Mt.Daibosatsu (大菩薩嶺) is a 2056MASL mountain forest in Yamanashi Prefecture and is part of the Hyakumeizan or the 100 Famous Mountains of Japan. On clear days, it offers great views of Mt.Kumotori in the north and Mt.Fuji in the south. The ridge leading to the summit called Daibosatsu Pass (大菩薩峠) is said to be used during the Edo times as a trading route from Tokyo to the Yamanashi areas.
From the trail head, you will first have to walk about half an hour on a concrete road before reaching a tea house called Sengokuchaya (千石茶屋), where the actual trail begins. This leg takes about 45 minutes and ends in Kaminichikawa ridge parking lot (not sure how it is read 上日川峠) where several other trails to nearby mountains begin. Continue walking on the trail marked as 大菩薩峠 for about two more hours to reach the Daibosatsu pass. There are several huts along this junction where you can top-up your water supply. From the Daibosatsu pass marker, you will be able to spot Lake Daibosatsu aside from the surrounding mountains of Yamanashi, and it will take about one more hour of uphills and downhills, and a forested area to push your way up to the summit of the mountain. After taking a mandatory snap of the summit marker, go back on the trail until you exit the forest and take the right trail going down. This leg of the trail is a bit rocky, so watch your step! It will take about an hour before you reach the Kaminichikawa ridge parking lot where you will have to take the same trail all the way down to the tea house, and finally the bus stop. Tip: Make sure to grab a snack/beer at the Sengokuchaya and say hello to Mr. and Mrs. Takahashi. The jolly couple were very accommodating in offering us snacks and drinks inside their house while we were waiting for the rain to stop. Talk about Japanese hospitality (おもてなし). If you still have time, there is no better way to end a day in the mountains than a hot dip in a Japanese onsen to soothe those tired muscles. Daibosatsunoyu (大菩薩の湯) is just 10-minutes away from the trail head, so make sure to drop by!
From Hachioji station, hop on the Chuo Main Line bound for Matsumoto (ちゅお本線、松本行き) and stop at Enzan Station (塩山駅). You can then take the bus bound for the trail head (大菩薩嶺登山口) for a measly 300Yen. Click here for the bus schedule. The whole trail from the summit and back takes around 4-6 hours depending on your pace. The hike can be done year-round as long as you have proper equipment during winter. Maps can be obtained at the Enzan train station, or you can also buy a Yamatokogenchizu (山と高原地図) from bookstores near you.
- Mt.Daibosatsu (大菩薩嶺 2056MASL)