Best Hike Japan

Mt. Kirigamine

Mt. Kirigamine -image
Name in Japanese: Kirigamine (霧ヶ峰)
Location: Nagano
Elevation: 1,925 m

A mountain with a gradual peak stands behind the plateau covered with flowers

Mt. Kirigamine is known as a tourist resort since it was developed as a winter resort and is easily accessible by car. A lot of flower blooming around Kurumayama, one of the trailhead to Mt. Kirigamine, in summer. Many tourists visit here to see yellow flowers of broad dwarf day-lily in July.


Mt. Kirigamine hike - image
There are several routes to Mt. Kirigamine. The route shown here is the easiest one.

  1. From Kurumayama-kata: 1 hour 10 minutes (3.5 km)

Sample route

Route: From Kurumayama-kata
Distance: 3.5 km
Distance in elevation: 125 m
Difficulty during the best season: beginner level
Season for hikers: early May to early November

Route and estimated course time:
Kurumayama-kata -[0:40]- Mt. Kirigamine (Mt. Kurumayama) -[0:30]- Kurumayama-kata [3 hours 20 minutes]

It is very easy to hike Mt. Kirigamine using a wide trail from Kurumayama-kata. Distance in elevation from the trailhead is only 125 m. There is a lift that takes tourists close to the peak. So, you may meet many tourists on the top of the moluntain.

Stay on established trails and watch your footing, especially at overlooks and near drop-offs. Never throw or roll rocks because there may be hikers below.

Route map

sample hiking route of Mt. Kirigamine

marks on the map

Hiking report

It is not available yet.


Public transportation

  1. From Kurumayama-kata: Chino station -(bus)- Kurumayama Royal Inn (Kurumayama-kata)

Area information

Hot bath after hiking

Suzuran-no-yu (白樺湖温泉 すずらんの湯)
Fee: 700 yen/adult
Bathing time: 10:00-21:00
Telephone: 0266-68-3424


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  • Hello!

    I noticed the beauty of Japanese nature when I went to an English language school in the US. While staying the US, I enjoyed hiking at National Parks. I wanted visitors from different countries to have a good time here in Japan as I did in the US.