Hello, this is _hiroyuki.ta. This time, I went on a bike tour to a mountain called Kirigamine in Nagano Prefecture. Kirigamine is one of Japan’s 100 famous mountains, and is a place with beautiful plateau scenery and alpine plants. I set off from central Tokyo by motorbike and arrived at Kirigamine after about 4 and a half hours. In this article, we will introduce the route to Kirigamine, highlights, motorcycle parking, etc.
What is Kirigamine?
Kirigamine is a volcano located in the center of Yatsugatake Chushin Kogen Quasi-National Park. The highest peak is Kurumayama, which has an altitude of 1925 meters. In addition to Kurumayama, Kirigamine includes Kita no Mimi, Minami Mimi, Choucho Miyama, Tonoshiroyama, and Ozasamine. It is made up of several mountains. Kirigamine has a cool and refreshing climate in the summer, and colorful flowers bloom in abundance. You can enjoy the beautiful autumn leaves in autumn and the snowy scenery in winter. In spring, the fresh greenery is a sight to behold. It is a place where you can enjoy nature in all four seasons.
Highlights of Kirigamine
From Kirigamine Interchange, there are sights such as Kurumayama Plateau and Yashima Wetland. I visited Kurumayama Highland and Yashima Wetland.
Kurumayama Plateau is a plateau that spreads out at the foot of Mt. Kurumayama, the highest peak of Kirigamine. Here, you can see fields of alpine plants in the summer, and beautiful autumn leaves in the fall. Since I visited in the summer, I was able to see flowers such as day lily and Japanese lily. The colors and shapes of the flowers were very beautiful. Kurumayama Highland is equipped with walking trails and observation decks. I walked along the promenade and looked at the surrounding scenery from the observation deck. From the observation deck, we could see mountains such as Mt. Yatsugatake and the Southern Alps, as well as lakes such as Lake Suwa. The air was clear and it was very refreshing.
Yashima Wetland is a wetland located in the northeastern part of Kirigamine. Here you can see plants and animals that live near water and wetlands. I walked along the wooden path and observed the state of the wetland. From the wooden path, we could see aquatic plants such as skunk cabbage and water lily, and aquatic animals such as frogs and dragonflies. The water in the marsh was very clean. Yashima Wetland also has an observation deck and a rest area. I looked out over the entire wetland from the observation deck. From the observation deck, we could see mountains such as Yatsugatake and the Southern Alps in addition to the wetlands. The contrast between the wetlands and the mountains was very beautiful.
Kirigamine motorcycle parking lot
There are several motorcycle parking lots in Kirigamine. I used a motorcycle parking lot near Kurumayama Kogen and Yashima Wetland. Below is information about the bike parking lot.
Kurumayama Kogen Parking Lot
- Address: Kurumayama Kogen, Kitayama, Chino City, Nagano Prefecture
- Price: Free
- Capacity: Approximately 20 vehicles
- Note: This is the parking lot at the entrance to Kurumayama Highlands. There are restrooms and vending machines. It is approximately 1.5 km from Kirigamine Interchange.
Yashima Marsh Parking Lot
- Address: Yashima, Kitayama, Chino City, Nagano Prefecture
- Price: Free
- Capacity: Approximately 10 vehicles
- Note: This is the parking lot at the entrance of Yashima Wetland. There are restrooms and vending machines. It is approximately 3 kilometers from Kirigamine Interchange.
This time, I went on a motorcycle tour to Kirigamine. Kirigamine is one of Japan’s 100 famous mountains, and is a place with beautiful plateau scenery and alpine plants. I visited Kurumayama Highland and Yashima Wetland. We enjoyed the nature of the flowers and wetlands. The route to Kirigamine took us along expressways, national highways, and prefectural roads. The scenery was nice and I enjoyed it. Kirigamine has a free motorcycle parking lot. There are also toilets and vending machines. I think Kirigamine is the perfect spot to go by bike. Everyone, please try going to Kirigamine by bike.
The above was sent to you by _hiroyuki.ta. Next time we look forward to!
*The English name for Kirigamine is Kirigamine.