Mt. Kanbo 寒峰 (Kampou) Day Hike in the Iya Valley

This is an 8.2km day loop hike starting near Ochiai village in the Iya Valley and finishing at the same location. The hike goal was to reach Mt. Kanbo (寒峰, 1604m) or 'Kampou' as the locals call it and return to our starting location. See below for a full post-hike report and links with information about... Continue Reading →

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Sasagamine 笹ヶ峰 via Kampuzan 寒風山 Overnight Hike

This is a 12.5km overnight return hike starting at the Kanpuzan entrance carpark (寒風山登山口) in Ino-cho and finishing at the same location. Loop hiking options can be seen on the Yamareco/Yamakei websites. The hike passes Kampuzan (寒風山, 1763m) on the way to Sasagamine (笹ヶ峰, 1860m). You can camp or stay at the  Maruyamasou (丸山荘) mountain... Continue Reading →

Kuishiyama 工石山 Easy Day Hike

Not to be confused with the nearby (and more remote) mountain of the same name (see my Oku-Kuishiyama report), Kuishiyama is a 1176.4m peak located in the mountains north of Kochi city on the border with Tosa-cho. If you're looking for an easy half-day hike not too far from the city, that has beautiful scenery... Continue Reading →

Mt. Higashi-Akaishi 東赤石山 to Besshi Mine 旧別子銅山跡 Overnight Hike

This is a 14km overnight loop hike to Mt. Higashi-Akaishi (東赤石山, 1706m) and finishing at the Old Besshi Copper Mine entrance (旧別子銅山跡). The hike also passes Mt. Akaishi (赤石山), Mt. Hachimaki (八巻山) and Mt. Nishi-Akaishi (西赤石山). We stayed at the Ikanatsu Sansou (赤石山荘). The cabin is private so you'll need to call 0897-55-4831 and make... Continue Reading →

Oku-Kuishiyama(奥工石山) Overnight Hike

This hike to Oku Kuishiyama (奥工石山, 1516m) also Tajikawa Kuishiyama (立川工石山) starts and finishes in Otoyo-cho at the Kuishiyama mountain hut (工石山山荘). Accessing to the mountain hut is by car however it requires driving on dirt/gravel roads for 10km once you pass Tajikawa (立川). During winter the road may be covered in snow and after... Continue Reading →

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