Danger: 2 out of 4 (some steep sections and some sections of loose, rocky soil)
Length: approx. 5 kilometers round-trip
Time needed: 3 1/2 to 4 hours.
Parking lot available at trail-head
Wildlife sighted: wild monkeys
How to get there:
Let google maps direct you to バーデン明日, a hot spring just outside of Nyuuzen. Take the road that runs directly in front of バーデン明日 toward the mountains. It's a well-maintained road that follows along a small river. You should pass a few farm buildings along the way, but there won't be much in the way of signage. Don't worry, you're going the right way. After 5-10 minutes, you should see a sign for the trailhead (負釣山登山道) that directs you to the left. Take it. You'll pass a fork in the road, but stay to the right and you should reach the trailhead in less than five minutes. You can't miss it--this is a very popular trail with a very respectable parking lot. If you need another sign, the road becomes a dirt road immediately after the parking lot.