Senjojiki Curl is Japan's most famous curl. During the fresh green season, the vivid greenery covering the inorganic rocky peaks and the blue sky create a spectacular view unique to Senjojiki.Senjojiki Curl is Japan's most famous curl. During the fresh green season, the vivid greenery covering the inorganic rocky peaks and the blue sky create a spectacular view unique to Senjojiki.

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Enjoy “walking” instead of climbing (Part 1)

2020.7.20

``Scenic spot on the mountain'' where you can admire Japan's 100 famous mountains

Senjojiki Curl is Japan's most famous curl. During the fresh green season, the vivid greenery covering the inorganic rocky peaks and the blue sky create a spectacular view unique to Senjojiki.
(c) HIDEAKI TANAKA/SEBUN PHOTO /amanaimages

As soon as I stepped inside, I was in another world. If you look down, the world below is far away. Beautiful alpine plants are in full bloom, and bright autumn leaves decorate the mountains. Sometimes you can admire the sea of ​​clouds and be healed by the hot water above the clouds... As the effects of floods caused by heavy rain and the new coronavirus continue, take a break from your daily routine and take a walk in the sky just for the mood. The "Premium Japan" editorial department has selected 12 scenic fields on the mountain that you would like to visit someday. We will introduce the charm and characteristics of each spot.

``Senjojiki'', where alpine plants that look like jewels decorate the rocky peaks

When you get off the ropeway, you'll be surrounded by a cool air that will make you shiver, even in the summer. Altitude: 2,612m. This is Senjojiki, the highest station in Japan. The magnificent scenery called the cirque (circle valley) that stretches out before your eyes will take your breath away. A cirque is a bowl-shaped landform carved out by ice during the Ice Age. Senjojiki Curl is said to have been formed approximately 2 years ago.

 

The ridgeline of rocky peaks centered around the sword-like peak of Mt. Hokendake creates a spectacular border line with the blue sky. If you look down little by little, you'll notice colorful flowers dotting the green curls. In early summer, a variety of unique and lovely flowers bloom in abundance, such as Koiwakagami, Chinguruma, and Japanese buttercup, and then in late summer, such as Kuruma lily, Japanese lily, and Japanese buttercup, all of which are full of uniqueness and enjoy the short summer at high altitudes.

Yotsubashiogama. A perennial herb that is distributed in the subalpine zone from Hokkaido to the central Honshu region and north. It is about 20 to 50 cm tall, and its two-tone petals of red and light purple are very eye-catching. Yotsubashiogama. A perennial herb that is distributed in the subalpine zone from Hokkaido to the central Honshu region and north. It is about 20 to 50 cm tall, and its two-tone petals of red and light purple are very eye-catching.

Yotsubashiogama. A perennial herb that is distributed in the subalpine zone from Hokkaido to the central Honshu region and north. It is about 20 to 50 cm tall, and its two-tone petals of red and light purple are very eye-catching.
(c) JUNKO TAKAHASHI/a.collectionRF /amanaimages


Senjojiki Cirque has a promenade that surrounds the flower garden. It takes about an hour to walk around the inner circle at a leisurely pace. If you're lucky, you'll be able to look down on a sea of ​​clouds and feel like you're inside a jewelry box. A treasured walk in the sky that takes you through another world on the mountain. However, entering inside the rope is strictly prohibited. Enjoy the experience of visiting the habitats of plants, insects, and wild animals that live in a harsh natural environment. Observing rules and etiquette in the mountains and nature is the pursuit of sustainability, and the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs), which have been attracting more attention recently (adopted at the 1 United Nations Summit based on 17 guidelines), are the pursuit of sustainability. It is also part of the international goal for a better world.

