Mt. Ashitaka can be accessed from Fuji City, Gotemba and Numazu. Situated south-east to Mt. Fuji, the series of nine or so peaks that can be termed as “Mt. Ashitara”. These are some of the highest viewpoints where you can look at Mt. Fuji in eastern Shizuoka. The highest peak isn’t Mt. Ashitaka at 1188m toward the south away from Mt. Fuji, but Mt. Echizendake at 1507m, closer to Mt. Fuji.
As I do not own a car in Japan, I have only attempted this hike from two points – to Mt. Echizen-dake from Gotemba Station and to Mt. Ashitaka from Katahama Station. The trail to Mt. Ashitaka isn’t difficult, but you’d be clambering over rocks at some parts. The hike to Mt. Echizen-dake is more challenging and the level of difficulty and length of the hike could be adjusted to fit your stamina and schedule. You could plan this to be a half-day or full-day hike. Pack enough food and water for the hike.
|Yanagisawa trailhead||Yanagisawa touzan-guchi||柳沢登山口|
|Akeno Goddesses of Mercy Shrine||Akenokannon-dou||赤野観音堂|
|Ashitaka 600 Gold Course||Ashitaka 600 gorufu-jo||愛鷹６００ゴルフ場|
|Ashitaka forest trail||Ashitaka rin-dou||愛鷹林道|
|Hiranuma junction||Hiranuma hou-men bunkiten||平沼方面との分岐点|
|Field of the Tengu||Tengu no hata||24 天狗の畑|
|Wari Ishi pass (Split stone pass)||Wari Ishi-touge||割石峠|
|Mt. Yobiko (Mt. Whistle)||Yobiko-dake||呼子岳|
|Sasa pass (Bamboo grass pass)||Sasa-touge||笹峠|
|Jyurigi (Ten Village Woods)||Jyurigi||十里木|