Mt. Odai in Nara Prefecture and Mie Prefecture

Mt. Odai in Nara Prefecture and Mie Prefecture

Mt. Odai

It is a plateau-like mountainous area with the highest peak being Hidegadake (1,695m).
It consists of East-Odai and West-Odai.
East-Odai, where the main view is located, can be entered without reservation.
Visitors to West-Odai are required to go through prior procedures. (link:

With annual precipitation of over 3,500mm, the area has the cliffs of Daijagura, magnificent canyon beauty, and a rich virgin forest of spruce and beech trees.
You can also see many different kinds of mosses growing there, such as Pogonatum japonicum and Bartramiopsis lescurii (James) Kindb.

It is also a habitat for black bears, so it is a good idea to bring a bear bell.

If you stay in the vicinity of Kamikitayama Village, you will have less distance to travel and have better access to Mt. Odaigahara and Mt. Omine.
But there are no stores, so prepare food in advance!

And we based ourselves at the “Minshuku hyaku nen”.
Reservations can be made directly from the website.
HP: https://www.minsyuku100nen.comWe were able to relax in a very relaxing guest house.




This mountain is very inaccessible, especially if you take public transportation.
It is best to rent a car.

Plan 1. 
It is recommended to take JAL or ANA to Kansai Airport (KIX) and then rent a car to go to Mt. Omine.
Head for the parking lot at the west exit of the Gyojagaeri Tunnel. Approximately 2 hours.
  Kansai Airport HP :
Gyojagaeri Tunn parking lot : 1,000 yen.

Rent a car
other company
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Plan 2.

  1. Kansai Airport (KIX)  -> Sta. Shimoichiguchi : approximately 2 hours, 2,500 yen.
      Kansai Airport HP :
  2. Sta. Shimoichiguchi  -> Sta. Amakawakawai
    Take the bus bound for “Dorogawa Onsen [2]” or “Nakaiosumi [7]” and get off at Amakawakawai. approximately 1 hours, 1,100 yen.
About Misen Hut
If you wish to stay overnight at the Yayasan Hut located at the top of Mt. Misen.




  • Total distance: 7.04km
  • Elevation at highest point: 1680m
  • Lowest point elevation: 1426m
  • Cumulative elevation: 379m
There is a possibility that the roads to access the park are closed for the winter until late April.
This time it was pretty soon after it was lifted.
It’s a little hard to find, but if you zoom in on the map in “Nara Prefecture Road Regulation Information,” you’ll find the information, so check it out before you go!
When I was planning, I noticed that Google Maps didn’t show the route for some reason…

Departure from parking lot!

Hidegadake is located on East Odai, and is the highest point.
There are no toilets at East Odai, so the last thing you need is one in the parking lot!

We were told that the Dokura Hut was closed for overnight and tenting.
We were told to use the Awadani Hut a little further down the road.


In the beginning, you can feel the picnic very much.


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