Mount Yakushi

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Mount Yakushi
Yakushidake from Jiidake 2004-8-14.JPG
Mount Yakushi seen from Mount Suishō
Highest point
Elevation2,926.01 m (9,599.8 ft) [1]
ListingList of mountains in Japan
100 Famous Japanese Mountains
Coordinates36°28′08″N 137°32′41″E / 36.46889°N 137.54472°E / 36.46889; 137.54472Coordinates: 36°28′08″N 137°32′41″E / 36.46889°N 137.54472°E / 36.46889; 137.54472[2]
Parent rangeHida Mountains
Topo mapGeospatial Information Authority 25000:1 薬師岳[2]
50000:1 槍ヶ岳
Easiest routeHike

Mount Yakushi (薬師岳, Yakushi-dake) is one of the 100 Famous Japanese Mountains,[3] reaching the height of 2,926 m (9,600 ft). It is situated in Japan's Hida Mountains in Toyama Prefecture. It was specified for Chūbu-Sangaku National Park on December 4, 1934.[4]


There are a lot of mountains with the same name in Japan, but this is the highest peak. It is a mountain of the Faith for a long time as well as Mount Tate and Mount Ontake. Bhaisajyaguru is enshrined in the Shinto shrine on the top of the mountain.


Cirque on Mount Yakushi[edit]

Kanasaku valley cirque and Mount Yakushi seen from North Yakushi

There are 4 large Cirque on the east side of the mountain.

  • Northern cirque – It is not plain because it collapsed.
  • Kanasaku valley cirque – This was originated by person's name of Kanasaku Miyamoto. It is between Mount kita-Yakushi and Mount Yakushi.
  • Central cirque – It is on the southeast side of Mount Yakushi.
  • Southern cirque – It is on the southeast of Central cirque.


Main ascent routes[edit]

There are several climbing routes to the top of the mountain.[10][11]

  • Entrance Arimine (Oritate) : Oritate – Tarōdaira hut – Yakushi mountain pass – Yakushi plain (Yakushi-daira) – Yakushi mountain cottage – Mount Yakushi. This is the shortest route.
  • Hietsu-shin-dō (Hietsu new route) : Hietsu Tunnel – Sennin mountain pass – Kagami pond – Mount Teraji – Kitanomata hut – Tarōdaira hut – Yakushi mountain pass – Yakushi plain – Yakushi mountain cottage – Mount Yakushi. Also there is Kamioka-shin-dō (Kamioka new route) for Mount Teraji.
  • From Mount Tate : Murodō – Mount Tate – Ichinokosi mountain cottage – Mount Shishi – Zara mountain pass – Goshikigahara – Mount Ecchuzawa – Sugonokkoshi hut – Hazama Mountain – Mount Kita-Yakushi – Mount Yakushi.
  • From Mount Kurobegorō : Mount Kurobegorō – Mount Kitanomata – (Mount Tarō) – Tarōdaira hut – Yakushi mountain pass – Yakushi plain – Yakushi mountain cottage – Mount Yakushi. There are several route for Mount Kurobegorō.

Mountain hut[edit]

Sugonokkoshi hut

Thera are several Mountain hut around Mount Yakushi.[11] Yakushi mountain cottage is the nearest hut.

  • Sugonokkoshi hut (スゴ乗越小屋, Sugonokkoshi-goya) – in the col between Mount Ecchuzawa and Mount Hazama (with Campsite), 50 person accommodation
  • Yakushi mountain cottage (薬師岳山荘, Yakushidake-sansō) – between Mount Yakushi and Yakushi plain, 60 person accommodation
  • Yakushizawa hut (薬師沢小屋, Yakushizawa-goya) – between Mount Taro and Kumonotaira, on Kurobe River ashore, 60 person accommodation
  • Tarōdaira hut (太郎平小屋, Tarōdaira-goya) – between Yakushi mountain pass and Mount Tarō (with Campsite on Yakushi mountain pass), 150 person accommodation
  • Kitanomata hut (北ノ俣避難小屋, Kitanomata-goya) – in the col between Mount Teraji and Mount Kitanomata (Shelter hut), 8 person accommodation
  • Kurobegorō hut (黒部五郎小舎, Kurobegorō-goya) – in the col between Mount Kurobegorō and Mount Mitsumatarenge (with Campsite), 60 person accommodation
  • Mitsumata mountain cottage (三俣山荘, Mitsumata-sansō) – in the col between Mount Mitsumatagenge and Mount Washiba (with Campsite), 70 person accommodation

Alpine plant[edit]

The upper part of this mountain is situated in Tree line region, Siberian Dwarf Pine and Alpine plant grow naturally. There are quite a lot of kinds of alpine plant in the surrounding, and it is selected to "the 100 famous Japanese mountains of flower" by Sumie Tanaka.[12]

Anemone narcissiflora Caltha palustris Paris japonica Ranunculus acris Siberian Dwarf Pine
Anemone narcissiflora in Mount Tsubakuro 2002-07-27.jpg
Caltha palustris Ryuukinka in hakusansyakadake 2002-6-28.jpg
Paris japonica Kinugasasou in Hakusan 2008-7-1.jpg
Ranunculus acris Miyamakinpouge in Hakusan 2010-6-11.jpg
Pinus pumila1.JPG


Nearby mountains[edit]

Hida Mountains seen from Mount Kurai
Image Mountain Elevation Distance
from the Top
20 Tateyama from Mikurigaike 1998-7-17.jpg Mt. Tate
3,015 m (9,892 ft) 13.7 km (8.5 mi) 100 Famous Japanese Mountains
Ecyuzawadake from Eboshidake 1997-8-14.jpg Mt. Ecchuzawa
2,591.42 m (8,502 ft) 6.2 km (3.9 mi)
Mount Akaushi from suishodake 1999-8-9.jpg Mt. Akaushi
2,864.23 m (9,397 ft) 5.3 km (3.3 mi) 200 Famous Japanese Mountains
Mount Yakushi from Mount Akaushi 1999-08-09.jpg Mt. Yakushi
2,926.01 m (9,600 ft) 0 km (0.0 mi) 100 Famous Japanese Mountains
Kitanomatadake from north side 1997-8-12.jpg Mt. Kitanamata
2,662 m (8,734 ft) 6.0 km (3.7 mi)
Mount Suisho from Mount jii 2004-8-13.JPG Mt. Suishō
2,986 m (9,797 ft) 7.0 km (4.3 mi) another name is Mount Kuro
100 Famous Japanese Mountains
Mount Kurobegoro from Mount Suisho 1999-08-09.jpg Mt. Kurobegorō
2,839.58 m (9,316 ft) 8.5 km (5.3 mi) 100 Famous Japanese Mountains


The mountain is the source of the following rivers, each of which flows to the Sea of Japan.[11]

Scenery of Mount Yakushi[edit]

from Mt. Kotanomata from Mt. Mitsumatarenge from Mt. Suishō from Mt. Subari
Mount Yakushi from Mount Kitanomata 1997-08-12.jpg
Mount Yakushi from Mount Mitsumatagenge 2000-08-17.jpg
Mount Yakushi from Suisho 2004-08-13.jpg
Kurobe Dam and Mount Yakushi from Mount Subari 2001-09-23.jpg


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