Kirigamine is a mountain
located about 10 km west of Mount Tateshina, and about 10 km northeast
of Lake Suwa.
It is a shield volcano, so it has relatively-gentle slopes.
The highest peak is Mount Kurumayama (1,925 m), and the east side of
the mountain is Tateshina
Kirigamine highland spreads at a height of 1,500-1,900 meters on the west slope of the mountain.
Here is cool, and is sometimes covered by a fog. "Kirigamine" means
"ridge of fog".
The area is mostly extensive glassland, and is filled with blossoming alpine plants in summer.
The sightseeing road "Venus Line" from Tateshina highland runs through the area.
Kowashimizu district located about 3 km west of Mount Kurumayama is the
central town, and there are some hotels and inns.
And Kirigamine is the birthplace of glider in Japan, so there is a runway for glider near the town.
(A professor was interested in glider in Germany, and he founded the glider club in 1932 after his returning home. Then this runway was built in 1933.)
It is a marsh
located about 2.5 km north of Kowashimizu district. The altitude is
about 1,630 meters, and it is about 43 hectares in area.
It is the most popular spot in Kirigamine, and we often call it "Yashima marsh" in short.
It is one of high altitude marshes like Oze, and is designated as a national natural treasure.
It has 8-meter-thick peat layer, and has been formed over 12,000 years.
There is the visitor center near Venus Line. It is opened from April
29th to November 10th.
A walking trail is set up around the marsh. The length is about 5 km, and we can walk for about 1.5 hours.
Photo by Shinshu-asobi-net
© Yasufumi Nishi/© JNTO
© Nagano Prefecture/© JNTO
Nishina 3 lakes
Narai post station