Mount Shirouma is one of the major peaks of the Hida Mountain Ranges – often referred to as the ‘North Alps’ – and known for its excellent hiking and mountaineering from late-spring through to autumn.
Sitting 2932 metres above sea level, it is the highest mountain in the Hakuba region of the mountain range, and somewhat unique in that it retains areas of snow throughout the year including the spectacular Hakuba Daisekkei.
Given the ease of access to the mountain from Hakuba Station and the Hakuba Happo Bus Terminal, trails can be busy on weekends and holidays. Several mountain lodges are on the mountain including two large guesthouses just shy of the summit. Summiting Shirouma from the trailhead takes around 10 hours so make sure to book ahead of time to ensure your bed and meal.
Climbing Mount Shirouma is suitable to anyone of reasonable fitness however it is also a serious and full-day undertaking. Ensure you are suitably prepared. Good quality clothing and footwear is essential. Large areas of snow and ice remain throughout the year so crampons may be required and rock slides are a danger. A daypack with supplies and gear suitable for alpine hiking is another must.
Always check-in with lodges to report that you are climbing and enjoy!