Mount Kasa

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Mount Kasa
Kasagatake form yarigatake 1995 05 05.jpg
Mount Kasa from Mount Yari
Highest point
Elevation 2,897.48 m (9,506.2 ft) [1]
Listing List of mountains in Japan
100 Famous Japanese Mountains
Coordinates 36°18′55″N 137°37′00″E / 36.31528°N 137.61667°E / 36.31528; 137.61667Coordinates: 36°18′55″N 137°37′00″E / 36.31528°N 137.61667°E / 36.31528; 137.61667[2]
Pronunciation [kasaɡatake]
Parent range Hida Mountains
Topo map Geospatial Information Authority 25000:1 笠ヶ岳[2]
50000:1 上高地
First ascent 1683(Enkū)
Easiest route Hike

Mount Kasa (笠ヶ岳 Kasa-ga-take?) is one of the 100 Famous Japanese Mountains, reaching the height of 2,897 m (9,505 ft). It is situated in Japan's Hida Mountains in Gifu Prefecture and in Chūbu-Sangaku National Park.[3] The shape of the mountain looks like the Umbrella("Kasa"-笠) in the triangle. Therefore, it became this name.[4] There are many mountains with same name in Japan and this is the tallest.


  • In 1683 – It was said that Enkū had opened this mountain.[5]
  • In 1894, August 2 – Englishman Walter Weston had climbed on the top.[6]
  • In 1913, August – Usui Kojima had climbed on the top.[5]
  • In 1932 – Mountain hut of Kasa Mountain Cottage (笠ヶ岳山荘) was constructed near the top.[7]
  • In 1934, December 4 – This area was specified to the Chūbu-Sangaku National Park.[3]
  • In 1964 – "Kasa-shin-dō"(笠新道) of the new Trail had been made.[4] Then it is the main route to the Mount Kasa.
  • In 1993 – Postage stamp of Mount Kasa and Takayama Festival was put on the market by the Ministry of Posts and Telecommunications (Japan).[8]
  • In 1995 – Sumie Tanaka (田中澄江 Tanaka Sumie) completed New Flowers of the 100 Mountains, which featured many of the Alpine plant(Trollius japonicus シナノキンバイ and others) on Mount Kasa.[9]


Main ascent routes[edit]

Hida Mountains and Mountain hut (Kasa Mountain Cottage) from the top

There are three climbing routes to the top of the mountain.[10][11]

Shin-Hotaka Onsen(新穂高温泉) – Mount Nukedo – Kasa Mountain Cottage – Mount Kasa
Valley Kuriya
Nakao-Kōgen-guchi(中尾高原口) – Valley Kuriya – Mount Kasa
Traverses Route of Northern Japanese Alps(Hida Mountains) from north side
Mount Sugoroku – Mount Yumiori – Mount Nukedo – Kasa Mountain Cottage – Mount Kasa

Mountain hut[edit]

Thera are several Mountain hut around Mount Kasa.[11] Around Shin-Hotaka-Onsen, there are many hot spring (Onsen) to take the tiredness and to relax.

  • Kasa Mountain Cottage (笠ヶ岳山荘) – near the top (with Campsite)
  • Wasabi-Daira Hut (ワサビ平小屋) – near the entrance of Kasa-shin-dō
  • Kagami-Daira Mountain Cottage (鏡平山荘) – near the Pond Kagami(鏡池)
  • Sugoroku Hut (双六小屋) – between Mount Sugoroku and Mount Momisawa (with Campsite)


Alpine plant(Trollius japonicus シナノキンバイ ) in Shakushi-daira around Mount Kasa

It is the mountain that consists chiefly of the Porphyry (geology).[4] The higher region than Shakushi-daira(杓子平) are the forest limit of Siberian Dwarf Pine belt, and the place that Alpine plant grows naturally and Rock Ptarmigan live.

Nearby mountains[edit]

Mount Kasa is on the subridge (from Mount Sugoroku) of the main ridge line in the southern part of the Hida Mountains.[10] There are Mount Shakujō and Mount Ōkibanotsuji on the southern ridge.

Mount Yari and Mount Hotaka from Mount Kasa before the sunrise
Image Mountain Elevation Distance
from the Top
Mount Yari from Mount Kasa 2002-8-29.jpg Mt. Yari
3,180 m (10,433 ft) 9.2 km (5.7 mi) 100 Famous Japanese Mountains
Mount kasa from North 1996-7-28.jpg Mt. Kasa
2,897 m (9,505 ft) 0 km (0.0 mi) 100 Famous Japanese Mountains
Mount Shakujo from Kuriyatani 2002-8-29.jpg Mt. Shakujō
2,168 m (7,113 ft) 3.8 km (2 mi) Rock climbing on the rock peak
Mount Hotaka from Mount Kasa 2002-8-29.jpg Mt. Hotaka
3,190 m (10,466 ft) 9.2 km (6 mi) Tallest mountain in Hida Mountains
100 Famous Japanese Mountains
Mount Haku from Kasa 2002-8-29.jpg Mt. Haku
2,702 m (8,865 ft) 72.3 km (44.9 mi) Tallest mountain in Ishikawa Prefecture
100 Famous Japanese Mountains


The mountain is the source of the following rivers, each of which flows to the Sea of Japan.[11]



  1. ^ "Information inspection service of the Triangulation station". Geospatial Information Authority of Japan,(高山-上高地-笠ヶ岳). Retrieved December 1, 2010. 
  2. ^ a b "Map inspection service". Geospatial Information Authority of Japan,(高山-上高地-笠ヶ岳). Retrieved December 1, 2010. 
  3. ^ a b "Chūbu-Sangaku National Park". Ministry of the Environment (Japan). Retrieved December 1, 2010. 
  4. ^ a b c "Dictionary of name of Japanese mountain(日本山名辞典)". Sanseido,ISBN 4-385-15403-1,p122. 1992. 
  5. ^ a b "1000 Japanese Mountains". YAMA-KEI Publishers,ISBN 4-635-09025-6. 1992. 
  6. ^ "Mountaineeraing and exploration in Japanese alps, (in 1896 by Walter Weston)" (new ed.). translated into Japanese (日本アルプスの登山と探検),Iwanami Shoten, ISBN 4-00-334741-2. 2005. 
  7. ^ "The story of mountain huts in Northern Japanese Alps". Tokyo Shimbun, ISBN 4-8083-0374-4. 1997. 
  8. ^ "100 Famous Japanese Mountains with postmark of stamp with the scenery". Hukurōsha, ISBN 978-4-89806-276-0. 2007. 
  9. ^ "New Flowers of the 100 Mountains (新・花の百名山)". Bunsyunbunko, by Sumie Tanaka, ISBN 4-16-731304-9. 1995. 
  10. ^ a b "Alpen guide Kamikōchi,Mount Yari and Mount Hotaka (アルペンガイド)". YAMA-KEI Publishers,ISBN 4-635-01319-7. 2000. 
  11. ^ a b c "Mountain and plateau map, Mount Yari, Mount Hotaka and Kamikōchi (山と高原地図)". Shobunsha Publications,ISBN 978-4-398-75717-3. 2010. 

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