Sugadaira highland [菅平]
Pasture in Sugadaira
Trekking route in Sugadaira
Sugadaira is a highland located about 15 km northeast of Ueda city and about 25 km southeast of Nagano city.
This area is a highland located at the level of 1,300 to 1,500 meters.
To the east and the north of this area, there are some mountains over 2,000 meters.
Mount Azumaya (四阿山, 2,354 m) and Mount Neko (根子岳, 2,207 m) are the main mountains.
The trekking routes to these mountains are set up.
It is cool in summer, so here has been the popular place for the training camp of rugby from old times.
Now, there are various sports facilities such as rugby, soccer, track and field, tennis and golf.
And we can enjoy various outdoor sports such as mountain biking, paragliding, orienteering, fishing and horse riding.
It is very cold in winter.
The temperature in January often becomes lower than 10 degrees C below the freezing point.
So there are some ski slopes in this area.
The scenery and climate are similar to Davos in Switzerland, so here is sometimes called "Davos in Japan".
Ski area in Sugadaira
Karasawa-no-taki in Sugadaira
Above facilities are dotted within about 5 to 6 km.
Of course, there are pastures, marshes and forests in this area.
As a sightseeing spot, there is Karasawa-no-taki falls (唐沢の滝) at the south edge of the area.
How to get here
By Hokuriku Shinkansen, about 1 hours 30 to 40 minutes from Tokyo to Ueda.
Then, by route bus, about 50 minutes from Ueda station.