[Scenic Touring] [Yamanashi Prefecture] Motorcycle trip to Mt. Kaikomagatake! Solo Harley trip to be impressed by the majesty of Japan’s 100 Famous Mountains

Hello, this is _hiroyuki.ta. This time, I took a motorcycle tour from central Tokyo to Mt. Kaikomagatake in Hokuto City, Yamanashi Prefecture. Mt. Kaikomagatake is a majestic mountain with an altitude of 2,967m that has been selected as one of Japan’s 100 Famous Mountains. In this article, I would like to introduce the route to Mt. Kaikomagatake, highlights, motorcycle parking, etc.


What is Mt. Kaikomagatake?


Mt. Kaikomagatake is a mountain that straddles Hokuto City, Yamanashi Prefecture and Minamisaku District, Nagano Prefecture, and is the main peak of the Central Alps. This mountain has been an object of worship since ancient times, and there is a shrine at the top of the mountain. This mountain is also known as a mecca for outdoor sports such as mountain climbing and skiing. In particular, the Kuroto Ridge route is one of the best in Japan to enjoy snowy valleys, and is visited by many climbers and skiers from winter to spring.

Route to Mt. Kaikomagatake


This time, I toured by motorcycle from central Tokyo to Mt. Kaikomagatake. My favorite car is a Harley-Davidson FLSB Sport Glide. I entered the Shuto Expressway’s Inner Loop Line from Tokiwabashi. I transferred from the Shuto Expressway’s Inner Loop Line to the Shuto Expressway No. 4 Shinjuku Line and entered the Chuo Expressway. The Chuo Expressway is a road that connects Tokyo to Nagano, and you can see famous mountains such as Mt. Fuji and Mt. Yatsugatake along the way. I drove about 150km on the Chuo Expressway and got off at Sutama IC. Enter National Route 141 from Sutama IC. National Route 141 is called the Kiyosato Line and is a road that passes through Kiyosato Plateau and the southern foot of Mt. Yatsugatake. This road has many tourist attractions such as lush scenery, farms and orchards. I drove about 15km on National Route 141 and arrived at the Kuroto Ridge trailhead in Shirasu, Hakushu Town.

Highlights of Mt. Kaikomagatake


I arrived at Mt. Kaikomagatake. The sight of Mt. Kaikomagatake rising in front of us was spectacular.

I attempted Mt. Kaikomagatake from the Kuroto ridge trailhead. The Kuroto Ridge route is popular with climbers and skiers as it is a varied course that includes snowy valleys and rocky areas. I started walking this route, but it ended up being a bullet climb, so I gave up. However, the view of Mt. Kaikomagatake from the mountain trail was amazing. I headed back to the trailhead, feeling satisfied and accomplished.

Motorcycle parking lot at Mt. Kaikomagatake


After enjoying Mt. Kaikomagatake, I looked for a place to park my bike. There is no parking lot exclusively for motorcycles at Mt. Kaikomagatake, but there are several parking lots for cars. One of the most recommended is the Ojirakawa Valley parking lot near the Kuroto Ridge trailhead. This parking lot is free to use and has convenient access to Mt. Kaikomagatake. However, the number of seats is limited, so we recommend that you get there early. There is no problem if you park it with your car. However, please remember to be considerate and polite to other users.


This time, I went on a motorcycle tour from central Tokyo to Mt. Kaikomagatake. Mt. Kaikomagatake is a majestic mountain with an altitude of 2,967m that has been selected as one of Japan’s 100 Famous Mountains. I looked at Mt. Kaikomagatake and the surrounding mountains from the observatory and walked along a route called Kuroto ridge. On this tour, I was able to experience Japan’s nature and mountain climbing culture. By going by bike, I was able to enjoy the scenery and feel the breeze along the way. I think Mt. Kaikomagatake is an attractive spot for bikers. Please come and visit us at least once.

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