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Hiking Nyoho Mountain Nikko Japan is simply beautiful. It’s location is tucked away northeast of Nantai Mountain and it’s trailhead is a bit difficult to get to. It is a good idea to hike to the hut between Nantai and Nyoho and climb Nyoho at first light on day 2.

There are always fewer hikers on Nyoho Mountain than the nearby hiking trails of Shirane and Nantai mountains.  The easiest way to get to the trailhead at Shizu hut is by a 4×4 vehicle.

It’s a steady climb for most parts of the trail with great views and barren landscapes.  A beautiful aspect of climbing Nyoho is that there aren’t many objects  in view to distract the feeling of being hundreds of kilometers from of civilization.  Most of what you see is sky and mountains.

warm fire over the night
warm fire over the night
old sign post near hut
old sign post near hut
incoming clouds
incoming clouds
barren landscapes
barren landscapes
clouds pusing up the hills
clouds pusing up the hills
more clouds
more clouds
the approaching peak of Nyoho Mountain
the approaching peak of Nyoho Mountain
the approaching peak of Nyoho Mountain
the approaching peak of Nyoho Mountain
last steps require climbing with a chain
last steps require climbing with a chain
Nyoho Peak sign
Nyoho Peak sign
Nyoho Mountain summit above the clouds
Nyoho Mountain summit above the clouds
weather washed trail markers
weather washed trail markers
shrine on Nyoho Mountain peak
shrine on Nyoho Mountain peak
on Nyoho peak: above the clouds
on Nyoho peak: above the clouds
descending Nyoho peak: into the mist
descending Nyoho peak: into the mist
abstract trees surrounded by mist
abstract trees surrounded by mist
descent into gothic mist
descent into gothic mist
mist encompasses the trail
mist encompasses the trail