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Mt. Kisokomagatake Round Trip from Senjojiki Cirque

This course uses ropeways to help you climb the tallest mountain in the Central Japanese Alps.
  • Duration
    1Day 4Hours
    Highest Point
    2956m
    Elevation Gain
    350m
  • Skill Level
    Fitness Level
    Gear Level

Mt. Kisokomagatake, located in the northern part of Central Japanese Alps in Nagano Prefecture, is the tallest mountain in the Central Japanese Alps.
There are many approaches to hike Mt. Kisokomagatake including courses from the Kiso Valley (Kiso-dani) and courses from the Kitagosho trailhead, but here we will introduce a beginner-friendly route that uses a ropeway to ascend up to the Senjojiki Cirque located at an elevation of 2,600 meters.
Alpine plants cover the Senjojiki Cirque in summer while the peak offers views of the superb scenery above clouds.

After getting off the ropeway, the Senjojiki Cirque will spread out before your eyes.
From the bottom of the Cirque, climb the steep slope, which is scattered with granite rocks of various sizes.
After climbing to the top of the steep slope, which is equipped with handholds and steps, you will arrive at Jodo Nokkoshi (Johdo Nokkoshi), where expansive ridgelines will spread out before your eyes.
Looking back, you will see the Senjojiki Cirque spread out below you.
After passing the blue-roofed Hoken Sanso mountain hut (Hohken Sanso) and ascending the gently-sloping trail, you will arrive at Mt. Nakadake, which is lined with massive boulders.
As you ascend the gentle slope, you will find the Komagatake Chojo Sanso mountain hut half-way up to the peak.
After passing the mountain hut, you will start the final gently-sloping hike to the summit, which is scattered with granite rocks.
There are two shrines stemming back to the days of mountain worship located at the peak.
From the peak you can enjoy a commanding view of the Central Japanese Alps including the precipitous Mt. Hoken (Hoken-dake or Hohken-dake) and the triangular Mt. Sannosawa (Sannosawa-dake).
Take the same path down the mountain.

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After ascending to the peak while enjoying the views of the alpine plants in summer or the autumn colors in fall you will be treated to a sweeping view of Mt. Ontake (Ontake-san), Mt. Fuji (Fuji-san) and the Japanese Alps.
You can also stay the night at the mountain hut and, if the weather cooperates, enjoy stargazing at night.
Komagane Highland (Komagane Kohgen) at the base of the mountain offers a full range of tourist attractions to enjoy including hot springs, hotels, and restaurants.

Notes

Watch out for the signs of altitude sickness as the ropeway you will be taking ascends very quickly up to Senjojiki Cirque.

Route Map

Elevation Map

Height (m)
Horizontal Distance (km)

Spec

Duration
1Day 4Hours
Highest Point
2956m
Elevation Gain
350m
Horizontal Distance
8Km
Skill Level
Fitness Level
Gear Level

On the Trail

Sleeping

Hoken Sanso, Komagatake Chojo Sanso, Chojo Kiso Koya

Eating

Hotel Senjojiki

Hot-Springs

Komakusa no Yu

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Access

Take the JR Chuo Line from Tokyo Station to Shinjuku Station (Approx. 15 minutes). From Shinjuku Station, transfer to the JR Chuo Line Limited Express and get off at Okaya Station (Approx. 2 and a half hours). Transfer to the JR Iida Line at Okaya Station and you will arrive in Komagane Station (Approx. an hour and 20 minutes).
Transfer to the local bus at Komagane Station to Suganodai Bus Center (Approx. 10 minutes). From here, transfer to the Kogen Bus to Shirabidaira (Approx. 30 minutes). Transfer to the ropeway here to the Senjojiki Cirque (Approx. 7 minutes).

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