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Yamadera sideway 2015/4/24 19:01
I've planned to travel to Yamadera on October. Anyway, recently, I read Yamadera report by schauwecker, and it sound awesome. So I decide to follow this path. However, I have questions as follow;

- My initial schedule to Yamadera will be Oct. 13. Will the leaf change color yet?

- The report said they got off the train at Omoshiroyama Kogen station, and walk through steep ravine. Is this path possible for someone who know zero Japanese? Is the path safe for travel alone (I'm a guy though)?

- My trip should start at Omoshiroyama Kogen station around 8:06 AM. And I plan to travel back to Tsuruoka, from Yamadera, around 13:57. So I have roughly 6 hours to walk 7 Km. from Omoshiroyama Kogen to Yamadera, hike 1000 steps to the temple. Is this possible?

Many thanks in advance for all the suggestions.
by BitzB  

Re: Yamadera sideway 2015/5/3 17:12
According to Yamagata Tourism Association official website, the leaves change color as follows:
šat Yamadera: between the middle decade of October and the last decade of October
šat Omoshiroyama: between the first decade of October and the middle decade of October

Since the leaves turn red and yellow faster when the temperature gets low; slower when the temperature gets high, we cannot tell for sure, but at least Oct. 13 is within this changing of the color season.

I have only been to the temple by bus and never been to this path before, so I do not have the answers to the rest of your questions. But I found this report of a Japanese hiker going the path in September 2014.

On the map, the blue squre on the right is Omoshiroyama and two squares on the left side are Yamadera. The path seems downhill, starting from the right to left on the map. As far as I see on the pictures on other websites, the signs are only written in Japanese on wooden plates.

The distance between Omoshiroyama and Yamadera might be a little more than 7 km, but you still have the way to go up to the Yamadera temple located high on the mountain. The Yamadera offcial website says that it takes one hour and a half if you enjoy the whole site of Yamadera. It might depend on how much you hope to see Yamadera temple itself.

Hope these informations might help you judge.
by yagi (guest) rate this post as useful

Re: Yamadera sideway 2015/5/4 00:45
Thanks a bunch to Yagi for these useful information.
by BitzB rate this post as useful

Re: Yamadera sideway 2015/5/26 06:28
The link doesn't work. I plan to visit Yamadera on October 25-28,2015. I'm going to take the Yamadera side way with my friend so I'm looking for the latest posts about this trail.
There are some old posts: (english) (Russian)

Unfortunately, I couldn't find any posts dated 2013-2015
by Okedzumi rate this post as useful

Re: Yamadera sideway 2015/5/26 06:31
I'm sorry! The link to the post dated 2014 works
by Okedzumi rate this post as useful

Re: Yamadera sideway 2015/5/29 16:25
Many thanks to Okedzumi. Those are very useful link.

Wonder why they recommend 'Do not travel alone' though. Anyway, I will definitely be there.
by BitzB (guest) rate this post as useful

Re: Yamadera sideway 2015/10/17 23:20
Hello everyone,

do you know if this sideway path is passable during winter?

I'm planning to visit Yamadera from Sendai around January 2/3/4 (not decided yet) and I'd like arrive there walking by this sideway path from Omoshiroyama Kogen.

What about Ice, snow and river water level?
by FrankIT rate this post as useful

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