Norikura Summit TatamidairaCurrently Open
- Address: Mount Norikura, Nyukawacho Iwaidani, Takayama, Gifu Prefecture 506-2254, Japan
- Timings: 24-hrs Details
- Ticket Price: Free
- Time Required: 06:00 Hrs
- Tags: Mountain, Trail, Hiking Trail, Family And Kids, Nature, Mountain Climbing
If you want to leave the hustle-bustle of the city behind, hike through the Norikura Summit Tatamidaira trail – a haven than covers the scenic mountains with stairways and pathways that make the trail easy for beginners. The many lakes that are formed here along with the surrounding colorful flowers and trees, add to the hike while the view from the top is a highlight in itself.
Do carry your camera to capture the view all around forever in pictures.
- Carry bottled drinking water and food.
- Do wear sturdy shoes for the hike.
- Wearing sunscreen will help.
- By Bus: From mid May to October, buses depart every 1-2 hours from Hirayu Onsen via the Honokidaira parking lot for the Norikura Bus Terminal near the summit (1 hour, 1420 Japanese Yen one way, 2300 Japanese Yen round trip).
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If you have the time and health to do the hike to the shrine on the top you simply must, the view and setting is exquisite. There are several astonishing sights on the way and lots of happy Japanese hikers of all ages.
The easiest to climb 3000er mountain in Japan with stunning views right from the Bus ride to the top. You can even enjoy winter sports in Summer (for experienced boarders and skiers). The climb takes two hours from the Tatamidaira station and is mostly easy to intermediate level with the odd tricky rock in between. The change in elevation can trouble some people especially if you take the bus ride from Kanko center which has an elevation difference of 1000 meters. I had a slight headache after getting off the bus but it vanished within 30 minutes or so. Do not miss the spectacular view of the Northern Alps (20 minutes from the 2715 bus stop which is also the highest bus stop in Japan). There are multiple trails to explore and once is simply not enough. However, a day trip is more than enough to attack the summit and back. I took the 900AM bus and was back by 1600. There is a nice hot spring nearby with sulfur baths. As with all mountains, do check the weather forecast before you go because the spectacular panorama views are the highlight of this place.
Lovely climb alongside friendly Japanese people only, took around 4 hs round trip from the bus station. Very easy to access from Takayama. Lots of middle points and alternative peaks to climb for those who have a harder time. Overall a great experience!
It is a mountain recommended for bicycle lovers. There is a mountain course of the highest degree in Japan that can run on a bicycle. You can also climb from Gifu Prefecture side and Nagano prefecture side by bicycle. Especially recommended is the course from Nagano prefecture side. You will be able to enjoy the best Hill Climb.
Great views from the summit. Plenty of other shorter walks to mini-peaks. One of the most accessible summits in Japan.