 

Now, back to another world on the mountain. After passing through the Senjojiki Cirque promenade, you will reach Hatchozaka, a steep, winding climb that leads to a saddle called Nokkoshi Jodo. Once you reach the top, you can enjoy a panoramic view of Mt. Kisokomagatake (2,956m above sea level, Japan's 100 Famous Mountains), the majestic mountain in the Central Alps. However, if you are not equipped or dressed for mountain climbing or trekking, it is best to limit yourself to walking around the promenade. By the way, the temperature drops by about 0.6 degrees for every 0 meters you increase in altitude. If the temperature is 25 degrees on flat land (10m above sea level), the temperature at Senjojiki Station will be XNUMX degrees or less. Even in the summer, it is recommended that you carry some warm clothing.

View of Senjojiki from Mt. Hokendake at an altitude of 2,931m. In the distance, you can see the ridgeline of the Southern Alps. The red building on the lower right is Hotel Senjojiki, which also serves as the ropeway Senjojiki station building. It is popular as the highest hotel in Japan and is booked all year round. View of Senjojiki from Mt. Hokendake at an altitude of 2,931m. In the distance, you can see the ridgeline of the Southern Alps. The red building on the lower right is Hotel Senjojiki, which also serves as the ropeway Senjojiki station building. It is popular as the highest hotel in Japan and is booked all year round.

View of Senjojiki from Mt. Hokendake at an altitude of 2,931m. In the distance, you can see the ridgeline of the Southern Alps. The red building on the lower right is Hotel Senjojiki, which also serves as the ropeway Senjojiki station building. It is popular as the highest hotel in Japan and is booked all year round.
(c) Mitsushi Okada/a.collectionRF /amanaimages

DATE
Access
Approximately 30 minutes by bus from Suganodai Bus Center to Shirabidaira Station, and approximately 7 minutes and 30 seconds by ropeway from Shirabidaira Station to Senjojiki Station. There are restrictions on private cars beyond Suga-no-dai. If you are bringing your own car, please use the Suganodai Bus Center parking lot.

 

Contact Us
Komagane Ropeway Bus (Central Alps Tourism)
759-489 Akaho, Komagane City, Nagano Prefecture
0265-83-3107
Ropeway bus round trip set (Suganodai Bus Center - Senjojiki) Adult 4,200 yen

 

Suganodai Bus Center Parking Lot
Ordinary car 1 yen per day (24 hours)
Motorcycle 1 yen per ride

 

Hotel Senjojiki (Central Alps Tourism)
1 Akaho, Komagane City, Nagano Prefecture
0265-83-3844


Enjoy walking instead of climbing
List of 5 scenic spots

The ``Zao'' mountain range, home to the green glowing explosion crater and Okama

The Okama of Mt. Zao (1,841m above sea level: Mt. Kumanodake, one of Japan's 1 Famous Mountains) whose color changes subtly depending on the weather. The journey from Jizo Sanroku Station takes about 1.5 to 30 hours via walking and climbing trails. It is also a good idea to visit the large Zao Jizo statue that sits in front of Sanroku Station, and then take a tour of the Zao Natural Botanical Garden (about XNUMX minutes per trip). After descending the mountain, be sure to visit the high-quality Zao Onsen. The Okama of Mt. Zao (1,841m above sea level: Mt. Kumanodake, one of Japan's 1 Famous Mountains) whose color changes subtly depending on the weather. The journey from Jizo Sanroku Station takes about 1.5 to 30 hours via walking and climbing trails. It is also a good idea to visit the large Zao Jizo statue that sits in front of Sanroku Station, and then take a tour of the Zao Natural Botanical Garden (about XNUMX minutes per trip). After descending the mountain, be sure to visit the high-quality Zao Onsen.

