Mt Ashiwada (足和田山)

26 April 2024
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Mt Ashiwada (足和田山)

Mt Ashiwada (足和田山, Ashiwada-yama) is located at the western end of Lake Kawaguchiko. As part of one of the mountains from the 36 views of Mt Fuji series, as well as being a 100 Famous Mountain of Yamanashi, you can get a clear view of Fuji from partway up the trail. At 7.5km and 800m of elevation gain, it was beginner-friendly and overall well-maintained.

The trail starts a short distance from the Katsuyama Michi-no-Eki and is accessible by both car and public transport.

trail start
I started around 7:30 so the sun was still rising as I started up the trail

Within 15 minutes of beginning the hike you will reach the first peak of Mt Haneko (羽根子山, Haneko-yama), where you can get a glimpse of Lake Kawaguchiko, partially covered by trees.

lake view
At the summit of Mt Haneko (羽根子山)
flat path
The trail onwards.

From here it's a relatively easy trail. From partway up you will get an excellent view of Mt Fuji (arguably as good or better than from the top itself!)

first glimpse
Your first glimpse of Mt Fuji...
first fuji
And there he is!

The mountain peak has an elevation of 1354m, and since I went at the end of March there was still some snow remaining near the peak.

first snow
Some glimpses of snow
more snow
More snow, but easily walkable
upwards
Once you past the snowy bit, it's back to stairs until the summit

The top comes with a little wooden deck to get a higher view, and some wooden benches to sit on to take in the views.

mt ashiwada summit
The summit of Mt Ashiwada (足和田山)
observatory
The observatory
lake view2
The view in the opposite direction down to Lake Kawaguchiko
yay fuji
An unobstructed view of Mt Fuji

Due to the snow, on the way back down I accidentally made a wrong turn. I didn't realise for a good half kilometre, and it was mostly down stairs as well so I inadvertently made my hike a little bit longer. Oops!

accidental stairs
When I realised I had to climb back up all these stairs...

I missed a fork because I saw snow in front of me and a dirt path to my right, and assumed I should go down the dirt path.

fork
Making my way back to where I originally made the wrong turn (I should have walked through the snow on the right).
snow path
Going back along the correct path.
michi no eki
Back to the starting point at the michi-no-eki carpark.

Since this hike was a short one, on the same day I also drove over to Lake Yamanakako to climb Myojinyama.

Hiking course details

Date climbedLengthCourse time
2024-03-227.6km4h30min (the expected time for an average hiker without breaks)

This is a out-and-back course beginning and ending at Michi-no-eki Katsuyama. There are toilets available at the carpark.

Public transport access with example schedule

TimeLocationTransportCost
06:49東京(とうきょう)Highway bus2060
08:52河口湖 (かわぐちこ)
09:10河口湖Bus380
09:29道の駅 かつやま (みちのえき かつやま)

Mt Ashiwada is accessed via a highway bus to Kawaguchiko station and then a transfer onto a local bus. I have more detailed information on a separate page about access to Kawaguchiko station.

TimeLocationTransportCost
14:27道の駅 かつやまBus380
14:45河口湖
14:59河口湖Express bus2060
17:06東京
Trip total:4880

Car access details

Car parkTime (from Tokyo)Round trip cost
道の駅 かつやま (みちのえき かつやま)1h50min~8400 yen

This carpark isn't too big, but since I went on a weekday it was on the emptier side.

I'm not too sure about the ethics of using a michi-no-eki as a carpark before your hikes, since their main purpose is as a roadside station where you can take a break before continuing on with your journey. To be safe I generally try to use them on weekdays when they are less crowded.

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