Our planned route in red highlight, top to bottom. Mt. Yarigatake circled.
Arriving by train, we find a few like minded hikers on Friday night.
All the comforts of home on the night bus!
Last few miles wind narrowly, ever upward.
At 5:15am we have no lack of company.
Filing itinerary in advance, required safety protocol.
Starting at 1462m. Photo: Satoru Tamada
The trail wastes no time in gaining elevation.
Tree roots hold the trail with bamboo on each side.
First glimpse of the ridgeline.
After two hours of relentless up, a glimpse of our starting point below.
Distances back and up.
10 minutes to first lodge.
First lodge is known for...watermelon!
Supplies prepared for hauling...
Looks like via cable car.
With all the flowers are great numbers of pollinators.
Moving out of the forest, into the bigger rocks.