Mt. Hakusan Hike

Mt. Hakusan is one of Japan's most beautiful mountains, along with Mt. Fuji and Mt. Tateyama. The top part of the mountain is composed of three peaks: Gozen-ga-mine (2,702m), Onanji-mine (2,684m) and Ken-ga-mine (2,677m). It was known as "Shirayama" or "Koshi-no-shirane" a long time ago, and those names appear in waka poems. Legend says that Taicho, a Buddhist monk from the Echizen area, was the first to climb Mt. Hakusan and to train there in 717, and his ascent was the beginning of pilgrimage mountain climbing. Hakusan Okumiya Shrine is at the top of Gozen-ga-mine, which is full of alpine plants. The mountain slope is covered with a primeval forest of beech and other trees. Hiking up Mt. Hakusan is a wonderful experience in spectacular surroundings. As the sunrise and the starry sky seen from Mt. Hakusan are very beautiful, the best choice is to climb the mountain on a sunny day. About 40 species of wild animals including stoats, wild goats and Japanese macaques have been confirmed to be living on the mountain. Since Mt. Hakusan can be climbed with relative ease, many mountain-climbers enjoy the mountain every year.

Access

By car

From Toyama, Niigata, Nagano or Tokyo to Shiramine/Betto-deai
  • Hokuriku Expressway: Exit at Hakusan IC
  • Go to Hakusan area on Route 157
  • Go to Katsuyama/Shiramine
  • Turn left at the Shiramine intersection and continue on prefectural road # 33 of Hakusan Koen Line (1 hr.)
  • Go to Betto-deai parking lot through Ichinose (40min)
    Parking: 200 vehicles (Free)
From Nagoya or Gifu to Shiramine/Betto-deai
  • Tokaido Expressway: Exit at Hakucho IC (Abura-zaka)
  • Go to Ono/Katsuyama area on Route 158
  • Turn right at the Nagayama-machi intersection and enter Route 157 (2 hrs. and 30min)
  • Continue in the Kanazawa/Shiramine direction, turn right at the Shiramine intersection (30min), and enter Prefectural road # 33 of Hakusan Koen line
  • Go to Betto-deai parking lot through Ichinose (40min)
    Parking: 200 vehicles (Free)
From Fukui, Shiga or Osaka to Shiramine/Betto-deai
  • Meishin Expressway
  • Hokuriku Expressway: Exit at Fukui-North IC
  • Go to Katsuyama on Route 416
  • Turn left at the Kouri-machi intersection and enter Route 157 (40min)
  • Continue to Kanazawa/Shiramine, turn left at the Shiramine intersection, and enter Prefectural road #33, Hakusan Koen Line (30min)
  • Go to Betto-deai parking lot through Ishinose (40min)
    Parking: 200 vehicles (Free)
From Shiramine to Betto-deai
  • Take Prefectural road #33 (30min) to Betto-deai via Ichinose. (40 min)
    Parking: 200 vehicles (Free)

[Notes]

  • In the "my-car" control season (July ~ Oct.), park in the Ichinose parking lot (700 vehicles, free) and take the shuttle bus (charged) to Betto-deai, where the trailhead is.
  • Prefectural road #33 Hakusan Koen Line may be closed due to weather conditions. Please pay close attention to the forecast, and do not climb the mountain if it is likely to rain heavily. In addition, in the off-season, the road may be closed. Please check the situation beforehand.
  • Inquiries: Ishikawa Prefectural General Office of Public Works: TEL 076-272-1188

By JR

From Tokyo
  • Hokuriku Shinkansen
  • Kanazawa Station
    The next morning, take the "Hakusan Tozan Bus" to Betto-deai.
From Nagoya/Maibara
  • JR Limited Express "Shirasagi"
  • Kanazawa Station
    The next morning, take the "Hakusan Tozan Bus" to Betto-deai.
From Osaka
  • JR Limited Express "Thunderbird"
  • Kanazawa Station
    The next morning, take the "Hakusan Tozan Bus" to Betto-deai.

Hakusan Tozan Bus (about 2 hrs.)

During the climbing season, take the Hakusan Tozan Bus from JR Kanazawa Station Kenrokuen exit (Platform #1) and get off at Betto-deai.
Inquiries: Hokuriku Railroad Telephone Service Center: Tel 076-237-5115

By Plane (Komatsu Airport)

By taxi
  • In the climbing season, Komatsu Taxi's "Hakusan Tozan Express" (reservation required) is convenient.
    Inquiries: Komatsu Taxi (reservation required) toll-free number: 0120-87-0887
By rental car (about 2 hrs.)
  • Drive from Komatsu Airport to Yoshinodani via Torigoe on Route 360, and turn right at the Yoshinodani intersection in the direction of Katsuyama/Shiramine and enter Route 157.

[Note]

In the "my-car" control season (July ~ Oct.), park in the Ichinose parking lot (700 vehicles, free), take the shuttle bus (charged) and get off at Betto-deai, where the trailhead is.
Or take the bus to Kanazawa Station from the airport.
The next morning, take the Hakusan Tozan Bus from Kanazawa Station Kenrokuen exit (Platform #1) and get off at Betto-deai (last stop).

Accommodation Reservations and Inquiries

Reservations are accepted by telephone or at the reception counter starting at 9:00am on April 1 every year. (Please be aware that the reservation counter is not only for reservations.)
Reservation Center for Hakusan Murodo/Raicho-so: Tel 076-273-1001

* If you call at the beginning of April, you may not get through to the receptionist right away, because the line will be busy.

For further information, please see the following website: "Hakusan Tozan Best Guide".

Hakusan (NationalPark) Mountain Climing Information