Total Distance: 13 km
Total Walking Time: 6 to 7 hours
The course is easy to moderate and accessible year-round. This trail is well-trodden with hikers, and it’s mostly well-maintained and very clearly marked with signs. There is no chance of getting lost at all. A walking stick could be helpful but not essential. Bring a hat, gloves, flashlight, food and water, mosquito repellent in summer. A shirt for a spring or autumn hike, your lightest and most effective sweat-wicking clothing and a sweat towel in summer (it gets very hot and humid), and a light jacket or windbreaker in winter.
Summary: The Numazu Alps is located in Numazu city, to the south of Mt. Fuji. It is a series of 7 low peaks, which are not difficult to hike through but challenging enough for a day’s hike. You could panoramic views of Fuji, Suruga Bay and Numazu City. I started the trail from Tabi (south) to (north) because I wanted to clear Mt. Ohira and Mt. Washizu, which are the two highest peaks in the morning, first before taking it easy along the rest of the hike. Another advantage is that the sun was mostly behind me when I was hiking, so I didn’t have to squint the whole way. You could of course decide to attempt the hike from Mt. Kanuki to Mt. Ohira, and return to Numazu by bus from Tabi.
Tabi Trailhead -> Tabi Pass (30 minutes) -> Mt. Ohira (356m) (20 minutes) -> Tabi Pass -> Mt. Washizu (392m) (50 minutes) -> Mt. Kowashizu (330m) (15 minutes) -> Shige Pass -> Mt. Shige (214m) (25 minutes) -> Mt. Tokura (256m) (30 minutes) -> Yokoyama Pass -> Mt. Yoko (183m) (60 minutes) -> Yaesaka Pass -> Mt. Kanuki (193m) (60 minutes) -> Kurose Trailhead -> Numazu Station (25 minutes)
Note: There are many trails leading to the main hiking trail. You could leave the trail if you are tired or have had enough. It’s also best to leave the trail when the sun is setting. Take the bus at the foot of the mountain trail to head back to Numazu Station. Most buses run till 7pm or even later.
Wild animals: This trail is popular with wild boars. There are many reports of wild boar sightings in this area. If you spot one, do not get close to it. They are short-tempered creatures and may charge at you, so stay away from it. The mosquitoes are vicious bloodsuckers, that’ll eat you alive if given a chance.
|Bus stop||Basu Noriba||バス乗り場|
|Numazu Alps||Numazu Arupusu||沼津アルプス|
|Tabi Pass||Tabi Touge||多比|
|Shige Pass||Shige Touge||志下峠|
|Yokoyama Pass||Yokoyama Touge||横山峠|
|Yaesaka Pass||Yaesaka Touge||八重坂峠|
|Kurose Trailhead||Kurose Iriguchi||黒瀬|