Grade IV : Class 3

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To get to the Nantai southern trailhead / torii / gate at Futarasan Shrine, you can get a public bus (45 minutes to 1 hour ride) from JR Nikko or Tobu Nikko train station or make a tour.  Futarasan is the name of the bus stop.

This southern gate is open between 5 May and 25 October.

It takes about 4-5 hours round trip to climb Mt. Nantai and there is a small fee to enter from Futarasan Shrine.

You will find Nantai Mountain and the trail on the Nikko tourist map (not a topographical map) available at the Nikko Tourist Information Center (Gokomachi).  A link to their .pdf is kept updated here.

The last 20% of the hike is like landing on the planet Mars, the volcanic strata is a rich reddish-purple and is everywhere and makes the area seem completely barren.

If you area lucky, you will see Mt. Fuji from the peak of Mt. Nantai, a distance of 175km apart!

There are two trails to climb Nantai Mountain. From the north, the trail head is a bit difficult to get to and requires a 4WD or else you’ll need to add an extra 2 hours each way to walk to it from the main road. The closest trailhead to get to is the southern one at the Torii (gate) of Futarasan Shrine at the foot of Lake Chuzenji.

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across from the bus stop #30, enter Futarasan Shrine through this gate
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“Mandatory”  ¥500 Donation to be paid at the shrine
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a little while up the trail, there is a little view of Lake Chuzenji
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Nantai service road becomes the trail
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through the gate is the hiking trail

Nantai service road becomes the trail, trail continues through the gate.  If you walk the road more, there’s a great view of Lake Chuzenji

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Chuzenji Lake, Hangetsu and Takayama
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Autumn foliage on Nantai
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Several gates can be found on Nantai
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Nantai Mountain marker
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above the clouds
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entering Mars on Nantai
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volcanic red sand
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Lake Chuzenji from Nantai hiking trail
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Senjogahara and Lake Yu – Yunoko from Nantai
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Nantai Mountain Hiking, gates and dragonflies
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gates on Nantai Mountain
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gate and Mt. Fuji from Nantai mountain
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Mt. Fuji from Nantai Mountain, Nikko Japan
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a gate above the clouds of Nantai Mountain
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a guard to the two mountains of Futarasan
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lanterns on Nantai mountain
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shrine on the peak of Nantai Mountain
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abandoned hut on the peak of Nantai
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Nyoho Mountain Peak on the right