Mt. Kiso-Komagatake, Senjojiki Cirque
Mt. Kiso-Komagatake (2,956 m) is the tallest mountain in the Central Japanese Alps in Nagano Prefecture, towering over its neighboring peaks. It has many courses of varying difficulties, but the course that lets hikers ascend via ropeway from Shirabidaira to the Senjojiki Cirque and stroll along the relatively gentle path surrounded by alpine wildlife is one that even beginners can safely enjoy. A roundtrip hike takes about four hours, but staying the night in a mountain hut gives the opportunity to stargaze (weather permitting). Rest and relax afterward with a soak at one of the nearby hot springs.
Duration 1day / 4hours
Highest Point 2,956m
Elevation Gain 350m
Horizontal Distance 8km
* Duration is an estimate and may vary depending on route and pace.
Reference: Mt. Kiso-Komagatake Round Trip from Senjojiki Cirque
From JR Shinjuku Station, take the JR Chuo Line Limited Express for about 2.5 hours to Okaya Station. From there, take the JR Iida Line for an hour and 20 minutes to JR Komagane Station. Then, take a 45-minute bus from there to Shirabidaira Station. From there, take the ropeway to Senjojiki.