Hiking at Mt. Tsurugi

Enjoy one of the top views
Mt. Tsurugi, located adjacent to Iya Valley, is the second tallest mountain in western Japan—at 1,955 meters—and one of Japan’s 100 Famous Mountains. Despite its high elevation, the hike to the mountain’s summit is relatively easy thanks to a chairlift that brings you about half-way up.

The one-seated chairlift ascends about 330 meters and takes roughly 15 minutes. For the most direct route to the summit from the upper chairlift station, called Nishijima, follow the Ridge Trail Course, which takes about 40 minutes. For longer hikes that weave through the forested mountainside, take the Tsurugi Trail Course (60 minutes) or the Yuhodo (Promenade) Trail Course (80 minutes). You can also opt to bypass the chairlift and hike the entire way up to the summit from the Minokoshii trailhead, which takes about two hours one way. The top of the mountain is home to a shrine, bathrooms, mountain lodging huts, and wooden boardwalks that lead to scenic lookout points. In summer, enjoy expansive views of verdant mountaintops, and in autumn, admire the vibrant autumn foliage.
Address 〒778-0201 徳島県三好市東祖谷菅生
Telephone Number 0883-62-2772
Business HoursTsurugi chairlift:
Mid-April to November: 9:00–16:30 pm
Saturdays, Sundays, & holidays in October: 8:00–16:30 pm
Golden Week (week from the end of April to early May): 8:00–16:30 pm
August: 8:00–16:30 pm
Days Closed for BusinessTsurugi chairlift: December to mid-April
PriceAdults: 1,900 yen (round trip); 1,050 yen (one-way)
Children: 900 yen (round trip); 520 yen (one-way)

*Reduced pricing for groups of 25 or more and 60 or more
*Only accepts cash payment
DirectionsApprox. 90 mins drive from JR Sadamitsu Station on Route 438
ParkingA parking lot available near the Tsurugi chairlift
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Website Mt.Tsurugi Climbing Special Page