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To get to the Nantai southern trailhead / torii / gate at Futarasan Shrine, you can get a public bus (45 minutes to 1 hour ride) from JR Nikko or Tobu Nikko train station or make a tour.  Futarasan is the name of the bus stop.

This southern gate is open between 5 May and 25 October.

It takes about 6-7 hours round trip to climb Mt. Nantai and there is a small fee to enter from Futarasan Shrine.

You will find Nantai Mountain and the trail on the Nikko tourist map (not a topographical map) available at the Nikko Tourist Information Center (Gokomachi).  A link to their .pdf is kept updated here.

The last 20% of the hike is like landing on the planet Mars, the volcanic strata is a rich reddish-purple and is everywhere and makes the area seem completely barren.

If you area lucky, you will see Mt. Fuji from the peak of Mt. Nantai, a distance of 175km apart!

There are two trails to climb Nantai Mountain. From the north, the trail head is a bit difficult to get to and requires a 4WD or else you’ll need to add an extra 2 hours each way to walk to it from the main road. The closest trailhead to get to is the southern one at the Torii (gate) of Futarasan Shrine at the foot of Lake Chuzenji.

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it all starts here; trail head across from bus stop 28.

it all starts here; trail head across from bus stop 28.

across from the bus stop, enter Futarasan Shrine through this gate

across from the bus stop, enter Futarasan Shrine through this gate

a little while up the trail, there is a little view of Lake Chuzenji

a little while up the trail, there is a little view of Lake Chuzenji

Nantai service road becomes the trail

Nantai service road becomes the trail

Nantai service road becomes the trail, trail continues through the gate.  If you walk the road more, there's a great view of Lake Chuzenji

Nantai service road becomes the trail, trail continues through the gate.  If you walk the road more, there's a great view of Lake Chuzenji

Chuzenji Lake, Hangetsu and Takayama

Chuzenji Lake, Hangetsu and Takayama

Autumn foliage on Nantai

Autumn foliage on Nantai

Several gates can be found on Nantai

Several gates can be found on Nantai

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Nantai Mountain Hiking 30

monuments above the cloud line

monuments above the cloud line

entering Mars on Nantai

entering Mars on Nantai

volcanic red sand

volcanic red sand

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Nantai Mountain Hiking 43

Senjogahara and Lake Yu - Yunoko from Nantai

Senjogahara and Lake Yu - Yunoko from Nantai

Senjogahara and Lake Yu - Yunoko from Nantai

Senjogahara and Lake Yu - Yunoko from Nantai

Nantai Mountain Hiking, gates and dragonflies

Nantai Mountain Hiking, gates and dragonflies

gates on Nantai Mountain

gates on Nantai Mountain

Nantai Mountain Hiking

Nantai Mountain Hiking

Nantai Mountain Hiking

Nantai Mountain Hiking

Mt. Fuji from Nantai Mountain, Nikko Japan

Mt. Fuji from Nantai Mountain, Nikko Japan

a gate above the clouds of Nantai Mountain

a gate above the clouds of Nantai Mountain

a guard to the two mountains of Futarasan

a guard to the two mountains of Futarasan

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shrine on the peak of Nantai Mountain

shrine on the peak of Nantai Mountain

abandoned hut on the peak of Nantai

abandoned hut on the peak of Nantai

Nyoho Mountain Peak on the far right

Nyoho Mountain Peak on the far right

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