Mt. Ishizuchi

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Ermainator
Hong Kong, China216 contributions
Couples
We climbed from the car park (455m) to the top (1982m) and half way down to the cable car station (1300m) and the whole trip took us 6 hours including rest stop. Honestly, we were a bit rush as the last cable car ride back down was at 5pm. If you are not regular hard core hikers, I would suggest you to take the cable car up as the section going up to the peak is a killing already. The view at the top is amazing and you can even climb the dog tooth rock near the peak. We picked the second chain to climb as we were told that one was the easiest. Since we went before the official opening of the mountain, all shops along the trail (except those at 1400m and the one at the peak) are closed so please bring enough food and water. The trail from the car park to the first shrine at 1400m is a bit tricky but nice.
Written July 13, 2014
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Sue S
Irvine, CA13 contributions
Couples
Don't let the distance/elevation gain (10 miles/3,000 ft.) fool you. This is NOT a super-easy hike. It's made difficult mainly by the four sections where one must use chains to ascend (you may take longer routes to circumvent them, of course, but where's the fun in THAT?). Surprisingly, the first one (called the "trial" chains) is the most difficult of them all (especially since one must descend on the other side using chains as well). After that, it gets easier -- and shorter.
Mt. Ishizuchi, btw, is the collective term for the peaks at the end. Miyama, on which the shrine stands, is the one that most people end their hikes at. If you are a thrill-seeker or love "devil's backbone-type" hikes, however, you should go all the way to Tengu-dake (or even beyond), if only for the great photo op!
Plan ahead before you start, btw, for the bus that goes to the trailhead only leaves once every hour (AND it's a one-hour bus ride).
Written June 8, 2017
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PaniLisi
Eugene, Oregon9 contributions
Friends
All the maps on for hiking the mountain have the distance listed at 3 kilometers, which is as the crow flies. From the temple to the top and back was 20+ kilometers. Be prepared that over 10 kilometers of the trail is poorly maintained with irregularly sized, oddly pitched stairs. The chains are only for those with small feet, good upper body strength, and no fear of heights.
There is a second access point to the mountain much closer to the top with parking at a cabin. I only found out about this on the way down the mountain.
Fall is the best time as it was the scenery that kept me going. Had it been any other time of year and I would have turned back very early in the day.
I'm glad I did it once, but never again.
Written February 24, 2013
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Einav P
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Friends
Climbing the ishizuchi mountain at April 8-9.
5 men didn't took the ropeway and started the climbing from the beginning.
It's took us about 5 hours of climbing to the peak. Very difficult at that season.
We slept in shelter under the peak abd in the morning we started to get down.
The way downhill took us 3.5 hours without the ropeway.
Very recommend.
Written April 9, 2018
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Mpeg36
Canberra, Australia244 contributions
Couples
We are a couple in their 40s with fair fitness levels and completed this hike. It took us 3 hour up and 2 hours back. We would highly recommend as the views were spectacular. The drive to the Ropeway was beautiful with lush valleys, waterfalls and a winding river. We saw lots of people “geared up” to the eyeball, but you will be fine with good walking shoes, a hat, sunscreen, 2 liters of water and snacks. So pleased we did this hike and weren’t scared off - just do it!!
Written August 19, 2019
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Giuseppe S
Antwerp, Belgium864 contributions
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Great hike to the top. It starts from the shrine 15 minutes after the cable car station and continues for I think 4 km till the top.
It is not an easy one as it is quite steep even skipping the chains with the top that seems never to be reached. The view in a clear day are rewarding though.
I did not use the chains as I was not feeling safe on them.
Written June 6, 2017
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Sunny Muguet
Singapore, Singapore299 contributions
Couples
Upon reaching the destination, the first car park costs 500¥. Park here as it's only 50m from the beginning of the walk-up to the Ropeway Station. If you park right opposite the walk-up, it costs 700¥.
The cable car leaves every 20 minutes and it's a short ride about 6-8 minutes each way. The last cable car to leave from the top is at 5 or 6pm.
From the top cable car station, it’s about a 30 min walk to the 1st stop, the Joju shrine (成就社). The walk to Joju is good, and mostly shaded. The view is fantastic !
We did not attempt the walk to the summit as the degree of difficulty is graded 4 out of 5.
Written August 4, 2016
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Ursula B
Holzkirchen, Germany97 contributions
Friends
The climb takes 3 hrs. up and 2 hrs down, using the cable car up to 1250 m. At 1980 m you reach the top.
Written October 30, 2017
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Alissa G
Toronto, Canada52 contributions
Friends
Mt. Ishizuchi (the name means stone hammer) is the tallest mountain in Western Japan, and one of the holly mountains. You can take the bus from Matsuyama to one of the paths, or take the train to Saijo and then take the bus from there. If you are feeling up to it, you can start the climb from the bottom, but the cable car takes about 700m up, and well worth it.
The climb itself is fairly easy, with several rest areas and little snack shops on the way. But you can also climb up using massive chains (don`t do it if you are afraid of heights). Once you get to the top, the view is amazing!
Written October 24, 2012
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