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Mount Yotei-zan

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Best season:Summer(June-Aug)Autumn(Sept.-Nov.)

Mount Yotei-zan

Description of Mount Yotei-zan

Mount Yotei-zan is a conical stratovolcano that raises 1898 meters above sea level. It is located in the southern part of the Shiribeshi region, Hokkaido. Its official name is “Mr. Shiribeshi-yama”, chosen as one of the 100 best mountains in Japan. In 2003, Japan Meteorological Agency designated it as an active volcano. The mountain has a crater 700 meters in diameter and 200 meters in depth at the summit and has a lateral crater on the west-northwest slope of the mountain.  
To climb the mountain, you can take one of the four climbing routes, namely, the Makkari, Kutchan, Kyogoku, and Kimobetsu routes. The mountain is also famous for its spring water. There is a place in the Mount Yotei-zan area where you can draw its spring water for free.

Views

A 7000 hectare area centering on the summit belongs to Shikotsu-toya National Park. You can enjoy varied plants from season to season in the mountain such as an alpine plant zone at around the 9th station, a forest of Betula ermani and dwarf stone pine at around the 6th station, and a primeval forest on the mountainside. Inhabitants on the mountainside include Ezo red fox, Hokkaido squirrel, Ezo chipmunk, Ezo momonga, Ezo mountain hare and other mammals. In addition, more than 130 kinds of wild birds have been identified on the mountain.
On the northwest base of the mountain, there is a crater lake called Lake Hangetsu-ko. The name in Japanese suggests it is a half-moon shaped lake surrounded by thickly grown primeval forest. The plant community ranging from the lake area to surrounding areas of the mountain trails is a designated national treasure.

Climbing routes

The four climbing routes are open only from summer to fall with a caretaker stationed at the mountain shelter hut at the 9th station from the beginning of June to the beginning of October.
・Makkari route: It takes roughly four to five hours from the starting point for a climb to the summit. Among the four routes, the steepness of the Makkari route is relatively moderate. There is a camping site and restrooms at the starting point.  
・Kutchan route: It takes roughly three to four hours from the starting point to the summit. The mountain trail is steep, but of the four routes only this route is designated as a special protection area.  
・Kyogoku route: It takes roughly four to five hours from the starting point to the summit. Keep in mind that the upper part of the mountain trail has poor footing. Also, restrooms or running water are not available at the starting point.
・Kimogetsu route: Just like the Kyogoku route, restrooms or water utility are not available at the starting point. It takes four to five hours to the summit, but you should take safety precautions as the route right before the summit has poor footing with loose stones and rocks.

Access

The nearest stations to the mountain vary depending on which climbing route you would take. To make it simple, access from Kutchan station to each route is explained as below:
To the Makkari route: It takes roughly 40 minutes by bus from Kutchan station. Get off the bus at the Yotei Natural Park bus stop, and it takes another 20 minutes on foot to the starting point for a climb.
To the Kutchan route: It takes roughly 15 minutes by bus from the station. Get off the bus at the Yotei-Tozanguchi bus stop and another about 25 minute-walk will take you to the starting point for a climb.
To the Kyogoku route: It takes roughly 30 minutes by bus from the station. Get off the bus at the Kyogoku bus stop, and it takes about one hour on foot to get to the starting point for a climb.
To the Kimobetsu route: It takes about 40 minutes by bus from the station. Get off the bus at the Hiraoka-Iriguchi bus stop, and it takes roughly 50 minutes on foot from there to the starting point for a climb.

You can also drive to the base of the mountain as there is a parking lot. In that case, the nearest exit of the Sasson Expressway is the Otaru exit.

Information of Mount Yotei-zan

Spot name Mount Yotei-zan
Address Kucchan-cho, Abuta-gun, Hokkaido Japan
Regular holiday NEW YEAR'S HOLIDAY,Winter season
TEL 0136-22-1121
Fee 1000yen

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