, he became a mountain walker and as of December 2021, he has left his mark on more than 3,300 Japanese and mountains abroad. He has written many books on mountain guiding.
Director of The Japan Alps Guide Center
Spearhead full particulars
We will travel from the Yari-gatake-sanso mountain hut to the base of the spearhead summit. This is where the ascending and descending routes diverge. First, once you climb past the rocks, you will go around and climb while following the arrows. You will need to grab rocks, hold onto the chains, and climb ladders, so make sure you always have both hands available to use. Do not make the mistake of bringing trekking poles with you for the climb.
Spearhead Detailed route guide