Mt. Nantai

Mt. Nantai, Nikko: Address, Phone Number, Mt. Nantai Reviews: 4/5

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Andy S
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Solo
I chose to hike up Mt Nantai mainly because it is the premier mountain hike in the area. The hike is steep - about 5 km at an unrelenting gradient (there really is hardly any party of the trail that flattens out) but the views at the top are impressive, even on a day with scattered cloud swirling around when I was there. The trail isn't technical but there are plenty of large rocks you will find yourself clambering around. The last about 800 metres comes largely out of the treeline onto exposed volcanic rock, which I found the nicest part of the trail.

A few tips that may help planning better than I did:

1. The town on the shore of Lake Chuzenji has one atm that is supposed to take foreign credit cards but it wouldn't accept either of mine: hardly any of the shops take cards either. Do make sure you have plenty of cash or everything you need with you.

2. It's a very popular hike and I'd suggest making sure you know the common greetings used by Japanese hikers before you go (I was here on a short business trip to tokyo and felt awkward not knowing this)

3. The common trail starts at the Shinto shrine but you can also take a trail from about 400 meets NW of the Kegon Falls car park; this is the road park workers use to bring materials to build the huts. It jobs the classic trail and is further but shallower
Written September 25, 2016
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sam f
Grimsby, UK9 contributions
Friends
As the reviews state, nantai is no joke. Unrelenting steepness from bottom to top. It took 6 of us 2 hours to summit and was definitely one of the harder climbs I've done. Views are all worth it when you finally finish.
Written October 20, 2019
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The Milkman
6 contributions
Friends
Used the reliable bus service from Nikko to bus stop ‘Chuzenji Ibsen - stop 26’ from there it was a 10 minute walk with lake Chuzenji on your left where you will find the start of the walk inside of the shrine. It’s a 500 yen donation to start. From here you are confronted with a very steep incline from start to finish (about 2.5 - 4 hours) to the top, with challenging surfaces including rocks, mud and steps along the way. The path is clearly marked and well populated so it’s easily navigated. Once at the top though the views are outstanding on a clear day, and Mt Fuji can be seen in the distance towering above the clouds. Good walking boots, 3-5 litres of water and some food at the top definitely required. Some poles for the descent would have been handy too, as it is very steep. A hard walk but the end result is an excellent one, would recommend to anyone with a decent fitness level.
Written October 10, 2019
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WWA
35 contributions
JR日光駅のみどりの窓口 または 東武日光駅で 中禅寺温泉フリーパスを買うとお得です。
二荒山神社中宮祠でバスを降ります。
社務所で500円を納めて、登山開始です。
はじめは階段を上ります。
樹林帯を歩きます。
3合目から4合目は舗装道路です。
岩が出てきます。
登山靴の着用をお勧めします。トレッキングポールもあった方が良いと思います。
途中トイレはありません。
It is advantageous to buy a Chuzenji Onsen free pass at JR Nikko Station's counter or Tobu Nikko Station.Get off the bus at Chugushi Pass at Futarasan Shrine.Pay 500 yen at the shrine office and start climbing.First up the stairs.Walk the forest zone.The 3rd to 4th stations are paved roads.A rock comes out.We recommend wearing mountaineering shoes. I think it's better to bring a trekking pole.There is no toilet on the way.
Written August 20, 2019
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sid888333
Manila, Philippines186 contributions
Solo
above 1200 meters elevation from sea level
near a temple
near a lake
great for photo ops
very cold in this area
Written March 24, 2019
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Oxana Z
Barnstaple, UK4 contributions
Couples
A great hike, and stunning views as you go up! Definitely worth it!!
A few tips:
Wear shoes with grip, it is steep and if it has rained/snowed it is slippy!
Wear warm clothes, it gets cold in autumn near the top, and make sure you bring plenty of water, there are no vending machines as you go up!
Try and go on a clear day, we got very lucky and even saw Mt Fuji!!
Enjoy :)
Written November 24, 2018
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IZ_Zardai
Tokyo, Japan157 contributions
Friends
Mt Nantai is located in a fantastic area, next to lake Chuzenji. It isn't a very tall mountain - 2480m - but 3-4 hours are needed probably for going up and 2-3 for going down unless you are really fit and young. Wear proper hiking clothes, bring lots of water, sunscreen, etc. Also bring 500 yen for the entrance to the climbing route. It is maintained by the main shrine there with the help of these fees. For older hikers or people in a bad shape it might be a bit challenging. But its worth the effort: the views from the top are stunning, and come with a real sense of accomplishment. It is not a climb in the sense that no climbing specialist equipment or techniques are needed to go up, but the terrain can be a bit tricky: in some places one needs to step up high, and the road is rocky, at other places it is very dusty. Not dangerous though. I had a fantastic, fun day here with three friends. The beer and the onsen felt heavenly afterwards!
Written September 1, 2018
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Minji J
8 contributions
Friends
Get some warm clothes and umbrellas for cold air and sudden shower. It has lots of beautiful nature view and looks very Russia with white birches. Very short bamboo-like plants with tall and so straightly grown old trees. U can see snows still left at high part of mountain. Along the wooden walks, u will fall inside beautiful nature. I was very thrilled and couldn't stop taking photos even though I'm not a mountain person. We went there by car, but it's not easy to drive with lots of dangerous curves and narrow roads.
Written May 13, 2017
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mxs0755
Los Angeles, CA85 contributions
Couples
Crazy vertical hike through varied terrain (from red volcanic rock to street) that offered great views of the area. Can be done by fit hikers in four hours.
Written July 6, 2016
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seafare74
SF, California2,181 contributions
Couples
During our visit to the lake in early April we were lucky enough to see the summit clearly even though it was a cold day the wind kept the clouds moving. The mountain is a prominent feature of the Lake.
Written April 12, 2016
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