Mt. Hiuchi, Mt. Myoko
The rocky ridges and caldera of Mt. Myoko (2,454 m) stand in sharp contrast to the lush wetlands of neighboring Mt. Hiuchi (2,462 m) only 5.3 kilometers away, but both earn their spot among Japan’s 100 most famous mountains. Hike between the peaks and discover hot springs and ski resorts, stay overnight in a mountain lodge on the shore of a pond in the foothills of Mt. Hiuchi, or ride the Myoko Sky Cable gondola halfway up Mt. Myoko for spectacular views from July to November. Nearby Lake Nojiri offers further opportunity to explore, with a nature trail that circumnavigates the lake, and a cruise to Biawajima Island, which is the sacred grounds of Uga-jinja Shrine.
Duration 2day / 12.5hours (Sleeping: Koyaike Hutte, Kurosawa-ike Hutte, Otani Hutte)
Highest Point 2,462m (Mt. Hiuchi)
Elevation Gain 1,214m
Horizontal Distance 22.2km
* Duration is an estimate and may vary depending on route and pace.
Reference: Traverse of Mt. Hiuchi and Mt. Myoko from Mt. Sasagamine
From Nagano Station, take the Kita-Shinano Line of Shinano Railway for about 45 minutes to Myoko-Kogen Station. From there, take the Sasagamine Direct Bus to the Sasagamine trailhead, which takes about 50 minutes. Note that the direct bus only operates from July through October.