*to Hanlon's razor: Never attribute to malice that which is adequately explained by stupidity.

Sunday, 27 July 2014

33/100 百名山: 'Hundred Famous Mountains' (of Japan)

I did not expect to get them all, as I'm not that obsessed about them, but 33/100 is what I've got in seven full years and another two months visiting.  About one a month if you take out the winter months, but that's misleading because I've bagged one to four on each trip.  I've concentrated my climbs in the centre of Honshu both because I lived in Kanto and Chubu's where the taller peaks are.  I will be back for more, I expect.

The latest I climbed was Utsugi-dake, but it's almost put me off them: the humidity of summer extends to the peak even if the heat does not.  The high peaks are usually safe to climb June through October; however, June to mid-July is rainy, July to early September hot and humid (though less hot at altitude), typhoons can interrupt late August to early September, so really, mid-September to early November are best for the high peaks, but you're mad if you go on a weekend when all of Japan does.

Coming down from Utsugi I came across a bear in Japan for the first time in the wild, and on foot the first time ever.  Could have given the latter a pass.  Definitely an Asian Black Bear.  Not much bigger than my wife, shock of white on the tail (the bear's).  I happened to be talking to myself about the birch trees, which is as well as fifty metres ahead the bear suddenly came down from the canopy in a hurry, likely running away.  Besides that far more common than attack or mock-charges, there is a limited hunt on Honshu and you don't survive as a wild animal among 120 million people by bravery.  I took an alternative route anyway, as I was alone.

The hell with bears though, I got buzzed a couple times by suzumebachi, 'sparrow bees', which are actually hornets called 'sparrow' because they're the size of a sparrow!  I can live with those even though they bounced off the crown of my hat.  I just acted cool and kept moving.  Japan has something else called oosuzumebachi, 'giant sparrow bees', because the other ones aren't big enough?!  Saw none of those this time.  Good thing.  Scarier than bears and a sting will do as much damage.  You hear them before you see them.  You hear or see one of these you run.

If anyone cares, I've highlighted what I have climbed, in red if particularly recommended (not Fuji the touron cinder pit).  Do exercise caution and read up on a mountain before you go, and what transit runs in what season and the schedules.


1)Mt. Rishiri (利尻岳)

2) Mt. Rausu (羅臼岳)

3) Mt. Shari (斜里岳)

4) Mt. Meakan (雌阿寒岳)

5) Mt. Asahi (旭岳) 2290
6) Mt. Tomuraushi (トムラウシ山) 2141
7) Mt. Tokachi (十勝岳) 2077
8) Mt. Poroshiri (幌尻岳)

9) Mt. Yōtei (羊蹄山)


10) Mt. Iwaki (岩木山)

11) Mt. Hakkoda (八甲田山)

12) Mt. Hachimantai (八幡平)

13) Mt. Iwate (岩手山)

14) Mt. Hayachine (早池峰)

15) Mt. Chokai (鳥海山)

16) Gassan (月山)

17) Mt. Asahi (朝日岳)

18) Mt. Zao (蔵王山)

19) Mt. Iide (飯豊山)

20) Mt. Azuma (吾妻山) 2035
21) Mt. Adatara (安達太良山) 1700
22) Mt. Bandai (磐梯山) 1819
23) Mt. Aizu-komagatake (会津駒ヶ岳)
24) Mt. Nasu (那須岳) 1915

25) Mt. Echigo-komagatake (越後駒ヶ岳)
26) Mt. Hira (平ヶ岳)

27) Mt. Makihata (巻機山)

28) Mt. Hiuchi (燧岳)
29) Mt. Shibutsu (至仏岳)
30) Mt. Tanigawa (谷川岳) 1977
31) Mt. Amakazari (雨飾山)

32) Mt. Naeba (苗場山)
33) Mt. Myoko (妙高山)

34) Mt. Hiuchi (火打山)
35) Mt. Takazuma (高妻山)


36) Mt. Nantai (男体山)2484
37) Mt. Okushirane (奥白根山) 2578
38) Mt. Sukai (皇海山)
39) Mt. Hotaka (武尊山)

40) Mt. Akagi (赤城山)

41) Mt. Kusatsu-Shirane (草津白根山) 2171
42) Mt. Azumaya (四阿山)
43) Mt. Asama (浅間山) 2568
44) Mt. Tsukuba (筑波山) 876
Kita Alps

45) Mt. Shirouma (白馬岳) 2932
46) Mt. Goryu (五竜岳) 2814
47) Mt. Kashimayari (鹿島槍岳) 2899
48) Mt. Tsurugi (剣岳) 2998
49) Mt. Tateyama (立岳) 3015
50) Mt. Yakushi (薬師岳) 2926
51) Mt. Kurobegoro (黒部五郎岳) 2840
52) Mt. Kuro/Suisho (黒岳) 2986
53) Mt. Washiba (鷲羽岳) 2924
54) Mt. Yari (槍ヶ岳) 3180
55) Mt.Hotaka (穂高岳) 3190
56) Mt. Jonen (常念岳) 2857
57) Mt. Kasa (笠ヶ岳) 2899
58) Mt. Yake (焼岳) 2455
59) Mt. Norikura (乗鞍岳) 3026
60) Mt. Ontake (御岳) 3067
Yatsu-ga-take Region

61) Utsukushi-ga-hara (美ヶ原)

62) Mt. Kirigamine (霧ヶ峰)

63) Mt. Tateshina (蓼科山) 2530
64) Yatsu-ga-take(八ヶ岳) 2899
Chichibu-Tama-Kai National Park
65) Mt. Ryokami (両神山)

66) Mt. Kumotori (雲取山) 2017
67) Mt. Kobushi (甲武信岳) 2475
68) Mt. Kinpu (金峰山) 2598
69) Mt. Mizugaki (瑞牆山) 2230
70) Mt. Daibosatsu (大菩薩山)
Mt. Fuji Region

71) Mt. Tanzawa (丹沢山) 1673
72) Mt. Fuji (富士山) 3776
73) Mt. Amagi (天城山)

Chuo Alps Region

74) Mt. Kiso-komagatake (木曽駒ヶ岳) 2956
75) Mt. Utsugi (空木岳) 2864
76) Mt. Ena (恵那山)

Minami Alps

77) Mt. Kai-komagatake (甲斐駒ヶ岳) 2967
78) Mt. Senjo (仙丈ヶ岳) 3033
79) Mt. Houou (鳳凰山) 2840
80) Mt. Kitadake (北岳) 3193
81) Mt. Ainodake (間ノ岳) 3189
82) Mt. Shiomi (塩見岳) 3047
83) Mt. Warusawa (悪沢岳) 3141
84) Mt. Akaishi (赤石岳) 3120
85) Mt. Hijiri (聖岳) 3013
86) Mt. Tekari (光岳) 2591
Hokuriku Region

87) Mt. Hakusan (白山) 2702
88) Mt. Arashima (荒島岳)

Kansai Region

89) Mt. Ibuki (伊吹山)

90) Mt. Odaigahara (大台ヶ原山)
91) Mt. Omine (大峰山)

92) Mt. Daisen (大山)


93) Mt. Tsurugi (剣山)

94) Mt. Ishizuchi (石鎚山)


95) Mt. Kuju (九重山)

96) Mt. Sobo (祖母山)

97) Mt. Aso (阿蘇山)
98) Mt. Kirishima (霧島山)

99) Mt. Kaimon (開聞岳)

100) Mt. Miyanoura (宮之浦岳)

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