Best Hike Japan

Mt. Tateshina

Mt. Tateshina - image
Name in Japanese: Tateshina-yama (蓼科山)
Location: Nagano
Elevation: 2,530 m

A beautiful cone-shaped mountain also known as Suwa-Fuji

Mt. Tateshina locates at the northern end of Yatsugatake Mountains. It is a beautiful corn-shaped, individual mountain. There are many big rock on the mountaintop since a new eruption spew forth lava and rocks on the corn-shaped volcano. The image of Mt. Tateshina reflected in Lake Megami (Lake Goddess) is beautiful.


Mt. Tateshina hike - image
There are several routes to Mt. Tateshina. The route shown here is popular for hikers.

  1. From Gosenshui shizen-en: 3 hours 25 minutes (6 km)

Sample route

Route: From Gosenshui shizen-en
Distance: 6 km
Distance in elevation: 700 m
Difficulty during the best season: beginner level
Season for hikers: June to early November

Route and estimated course time:
Gosenshui shizen-en -[0:20]- 7th step -[1:10]- Shogun-daira -[0:30]- Mt. Tateshina -[0:20]- Shogun-daira -[0:50]- 7th step -[0:15]- Gosenshui shizen-en [3 hours 25 minutes]

The route is a gentle slope among trees until Shogun-daira. Good view is not expected on the way to Shogun-daira. From Shogun-daira, it becomes a steep rock‐strewn slope. It is slippy when ricks are wet. View of Japan Alps, Mt. Utsukushidaira, Mt. Kirigamine is expected in sunny day.

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. Tateshina

marks on the map

Hiking report

It is not available yet.


Public transportation

  1. From Gosenshui shizen-en: Chino station -(bus)- Higashi-Shirakabako -(bus)- Tateshina Farm -(gondola lift)- Gosenshui shizen-en

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.