• Ontake-san, Yamato-hongu shrine - © Flickr User - jun1
  • Ontake Autumn
  • © Flickr User -  blueskyfantasie
  • On the slopes of Mt. Ontake - © Flickr User - Nikita
  • Mt.Ontake Eruption - © Flickr User - peaceful-jp-scenery
  • Mount Ontake - © Flickr User - T hino
  • Evening Scene - © Flickr User - peaceful-jp-scenery
  • A Guardian Dog of Ontake Shrine  - © Flickr User - Jun Takeuchi
  • © Flickr User - l-v-l l-v-l
  • © Flickr User - yuki_alm_misa
  • © Flickr User - yuki_alm_misa
  • © Flickr User - l-v-l l-v-l

Key information: Ontake-san

    • Traverse the second-highest volcano in Japan. Ontake-San is active, so enjoy the action, with all the associated visual and aural drama.
      • Important pilgrimage for the syncretic Shugendō school, so you will meet white-clad pilgrims.
        • Some of the thrill is reduced by the access roads and consequent large number of "pilgrims".
          • Best months: Spring to Autumn. Rainy season is very wet.
            • Serious walking in remote mountains, where altitude can be an issue. Come prepared. A section in Lonely Planet's Trekking in Japan. Find relevant books by using our Amazon search function:


Walkopedia rating

  • Walkopedia rating87
  • Beauty33
  • Natural interest18
  • Human interest4
  • Charisma32
  • Negative points0
  • Total rating87

Vital Statistics

  • Length: 12 km / 2 Days
  • Maximum Altitude: 3,007 m
  • Level of Difficulty: Strenuous

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On the slopes of Mt. Ontake - © Flickr User - Nikita

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