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Chuo Alps

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Chuo Alps

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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.


Hiking trails in Chuo Alps


Mountain range of Chuo Alps include several peaks almost 3 km in height:

  • Kiso-Komagatake, 2956m
  • Hokendake, 2931m
  • Hinokiodake, 2728m
  • Utsugidake, 2864
  • Minami-Komagatake, 2841m
  • Kosumoyama, 2631m
  • Ena-san, 2190m (not on the map, located little further southwest)

Get in

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.



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