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Daisen, Daisen-cho

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  • This was actually my second visit to Mt. Daisen. The first time was in fall when I climbed to the top so I could enjoy the lush autumnal colors along the way, this time I didn't climb the mountain...  more »
  • The trip in the Daisen was really great. Although it was slippery to climb the steps in the snow, the different experience deepened the impression of the trip. I took pictures with Daisen in Flower...  more »
  • Great hike took us just over 2 hours to get to the top took the Natsuyama Trial up and the Motodani Valley trail down. The trail is very steep but well marked. Unfortunately it was quite foggy at the top but the midpoint view and temples in the way down made it very worth it!
  • The highest point in the Chugoku region of Japan. Not very high@ 1710 meters but the elevation change of nearly 1000 meters and very few flat areas makes this climb strenuous. There is a never ending set of stairs/rocks until the view opens up around 1600 meter mark and from there you gradually walk up to the summit on a wooden board (you cannot get off the board as it is a protected area). I did the climb on a dog day summer afternoon and the summit was still crowded. The actual summit (1729 meters) is closed for the regular visitors because it is a very dangerous walk on a very thin ridge barely the width of your shoulders. The more adventurous people take the back side route but I wouldn't advise it and you would be crazy to even think of attempting it alone. (check Youtube for videos) It took me 3 hours to reach the summit but I can do the same route on a cooler day in 2.5 hours. The descent took me 2 hours. Carry lots of water in Summers or get ready to shell out lots of Yens for water at the hut on top. No toilets between the parking lot and summit. If you prefer clean toilets, do your thing in the toilets of the parking lot. Like most mountains in Japan, there were a lot of a over prepared trekkers but I would suggest keeping things as light as possible especially in Summers. I come from a very hot place but even I was surprised by the profuse sweating that I experienced. I would recommend this hike but please get there early because the parking lots near the trail are usually full by 0700AM after which you have to park quite far from the trail (add another 40-50 minutes to the time).
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