Mount Tsurugi Trekking Guide

Hello, I’m Mio! Today, I will introduce Mount Tsurugi, located in Tokushima Prefecture. With an elevation of 1,955 meters, Mount Tsurugi is the second highest mountain in western Japan and one of Shikoku’s famous peaks. Here’s a 2-minute guide to trekking on Mount Tsurugi.

Course Overview

Mount Tsurugi offers several trekking routes:

  1. Chairlift Route: The sightseeing chairlift makes it easy to access the summit. The lift ascends about 330 meters in 15 minutes. From the top station, it’s a 30-45 minute hike to the summit via the Ridge Trail Course. Alternatively, the Tsurugi Trail Course (60 minutes) or the Yuhodo Promenade Trail Course (80 minutes) offer longer hikes through the forested mountainside​.
  2. Full Hike: For those preferring a full hike, the trail from the Minokoshii trailhead to the summit takes about 2 hours. This route provides a more immersive experience through the lush, seasonal landscapes​​.


  1. Summit of Mount Tsurugi: The summit offers breathtaking 360-degree panoramic views. In summer, enjoy verdant mountaintops, and in autumn, admire the vibrant foliage.
  2. Tsurugi Shrine: Located at the summit, Tsurugi Shrine provides a historical and spiritual touch to your trekking experience. The summit also features mountain huts and viewing platforms​.
  3. Seasonal Beauty: Enjoy the beauty of each season—from the fresh greenery in spring, colorful flowers in summer, to the stunning autumn foliage and serene winter snowscapes​​.


  • Wear trekking shoes and dress appropriately for the weather.
  • Check the latest weather forecast and take necessary safety precautions.
  • Carry out all trash to help protect the environment.
  • Consider guided tours for added safety on certain routes.


To access Mount Tsurugi, it’s a 2-hour drive from JR Tokushima Station. The nearest station is JR Sadamitsu, from where you can take a bus or taxi to the trailhead. The sightseeing chairlift operates from mid-April to November, with peak seasons on weekends and holidays​​.

Enjoy your trekking adventure on Mount Tsurugi and create wonderful memories!

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