Although winter is the most severe season to climb the mountain, the reward is the view—the rime ice. Mt. Miune Rime Ice Festival is held on Saturdays, Sundays and national holidays from January 13th to February 25th. The shuttle bus called “Rime bus” runs from the station during the festival, so don’t miss the beautiful scenery!
Mt. Miune is 1,235m high. It takes approximately 4-5 hours to climb up and down the mountain. Prepare the proper clothing and footwear (You will need crampons).
1:00pm – 5:00pm
January 13, 14, 20, 21, 27, 28
February 3, 4, 10, 11, 12, 17, 18, 24, 25
Mitsue Youth Travel Village (Located at the trailhead)
address: 1790 Kōzue, Mitsue-mura, Uda-gun, Nara-ken (Map below)
Shuttle bus runs between Youth Travel Village (みつえ青少年旅行村) and Haibara (榛原) station of Kintetsu railway.
Leaves Haibara station at 8:15, 9:15
Leaves Youth Travel Village at 15:00, 16:00
Bus fare: 1,350yen/adult, 680yen/child
Take exit Hari (針) I.C. onto R369 or Ueno (上野) I.C. onto R368 from Meihan National Highway and drive 60 minutes.
* You will need snow tires or snow chains.
January 13: Zoni (Japanese soup with rice cake)
Januray 21: Amazake (sweet hot Japanese drink made from fermented rice)
February 11: Rice pounding event and rice cake
February 25: Coffee