The Northern Alps are one of Japan's most popular alpine areas, thanks to easy access, world-class winter sports facilities, and towering peaks. Often referred to as the “Queen of the Northern Alps", Mt. Tsubakuro is a granite peak that rises to a height of 2,763 meters. There is a long stretch that traverses the Northern Alps for highly-skilled hikers, and Enzanso, a mountain hut on the ridgeline where hikers can lodge. The trailhead for the popular Kassen-one Ridge Trail begins at Nakabusa Onsen, which means you can enjoy a relaxing soak before or after exploring the beautiful alpine scenery. Explore more of the area by stopping in Matsumoto, the gateway to the Northern Alps, and witnessing the majesty of Matsumoto Castle.
Duration 2day / 7.5hours (Sleeping: Kassen-goya, Enzanso)
Highest Point 2,763m
Elevation Gain 1,210m
Horizontal Distance 9.6km
* Duration is an estimate and may vary depending on route and pace.
Reference: Begins at Nakabusa Onsen hot spring. Round trip via Kassen-one Ridge
From JR Matsumoto Station, take a train for about 30 minutes to JR Hotaka Station. From there, it is about 55 minutes to Nakabusa Onsen by bus.