Mount Hakusan is an dormant volcano located in southern Ishikawa Prefecture. Mt. Hakusan consists of huge mountains and an entire site spreading not only to Ishikawa, but also Gifu, Fukui and Toyama prefecture. This 2702 meter high mountain at the center of Hakusan National Park is the country's tallest peak west of the Japanese Alps and it is also considered as the three best mountains (Mt. Fuji, Mt. Tateyama and Mt. Hakusan.
Mt. Hakusan was considered as the sacred mountain sice the period of Japanese Myth. It was used to be Shugendo place in the middle age of Japan. Today, because of its great view Mt. Hakusan is one of the most popular mountain in Japan.
The most popular route up the mountain starts at the Bettodeai Trailhead. Two trails, the Sabo Shindo and the Kanko Shindo, lead up the mountain from Bettodeai. The Kanko Shindo, traces along a ridge and offers panoramic views of the surrounding mountains especially along the descent.
It takes about 5 hours to make it to Murodo, a well-maintained mountain station with lodging (reservations required), toilet, a visitor center, shop, dining hall, shrine and medical station. It is a perfect place to take a break before the final ascent to the peak.
The last section of the trail is a easy 30-40 minute climb from Murodo to Gozengamine Peak at the top of Mount Hakusan.
At the top of the mountain lies the satellite shrine of Shirayamahime Shrine that offers breathtaking views of the surrounding countryside all the way out to the Sea of Japan and the Northern Alps in the distance.
Buses going to the route near the mountain is only present on selected days during the climbing season from Kanazawa Station and Tsurugi Station. Note that the trips on the bus are limited, be sure to check on the company for their schedule.
A rental car is recommended for accessing the trailhead, as limited bus service makes it difficult to complete the climb before the last bus departure of the day.
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