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Mt. Hakusan

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Mt. Hakusan

Mt. Hakusan

Mount Hakusan is located along the borders of Ishikawa and Gifu Prefectures. It is one of the three most sacred mountains in Japan alongside Mount Fuji and Mount Tateyama. The tallest peak on the dormant volcano reaches 2702 meters. Mount Hakusan is covered in snow for most of the year and the climbing season is from June to October. Bettodeai Trailhead is one of the most popular starting points to take up to the summit. A round trip to the summit using that trial entrance will take 8 to 10 hours. It is recommended to take a rental car to access the trail as there is limited bus service. Close to the mountain is Shiramine Onsen, which is convenient for those planning to climb the mountain. From Bettodeai you can choose to take Sabo Shindo or Kanko Shindo to the summit. Sabo is less steep, but Kanko has great panoramic views of the surrounding area. Both paths can reach the mountain station that has lodging, but requires reservations in order to stay overnight. It is about 40 minutes away from Gozengamine Peak and is a good rest stop.