Guide to Hachimantai!

Hachimantai, located in Hachimantai City, Iwate Prefecture, is an alpine marshland dotted with swamps and ponds.

While winters are harsh, visitors can enjoy beautiful scenery with lush green trees in summer.

The overwhelming scale of this marshland is astonishing.

Visiting Hachimantai.

Early Aug.

▼ The scenery at the top of the mountain is not that good, so the marshland is the main focus.

▼ Summer is colored in blue and green.

▼Crater lakes such as Hachimanuma are scattered throughout the area.

Early Oct.

▼ The grass is stained with autumn leaves.

▼ Crater Lake is also in an autumnal pattern.

Walking in Hachimantai.

Equipment in early August

In good weather, even light equipment such as sneakers and T-shirts can be enjoyed.

▼The path is paved and easy to walk on.

▼In the marshland section, a wooden path is maintained.

Equipment in early October

During the fall foliage season, it can get cold depending on the weather.

A windbreaker or other warm clothing is essential.

If you are going to touch equipment such as cameras, you should also have gloves.


▼The time and other information are also listed and can be used as a guide for your exploration.

You can see the whole area by going in a clockwise direction, starting from the marshland section, then Hachiman-numa, Gama-numa, summit, Megane-numa, and Kagami-numa, in that order.

This will take about one and a half to two hours.

Touring Hachimantai


private automobile

40 minutes from Matsuo-Hachimantai IC of Tohoku Expressway via Hachimantai Aspite Line

Hachimantai Aspite Line: This can be enjoyed as a driving course. (Open from mid-April to early November)

public transportation

Iwate Kenpoku Bus

Morioka Station→Hachimantai Summit (110 min.)



There are several restrooms on the Aspite Line to Hachimantai, at the rest house, and on the way to the marshland.

It is better to use the restrooms closer to the ground due to their environmental impact.

Parking lot

There is a fairly large parking lot.

In addition to the paid parking closest to the rest house, there are several other parking lots.

Hachimantai Summit Rest House

It has all necessary facilities such as souvenirs, food, and restrooms.

It is very convenient as it is just a short walk from the bus stop and parking lot.

Operating period: Mid-April to early November

Business hours: 9:00~17:00

Ryounso: Free all year round, toilets available

▼Interior of Ryounso


Hachimantai is a marshland that is easily accessible and offers very beautiful scenery.

Because the trails are short and flat, and the rest houses are well equipped, even beginners can enjoy the area safely.

Since it is in the northeastern part of Japan, we recommend that you visit from late July to early August when the climate is stable and the contrast between the blue sky and the green-colored marshland is beautiful.

It is also one of the 100 most famous mountains in Japan.

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