Snow Mountain Trekking

Although winter is the most severe season to climb the mountain, the reward is the view—the rime ice. Rime ice is frost formed on cold objects by the rapid freezing of water vapor in clouds or fog.

It might be a good chance to climb with locals and become friends with them, as a lot of mountaineers gather especially on weekends during the rime ice season. There are hot springs nearby, so you can relax and warm your body after hiking.

Prepare the proper winter clothing and footwear. You will need snow boots but it will be safer with crampons.

To see rime ice, make sure you arrive early enough. It can be only seen in the morning and it depends on the weather condition. Also please note that it cannot be guaranteed as it is a natural phenomenon.

Shuttle buses run from the nearest station to trailheads on weekends and national holidays during the season.

Mt. Miune

General information
Mt. Miune is located within the Murō-Akame-Aoyama Quasi-National Park. It takes approximately 4-5 hours to climb up and down the mountain. There are food and drink stands at the trailhead on the weekends and national holidays during the season.
1,235m high / Hiking difficulty: Moderate

Season
January - early March

Trailhead
Mitsue Youth Travel Village
address: 1790 Kōzue, Mitsue-mura, Uda-gun, Nara-ken (Map below)

Access
Get off at Haibara (榛原) station of Kintetsu Railway. For the shuttle bus information, check here.

Prepare proper winter clothing and footwear such as crampons and gaiters.

Mt. Takami

General information
Situated on the border of the two prefectures––Nara and Mie, Mt. Takami is called “Matterhorn of Kansai”. After a few hour hiking, Takasumi Shrine will welcome you on the summit. Don't forget to go to Takasumi Onsen (hot spring) to warm up yourself when you get back to the trailhead.
1,249 meters high / Hiking difficulty: Moderate to difficult

Season
January - early March

Access
Get off at Haibara (榛原) station of Kintetsu Railway. For the shuttle bus information, check here.

Prepare proper winter clothing and footwear such as crampons and gaiters.

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