Chuo Alps or Central Alps (中央アルプス Chūō Arupusu) are a mountain range mostly located in Nagano (prefecture), Japan. There are several hiking routes in the mountains and most of them are suitable for all hikers and require only a little earlier experience. Out of the mountain ranges of Japan Alps, Chuo Alps is definitely the easiest and a good place to start.
Mountain range of Chuo Alps include several peaks almost 3 km in height:
Komagane, quiet city of about 30 000 inhabitants, is the number one starting place for Chuo Alps hikes. It features frequent connections to Tokio with a highway bus and resides also on the JR Iida line, if you wish to take a train.
The ropeway from Shirabidaira (altitude 1662m) to Sensojiki (2612m) can take almost one kilometer of altitude out of your hike! One-way ricket costs ¥1180 and a return ticket ¥2200. The buses from Komagane to Shirabidaira run every half hour until 5pm.