Mount Norikura:Majestic Mountain Scenery

This entry is part 2 of 10 in the series Trekking Japan’s Scenic Seasons 1

Mio’s Introduction to Mount Norikura

Hello, I’m Mio! Today, I’d like to introduce you to one of my favorite places, Mount Norikura.

Exploring Nature’s Treasure: Mount Norikura Trekking
Overview: Mount Norikura, located on the border of Nagano and Gifu Prefectures, stands at 3026 meters and is surrounded by numerous beautiful peaks. As one of Japan’s 100 famous mountains, its rich natural beauty and diverse landscapes attract many trekking enthusiasts.

History and Fun Facts

Mount Norikura has been a sacred mountain for centuries, with Norikura Shrine located at its summit. The mountain has a long history of being visited by ascetic practitioners and pilgrims. Additionally, Mount Norikura is known as a hub for skiing and snowboarding, attracting many winter sports enthusiasts during the snowy season.

Spring in Mount Norikura

Spring on Mount Norikura brings the thawing of snow and the sprouting of fresh greenery. The season is marked by the blooming of alpine flowers such as black lilies and buttercups. The refreshing breeze and budding flora make spring trekking a rejuvenating experience.

Summer in Mount Norikura

Summer on Mount Norikura features cool temperatures and lush greenery. From the summit, you can enjoy panoramic views of the Northern Alps. The blooming of alpine flowers in summer attracts many hikers, who are captivated by the stunning landscapes.

Autumn in Mount Norikura

Autumn on Mount Norikura is highlighted by vibrant fall foliage, captivating visitors. The peak season for autumn colors is from early to mid-October, when the mountain is beautifully adorned in red and yellow hues. Hiking in the crisp autumn air provides a pleasant and refreshing experience.

Winter in Mount Norikura

Winter on Mount Norikura offers serene, snow-covered landscapes. It is an ideal destination for skiing and snowboarding enthusiasts. Snowshoeing is also popular, allowing visitors to enjoy the tranquility of the snowy scenery.

Nearby Attractions

  • Norikura Shrine: Located at the summit, this shrine has a deep history of mountain worship.
  • Norikura Highlands: Known for its hot springs and beautiful waterfalls, offering seasonal natural beauty.
  • Norikura Skyline: A scenic mountain road perfect for enjoying breathtaking views during a drive.

Public Transportation:

  • Train and Bus:
  • From Tokyo, take the Nagano Shinkansen to Matsumoto Station, then take a bus to Norikura Highlands. From the highlands, you can access the trailheads.

Note: Since Japanese rail and bus schedules are subject to change, please check with the respective railway and bus companies for the most up-to-date information.

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