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Kirigamine highland

Kirigamine highlandKirigamine highland mapKirigamine 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 highland.
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.)

Yashimagahara marsh

Yashimagahara marshIt 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.

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How to get to here

By railroad and route bus

  1. By limited express on JR Chuo Line, get off at Kami-Suwa station. From Shinjuku, about 2 hours and 15-35 minutes.
  2. By route bus to Kowashimizu, from Kami-Suwa station, about 36 minutes.
    The route bus from Kowashimizu to Yashimagahara marsh is operated only from mid-July to late August. About 10 minutes.
    Also the route bus from Lake Shirakaba is operated in the same period.

By car

  1. Run on Chuo Expressway and exit Suwa exits. About 170 km from Tokyo.
  2. From the exit, about 17 km to Kowashimizu, about 21 km to Yashimagahara marsh.
    From Lake Shirakaba to Kowashimizu, about 12 km.

Kirigamine highland
Photo by Shinshu-asobi-net
Hiking on Kirigamine
© Yasufumi Nishi/© JNTO
Venus Line on Kirigamine
© Nagano Prefecture/© JNTO
Lake Suwa and Southern Alps from Venus Line
Yashimagahara marsh
Yashimagahara in autumn

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