They've reportedly been trying to climb to the peak in sandals and shorts ... during Autumn!
Mount Kumotori is one of the "sacred places" for fans of the Demon Slayer: Kimetsu no Yaiba franchise, being the supposed birthplace of the Kamedo siblings and where the story of the record-breaking series starts. As with anything related to Demon Slayer, this has caused the mountain to become a hot-spot for fans of the franchise, who are choosing to climb to the 2,017-meter high peak ... in just shorts and sandals ... during a chilly Autumn.
This has spurred the Okutama Visitor Center to issue a warning to beginner climbers, saying "Mount Kumotori is not a mountain that can be climbed easily. Even experienced climbers can take 6 to 7 hours to reach the summit one way. For beginners that may take more than 10 hours." The Center is "worried" about the number of people who go up in "T-shirts and shorts, which are obviously out of place for mountaineering" and then coming back down mid-hike.
Mount Kumotori from Saitama Prefecture in early November 2020 (Photo: Daryl Harding)
Okutama Town, the closest township to the mountain regularly reaches below freezing. A representative from the Visitor Center suggests that beginners should look into warmer clothes, a spare change of clothes, equipment, food/water, and even just any sort of camping gear for a 2 to 3-day trek.
What may be Okutama Town in the Taisho era in Demon Slayer
We'd here at Crunchyroll ask people to make sure they have everything they need to go mountaineering as well as camping (Laid-Back Camp can help teach the basics!) as well as maybe trying a smaller slope to start with rather than the biggest mountain in Tokyo prefecture!
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Daryl Harding is a Japan Correspondent for Crunchyroll News. He also runs a YouTube channel about Japan stuff called TheDoctorDazza, tweets at @DoctorDazza, and posts photos of his travels on Instagram.