Rules and manners in hiking Kuju mountains
It is indispensable to have the proper knowledge about nature and hiking when you hike mountains.
For the safety of hiking and conservation of precious nature in Kuju, it is everyone’s duty to observe the rules and the manners.
1. Plan carefully before hiking
Most of hiking accidents such as getting lost result from a lack of preparation. It is indispensable to check a map or a website and confirm the schedule, time designation, hiking courses, and so on. Know your limit and choose the course to fit your level.
In case of hiking in a group, share the schedule with all members of your party.
2. Be prepared well
It is dangerous to hike with shoes and clothing which are not suitable for hiking. Enough water, a map, a compass, and rain wears are indispensable for hiking. In winter, you may need a pair of light crampons and the items to walk on snow. Check the conditions and the weather of the mountain beforehand, and pack necessary items to avoid troubles.
contact: Chojabaru Visitor Center Tel: 0973-79-2154
3. Post your hiking registration form
Hiking registration form can be a clue to find you when you are involved in an accident or a trouble in the mountain. Before you go into the mountain , it is important to fill in the necessary information and post your hiking registration form. Each trailhead has a post for the form. It is also possible to submit the form on the website:
Oita Prefecture Police Headquarters website about hiking registration form Oita Prefecture Police Headquarters website: Reception page for a hiking registration form
4. Go to the restroom before starting
The mountaineering toilets are different from the restrooms in town. The toilet in mountains, such as a bio-toilet, cannot deal with much dirt. It also harms nature directly when you defecate and leave trashes such as toilet papaer in the mountain. To protect the nature, it is important to go to the restroom before hiking. (At Kuju-wakare, it is required to donate 100 yen for the use of the composting toilet. It closesd during winter)
5. Refrain from hiking with your pets
There is a risk that your pet and wild animals could be infected each other. Your pet also could frighten or bother other hikers on the narrow trails. Please refrain from hiking with your pet.
6. Use the rubber tips
Hikers can stick the trail ground with the sharp tips of their trekking poles, and damage the trails.To reduce the impact of the poles on the trail,use the rubber tips on your trekking poles.
7. Stay on the trail
Each mountain has the dangerous points or the areas for protecting its vegetation. To prevent hikers from entering these areas, we set the “no entry” signs or extend ropes along these areas. Straying from the route and walking on the plants can damage trails and the ecosystem. Please follow the existing trails.
8. Respect wild plants and animals
The Kuju Range is a national park where precious nature and wildlife are well preserved up to the present time. Do not pick wild plants, catch wild creatures or harm them.
9. Leave no trace
There is no trash box in the mountain or at the trailhead. It is your responsibility to take your trash back home.
10. Be careful in handling a fire
A forest fire could break out due to a hiker’s carelessness, such as throwing cigarette away or pulling the portable gas burner down. To prevent precious nature and wildlife from being destroyed by fire, it is essential to handle fire with the greatest care. It is also forbidden to cook with a fire in the mountain ( using a fire is allowed only at the cooking space in the camp site). In a public parking area, it is forbidden to camp,cook,do laundry, and use a fire.
Mountain weather in Kuju
The weather conditions in a mountain change rapidly and can be rainy unexpectedly. The temperature in a mountain is lower and the wind blows stronger windy and cold than in towns. The mountain peak has no trees , so it is very cold and windy.
It is necessary to check the weather in the mountain before hiking. Depending on the weather condition, you need to change or cancel your hiking plan.
When “unsettled weather”, “stormy weather”, “strong wind warning”, or “lightning warning” are predicted, hikers must be pay special attention to the mountain weather conditions.
During the winter season (from December to February), attaching the snow chains to your automobile is required depending on the snow and the road condition. Before leaving home, check the road condition and the traffic information.
Oita Prefecture Road Condition Information Service
(You can also check the condition of Makinoto trailhead on a video captured by a live camera.)
Information about national park and mountain hiking
|Chojabaru Visitor Center||0973-79-2154|
Tourist information office in Kuju Region(tourist facilities・accommodations)
|Kokonoe-machi tourism association||0973-73-5505|
|Kuju・Handa Plateau tourism association||0973-79-2381|
|Taketa city tourism association (Kuju Plateau tourism information)||0974-76-1610|
|Bus||Kokonoe Town Community Bus||0973-76-3807|
|Kyusyu Odan Bus (Sanko bus service center)||096-325-0100|
|Kyusyu Odan Bus (reservation center)||096-354-4845|
|taxi||Hato Taxi (Kokonoe town, Sujiyu hot spring)||0973-79-2510|
|Miyama Taxi (Kokonoe town)||0973-76-2121|
|Kuju Kanko Taxi (Kuju Plateau)||0974-76-1101|
|Taketa Godo Taxi (Kuju Plateau)||0974-76-0071|
|JR||Bungo Nakamura Station (JR Kyudai line)||0973-77-6824|
|Bungo Taketa station (JR Hohi line)||0974-62-2318|
|Yufuin Station (JR Kyudai line)||0977-84-2021|
|Miyaji Station (JR Hohi line)||0967-22-0071|
|Police||Chojabaru residential police box||0973-79-2352|
|Kusu Police Station (Chojabaru / Makinoto / Yoshibu trailhead)||0973-72-2131|
|Taketa Police station (Akagawa / Minami / Soumi / Gakurokuji trailhead)||0974-63-2131|
|Oita Minami Police Station (Shiramizu Kosen / Oike trailhead)||097-542-2131|
|Administration||Ministry of Environment (Kuju Administrator Office)||0973-79-2631|
|Kokonoe Town Office (Commerce, industry, tourism, nature environment department)||0973-76-3150|
|Taketa City Kuju Branch (Community Promotion Section)||0974-76-1111|