The Okama of Mt. Zao (1,841m above sea level: Mt. Kumanodake, one of Japan's 1 Famous Mountains) whose color changes subtly depending on the weather. The time required from Jizo Sancho Station is approximately 1.5 to 30 hours via walking and mountain climbing trails. The view is outstanding from the observation deck, which is a few minutes walk from the Zao High Line terminal (parking lot). It's also a good idea to visit the large Zao Jizo statue that sits in front of the summit station, and then take a tour of the Zao Natural Botanical Garden (about XNUMX minutes per trip).
DATE Zao Ropeway (229-3 Zao Onsen, Yamagata City, Yamagata Prefecture / 023-694-9518) Zao Sanroku Station - Jizo Sancho Station Round trip 3,000 yen for adults
(c) maso/a.collectionRF /amanaimages

Experience the sky in a rock garden overlooking Mt. Nikko Shirane

The highest peak north of Kanto, Mt. Nikko Shirane (elevation 2,578m, one of Japan's XNUMX Famous Mountains). In contrast to the rough terrain near the mountaintop, the rock garden (pictured) is in full bloom in the summer with plants such as dicentra, the queen of alpine plants, and the near-threatened silver hyacinth. Soothe your tiredness in the footbath (free of charge) on the Tenku Terrace, and enjoy a delicious meal at the Tenku Café. You can enjoy a day in the sky. The highest peak north of Kanto, Mt. Nikko Shirane (elevation 2,578m, one of Japan's XNUMX Famous Mountains). In contrast to the rough terrain near the mountaintop, the rock garden (pictured) is in full bloom in the summer with plants such as dicentra, the queen of alpine plants, and the near-threatened silver hyacinth. Soothe your tiredness in the footbath (free of charge) on the Tenku Terrace, and enjoy a delicious meal at the Tenku Café. You can enjoy a day in the sky.

The highest peak north of Kanto, Mt. Nikko Shirane (elevation 2,578m, one of Japan's 9 Famous Mountains). In contrast to the rugged mountaintop area, in the rock garden (pictured), the queen of alpine plants, dicentra, blooms in full bloom in the summer, and from late September you can enjoy the earliest autumn leaves in the Kanto region. After your walk, soothe your tiredness with a free footbath on the Tenku Terrace and enjoy a delicious meal at the Tenku Café. You can enjoy a day in the sky.
DATE Nikko Shirane Ropeway (Marunuma Highland, 4658-58 Higashi Ogawa, Katashina Village, Tone District, Gunma Prefecture / 0278-58-2211) 2,000 yen for adults, round trip from Sanroku Station to Summit Station

Descend to “Tsuboniwa” which feels like outer space and feel the heart of Yatsugatake

The Northern Eighth area is known for its tranquil forests and lakes, while the Southern Eighth area is known for its majestic mountain features, including its main peak, Akadake (2,899m high, one of Japan's 30 Famous Mountains). Tsuboniwa, located near the north-south boundary of the ever-changing Mt. Yatsugatake, is a work of art created by nature. The land looks like outer space with exposed lava rock, the striped blight phenomenon, autumn leaves, frost-covered trees...it has a unique look every season. The walking route takes 40 to XNUMX minutes. The Northern Eighth area is known for its tranquil forests and lakes, while the Southern Eighth area is known for its majestic mountain features, including its main peak, Akadake (2,899m high, one of Japan's 30 Famous Mountains). Tsuboniwa, located near the north-south boundary of the ever-changing Mt. Yatsugatake, is a work of art created by nature. The land looks like outer space with exposed lava rock, the striped blight phenomenon, autumn leaves, frost-covered trees...it has a unique look every season. The walking route takes 40 to XNUMX minutes.

The Northern Eighth area is known for its tranquil forests and lakes, while the Southern Eighth area is known for its majestic mountain features, including its main peak, Akadake (2,899m high, one of Japan's 30 Famous Mountains). Tsuboniwa, located near the north-south boundary of the ever-changing Mt. Yatsugatake, is a work of art created by nature. The land looks like outer space with exposed lava rock, the striped blight phenomenon, autumn leaves, frost-covered trees...it has a unique look every season. The walking route takes 40 to XNUMX minutes.
DATE Kita Yatsugatake Ropeway (Kita Yatsugatake Resort 4035-2541 Kitayama, Chino City, Nagano Prefecture/0266-67-2009) Sanroku Station - Tsuboniwa Station Round trip 2,100 yen for adults
(c) GYRO PHOTOGRAPHY/a.collectionRF /amanaimages

``Tsugaike Nature Park'' approaches Hakuba Daisetsu Gorge after passing through the beautiful high marshes.

