Mount Eboshi is located not too far from the Hokuriku Shinkansen line linking Tokyo to the city of Nagano. Reaching its summit takes about 1-2 hour from the trail-head, depending on your fitness level. The bare summit offers an impressive panoramic view of Ueda city and of mount Asama, a nearby active volcano. I was quite surprised to see a white column of smoke being released from the volcano’s crater during our trip.
Mount Karita is a nice and easy hike (about one-and-half hour climb up) with a rewarding view of the valley surrounding the city of Obuse. The mountain got its name because it looks like a bird (Kari) spreading its wings. The trailhead starts at Gansho-in temple and the hike is not so steep. The trail eventually goes through the ruins of an old castle located on the mountain. I also recommend walking in the region surrounding the trailhead parking since the fields at the base of the mountain are really picturesque.
Mount Tsurumi, an ancient volcano, is an unmistakable geological landmark of the region of Beppu. The summit of the mountain is accessible by the Kintetsu Beppu Ropeway. Many small shrines are located around the summit but the main attraction is, without any doubt, the amazing view of the bay of Beppu.
Hakuba is a famous ski resort of the Northern Japanese Alps in Nagano prefecture. In 1998, the ski competitions of the Nagano Olympics were held at the Hakuba ski resort. Other than ski in winter, the Hakuba resort offers a magnificent mountain scenery with famous mountains such as the Kashima-Yarigatake and mount Yarigatake. It can serve as an elevated starting point to some serious hikes in the Northern Japanese Alps.
We started the hike at a trail-head located close to the departure point of the Kanden Tunnel Trolleybus Continue reading Japanese mountain experience: climbing Kashima-Yarigatake
Here it is, my second panorama on GaijinGoJapan! This one is taken again in the beautiful mountains of Nagano prefecture. The main feature of the panorama is Mount Asama Continue reading Mount Kurofu, fantastic view of Mount Asama
Mount Mushikura is located in Nagano prefecture, slightly West of the town of Nagano. Its name stands for crowded (kura) with insects (mushi). Fortunately, at the time of our ascent (28 of April 2013), there were no bugs bothering us. The only living being we saw were cute salamanders in a nearby stream. Continue reading Mount Mushikura (虫倉山)