Hiking Season
The hiking season for Mt. Kurikoma is from late May to early November. In other periods and during the snow season, trails are closed, and it is very dangerous to hike the mountain during that period.

spring
spring
summer
summer
fall
fall
winter
winter

Trails
There are a variety of 9 trails that lead to the summit of Mt. Kurikoma. Each trail has its own characteristics. Choose the one that suits you best.
The easiest trail is Chuo and Sukawa trail. The ascent only takes 90 minutes from the starting point to the summit. It is easy for beginners, children, and families. Almost all hikers take the trails.
Higashi Kurikoma trail is the best one for intermediates. It is a lot of fun to take the trail. There are a lot of great views. It takes about 2 hours from the starting point to the summit.
Other trails are for intermediates and advanced. It takes a long time (4-6 hours, depending on the trail). So you need to bring a lot of water, food and equipment.

Weather Information
Mt. Kurikoma is 1,626 meters (5,335 feet) high which is not so high. But it is located at a higher latitude, so the weather condition is similar to an altitude of 2,500m (8,202 feet), like the Japan Alps. The wind generally blows hard in the mountains. When the wind is blowing, you will feel even colder at the same temperature. (approximately -1.0℃ wind chill per 1 m/sec of wind velocity).

In summer, dense fog, thunder/lightning and  thunderbolt strikes very often, increasing the risk of hikers losing their way. If you hear the sound  thunder, stop whatever you are doing and go to a safe place immediately.

Equipment
You must carry rainwear, cold protection, a head lamp and a map.
You should check your equipment before departing for the hike.
When you hike Mt. Kurikoma, higher than 1,500m in altitude, you should be properly equipped, so that you can cope with a sudden weather change or unexpected delay in descending the mountain.
Shoes Trekking shoes/boots
Rainwear Separate type, Water proof jacket and trousers
Clothes Warm clothes: fleece, sweater, down jacket
Underwear Quick-drying underwear
Light Head lamp
Water About 1.5 liters of water (not available for purchase in the mountain)
Snacks Easy to take
Trash Bags Bags to bring trash back
Others Cap/hat, map, sunglasses, sunscreen, waking poles, emergency food supplies

Access
【Chuo and Higashi Kurikoma trail】
By Car
Wakayanagi-Kannari Interchange on the Tohoku Expressway

Miyagi Prefecture Route 42(Tsukidate-Kurikoma park line)

Iwakagamidaira trail head
By Bus
Kurikoma-Kogen Station on the Tohoku Shinkansen

Iwakagamidaira trail head
【Sukawa trail】
By Car
Ichinoseki Interchange on the Tohoku Expressway

Route 342

Sukawakogen-onsen trail head
By Bus
Ichinoseki Station on the Tohoku Shinkansen

Sukawakogen-onsen trail head

Rules and Regulations for hiking Mt. Kurikoma
Mt. Kurikoma is designated as part of the Mt. Kurikoma Quasi-National Park. The following acts are legally prohibited in the designated area.
Disturbing animals and plants.
Removing rocks from the area
Pitching a tent / making a fire
Releasing pets etc.
Sowing seeds or planting seedlings.

Prevent hiking incidents
The solitary peak of Mt. Kurikoma is not so high in Japan. Weather conditions can be severe at any time of year, but many people do not take the hike seriously. As a result, some dangerous and fatal hiking accidents occur.
*Mountain trails and other facilities are typically open from June to October.