Hi, how’s eveything?
We just had a terrible typhoon a few days ago.
It didn’t hit Takayama, the area where I live now, but a lot of places in Nagano have damaged seriously.
I hope nothing bad will happen this year any more…
Last month I climbed Mt. Norikura, which is 3,026m meters above sea level and is one of Japan’s 100 famous mountains.
It was my first time to get there and I really enjoyed my trip so I would like to share about it here.
To get there, it is the best to take a bus.
Private cars are not allowed in the area.
Bus goes to a station at 2,702 meters above sea level (which is the highest bus stop in Japan).
You can use Nohi bus from Takayama, Hirayu, or Honoki-daira(takes about 90min, 60min, 45min respectively).
From the bus station, you can choose to climb different areas as shown on the map below.
To its highest peak, Mt.Kegamine, it takes about 90 min on foot.
Although you could wear casual clothes and shoes, you are strongly advised to wear climbing shoes as the way to get there is really steep and can be slippery if it rains.
You can enjoy watching beautiful ponds, flowers, and wild life such as Ptarmigans in Mt.Norikura.
From mid-July to mid-September, you can take early morning bus to see the sunrise, and Norikura is particularly popular during September to October when visitors can enjoy beautiful Autumn leaves.
If you are planning to visit Mt. Norikura this year, you need to be hurry because it will be closed at the end of Oct. The opening day is on May 15th every year.
Mt. Norikura is a perfect place to hike in Japan!
Enjoy visiting there and taking pictures of beautiful nature.
See you next time!