Myoko-Togakushi renzan National Park

Living in the arms of Mother Earth

The area is characterized by a landscape of reservoirs, highlands scattered across the base of mountains, and lakes as typified by Lake Nojiri. Though only covering a small area, the park is densely packed with distinct mountains; diverse structures of a volcanic origin, caldera, non-volcanic independent summits and a non-volcanic mountain range. This is a place of proactive mountain worship.

Visiting Japan's National Parks

Myoko-Togakushi renzan National Park, like all of Japan's national parks, has no entrance fees, no opening and closing hours, and a permit is not required to enter or stay in the park. The national parks of Japan differ from national parks worldwide in that the land within the national parks is not exclusively designated for national park use and is made up of private property as well as public and protected areas. Visitors are free to enter and leave at any time.

Park Highlights

Mt. Iizuna is recommended for beginner mountaineers and experts can enjoy the steep Togakushi Mountain Range. The highland at the base of mountains attracts numerous visitors who are drawn to explore the abundant nature in the summer and skiing and natural hot springs in the winter.

DON'T MISS

  • Naena Falls—one of Japan's best waterfalls
  • A trip to beautiful Kagami-ike Pond
  • Crimson foliage of Mt. Amakazari, visible from mid to end of October

This park area is a heavy snowfall area, in which the harsh yet magnificent workings of nature, coupled with the unique culture and mountain worship, create the unique scenery only found in this part of the world.

ACTIVE VOLCANOS MT. MYOKO AND MT. YAKEYAMA

Mt. Myoko is a double volcano (marked as a composite volcano) and exhibits a unique and majestic appearance. From time to time, Mt. Yakeyama spews fumes even now.

OTARI ONSEN

The foot of Mt. Myoko has seven natural hot springs with five different types of spring quality and three different colors, making it a hot-spring village that is rich in variety; such a kind is rare in Japan. Otari Onsen has been a famous natural hot spring for over 450 years.

SASAGAMINE AND YUMEMIDAIRA PLATEAU

Besides the rich natural forests, Sasagamine also gives a glimpse of the history of human activity, such as farms and dams. It offers well-developed nature trails and visitors can enjoy camping and trekking.

LEGENDS

The area is home to a variety of legends; from the myth of the ogress of Togakushi, to the ninja of Shugendo, this is a site to retrace the footsteps of culture.

About the Park 

On the border of Niigata Prefecture and Nagano Prefecture, the Myoko-Togakushi renzan National Park is a new national park opened in March 2015, straddling two prefectures and six municipalities.

FACTS & FIGURES

  • Date of National Park Designation: March 27, 2015
  • Area: 39,772 ha (397.72 square kilometers)
  • Location: Niigata, Nagano prefectures

PARKS RULES & SAFETY 

As with any national park or conservation area, visitors to Myoko-Togakushi renzan are required to observe the following rules for safety and to protect the area's natural biodiversity:

  • Carry in, carry out: Take all of your trash with you.
  • Do not pick wildflowers or damage plants.
  • Do not feed the wild animals.
  • Hunting is not permitted.
  • No fishing unless with a certified guide.
  • No smoking while walking.
  • Campfires are only permitted in designated areas.
  • Do not enter areas outside the boardwalks and footpaths.
  • Please do not trample on or touch the flora.
  • Caution: Asian black bears about!
  • Be sure to have a map handy when walking the hiking routes and turn back if you get lost. 
  • Be sure to choose a mountain that matches your physical strength and skills.
  • Be sure to use a restroom prior to start climbing and consider using plastic bags for toilets while climbing.
  • Be sure to bring back any used toilet paper.