Minami Zao Zyusouro (Minamizao Traverse Trail)

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Minami Zao Zyusouro (Minamizao Traverse Trail) Reviews

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A Guide to Minami Zao Traverse Trail (Mt. Byobu/Mt. Minami Byobu/Mt. Fubo) Aug 06, 2011
1. Overview

From Mt. Katta, there’s a trail to go on to a traverse down to Mt. Fubo. You can enjoy the great view and walk in the sky. The elevation gain is not so much and it’s pretty easy from Mt. Katta to Mt. Minami Byobu, but it can get a bit tricky around Mt. Fubo because there are rocks all over and you may need to climb on the rock sometimes. Be sure to wear proper shoes and gloves in order to avoid getting injured.

From the top of Mt. Katta, you can see a very great view of Lake Chomei and other Zao ranges. And if you visit in early summer, you can also enjoy alpine flowers all over.

There’s no water supply or shops once you get in the trail, so be sure to get well prepared.

The trail between Suzuriishi and Mt. Fubo are slippery but there are tons of signs so you can’t get lost as long as you are walking along the trail.

2. How to get there?

From Shiroishi, you need to take a Shichigashuku municipal bus service, and take a transit at Shichigashuku municipal office to Chomei area. It’s approximately 30 mins walk from Chomeiko Bus stop to the beginning of the trail (Suzuriishi).

There’s free shuttle bus available from Shiroishi Ski Park to Shiroishi station on weekends, and it requires prior reservation if you want to take it.

I had to hitchhike from Fubo area because I missed the last bus 

* Shichigashuku bus timetable:

Shiroishi-Shichigashuku

http://town.shichikashuku.miyagi.jp/benri/access/data/00000033-01.pdf

Shichigashuku-Chomei

http://town.shichikashuku.miyagi.jp/benri/access/data/00000034-01.pdf

3. Where to sleep?

If you are an expert hiker, not having huge loads, and start very early in the morning, you can do a “round trip” of this trail within a day, but it can be a bit hard for beginners or those who don’t have cars.

As I mentioned in another review about Mt. Kumano/Mt. Katta, staying one of the 3 huts could be an option.

There used to be a Youth Hostel near Suzuriishi gate, but it was closed when I visited there in 2011, August. You should check if it’s open or not in prior.

4. In Case of Emergency

Shiroishi Police Station is taking care of this area, and in case of the emergency, you should contact them or call 110.
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