At Tsugaike Nature Park, you can enjoy multiple courses while admiring the high marshland where skunk cabbage grows and the flower fields where daylily blooms. Almost the entire walking path is a comfortable wooden path (some of it is a mountain trail). The tour takes about 3 to 4 hours. At the observation wetland in the innermost part, Mt. Shiromadake (2,932m above sea level, Japan's XNUMX Famous Mountains) and Hakuba Daisetsu Gorge are right in front of you. At Tsugaike Nature Park, you can enjoy multiple courses while admiring the high marshland where skunk cabbage grows and the flower fields where daylily blooms. Almost the entire walking path is a comfortable wooden path (some of it is a mountain trail). The tour takes about 3 to 4 hours. At the observation wetland in the innermost part, Mt. Shiromadake (2,932m above sea level, Japan's XNUMX Famous Mountains) and Hakuba Daisetsu Gorge are right in front of you.

At Tsugaike Nature Park, you can enjoy multiple courses while admiring the high marshland where skunk cabbage grows and the flower fields where daylily blooms. Almost the entire walking path is a comfortable wooden path (some of it is a mountain trail). The tour takes about 3 to 4 hours. At the observation wetland in the innermost part, Mt. Shiromadake (2,932m above sea level, Japan's XNUMX Famous Mountains) and Hakuba Daisetsu Gorge are right in front of you.
DATE Tsugaike Panorama Way (Hakuba Tourism Development Tsugaike Sales Headquarters 12840-1 Oaza Chikuni Otsu, Otari Village, Kitaazumi District, Nagano Prefecture / 0261-83-2255) Tsugaike Kogen Station - Shizenen Station round trip + Nature Park entrance fee: 3,700 yen for adults
(c) YOSHITSUGU NISHIGAKI/SEBUN PHOTO /amanaimages

Admire the sacred mountain Utaki from the flower fields at the foot of the mountain and the Iimori Plateau

Mt. Ontake is a sacred mountain that has been known as a mountain of worship since ancient times. On the other hand, there is also a colorful area where flowers decorate the foot of the mountain. There is a field of flowers such as begonias in front of Kanose Ropeway Station, and an alpine botanical garden at Iimori Kogen, the summit station. From the observation deck overlooking Mt. Ontake, you can enjoy a panoramic view of the Northern and Central Alps. Mt. Ontake is a sacred mountain that has been known as a mountain of worship since ancient times. On the other hand, there is also a colorful area where flowers decorate the foot of the mountain. There is a field of flowers such as begonias in front of Kanose Ropeway Station, and an alpine botanical garden at Iimori Kogen, the summit station. From the observation deck overlooking Mt. Ontake, you can enjoy a panoramic view of the Northern and Central Alps.

Mt. Ontake is a sacred mountain that has been known as a mountain of worship since ancient times. On the other hand, there is also a colorful area where flowers decorate the foot of the mountain. There is a field of flowers such as begonias in front of Kanose Ropeway Station, and an alpine botanical garden at Iimori Kogen, the summit station. From the observation deck overlooking Mt. Ontake, you can enjoy a panoramic view of the Northern and Central Alps.
DATE Mitake Ropeway (Asmo Group Mitake 1, Kiso-cho, Kiso-gun, Nagano Prefecture/0264-46-2525) Kanose Station - Iimori Kogen Station round trip 2,600 yen for adults
(c) BUD international /amanaimages

Text by Koichi Yamamoto (DO Mt. BOOK)

 

 

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