Hiking in Norikura

Hi everyone,

It is Nana from J-Hoppers Hida Takayama.
It has been such a long time since I last posted on the blog !

And for come back I choose to speak about my last hike in Norikura.  A group of French customers came and we got along. They came to enjoy the Alps and wanted to go hiking before going to their next destination. So I introduces to them Kamikochi and Norikura. They enjoyed the idea and planned to go to Norikura on my day off, so I jumped on the chance to visit Norikura again with the strong will to go on the top : Kengamine peak.

That was without plan and just after a night shift and when we departed the next morning I was not really prepare for a hike wearing my everyday sneaker and a tank top (that will caused me a really sunburn) However, at was on the bus at 8:40 to reach the mountains, and we start hiking about 10:15 heading to the top. The condition was almost the best 16 degree Celsius and kind wind.

Tatamidaira viewed from the track to Kengamine
Tatamidaira is the highest bus stop in Japan
On the way we met a majority of Japanese people : highschoolers and hiking circle coming to conquer the 3,026m peak. The first half is really easy to walk, not really going up and offering good views.

Some eternal snow on the way
Can you see the meteorological building on the back ?

The Echo Line descending to Norikura Kogen

The French buddies of the day
Thank you so much for taking me with you
(Kengamine is visible ! The highest peak on the back)
Then you reach one hut before the beginning of the climb. This hut offer some lunch and sweet as well as public toilet. Once you pass through the hut here starts the really mountain hike, we only walked 30mn and have still a way to go ! The path changed from a vehicle used path to a more rough one.
Here starts the hiking path

Reaching the top ?
Looking behind, the clouds were coming from Takayama's side

Between the two peaks

The last struggle before the summit
The weather on Matsumoto side is so much better
From the top looking down to the trail 
From the top looking down to Norikura Kogen
 After having our lunch on the top with a Japanese group and another lone Japanese who speaks French, we headed back to Tatamidaira. We then walk on the really gentle Alpen flower park.
Alpen flower track is leisure walk easily accessible from Tatamidaira parking


Then the two guys waited for me and Tiphaine who decided to go to the top of Mahou peak to finish this hiking day.

On the way to Maho peak

The peak on the back is Kengamine viewed from Maho peak
We finally went down and board the 15:20 bus bring us back to Honokidaira and then Takayama. That was a great day and my only regret is the beautiful sunburn I got... It is not because the weather is cloudy on the temperature almost fresh that you are protected from the sun and UVs... Do not forget to protect yourself using sunscreen at least 2 or 3 times, and drink a lot.

We are looking forward to the start of our new tour in Norikura.
If you would like to go there we will be more than happy to introduce the mountains to you !


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