At 3,015m, Tateyama is one of Japan's tallest mountains, and is considered one of both Japan's Three Famous Mountains and Japan's Three Holy Mountains. Though often referred to as a single mountain, Tateyama is actually a collection of three mountain peaks: Oyama(雄山), Onanjiyama(大汝山), and Fuji no Oritate(富士ノ折立). When people talk of climbing Tateyama, they are usually referring to Oyama, which has holy significance. Heavy snowfall makes climbing Tateyama difficult for much of the year, but when the snows sufficiently thaw, visitors can enjoy a beautiful alpine environment with opportunities for hiking, climbing, relaxation, or perhaps a spiritual journey or two.
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Toyama is a popular starting point for day expeditions to climb Tateyama. Return trip tickets can be purchased from Toyama Dentetsu station (next to JR Toyama), for about ¥5000. An early start is advised and so is checking the weather beforehand. The journey comprises about one hour by train, then a transfer to the Bijodaira cable car (funicular), followed by a 50 minute bus trip.
Check out the Murodo crater lake before beginning the ascent, which may be a challenging climb for the inexperienced. Of the triple-peaked Tateyama range, the most popular climb is the peak named Oyama, from which, on a clear day, it is possible to see Mt Fuji.